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Gran Fondo Campagnolo Roma 2017
October 6, 2017 - October 8, 2017
Gran Fondo Campagnolo Roma Event
The Gran Fondo Campagnolo Roma has a length of 75 miles with an altitude of 6,643 ft elevation. For well trained riders. Certainly challenging and suitable for those with well trained legs and lungs. For this reason, to make it even more attractive to those who see the bike a means to compete (with others or themselves), the routes are varied and difficult. The route within Rome: Fori Imperiali, Piazza Venezia, Piazza Argentina, Corso Rinascimento, S. Andrea della Valle, via Tomacelli, Largo Goldoni, Via del Corso, Piazza del Popolo, LungoTevere to Via di Porta San Sebastiano. Then, once out of town in the direction of the Castles immortalized by centuries of stories, poems, songs and movies. Ancient villages, evocative, steeped in history and immersed in enchanted landscapes.
Lake Albano, which the Pope’s summer residence oversees, Rocca di Papa, Rocca Priora, Montecompatri are our four challenging timed climbs, with hard, dry features as they say in cycling words, could “be very painful” the muscles already tested by a path not exactly flat, especially in the city section with Roman cobblestones reminiscent of the legendary North European pavé.
The timed hill climbs:
Panoramica (Lake Albano) 2.3 kilometers, with an average gradient of 5.9% and a maximum of 8%.
Murus (Rocca di Papa) 1.1 kilometers with an average gradient of 10.3% and a maximum of 16%.
Rocca Priora – Trofeo Corriere dello Sport 6 kilometres, average gradient of 6.3% and maximum 13%
Rostrum (Montecompatri) 0.720 meters with a wall at an average gradient of 12% and maximum of 18%.
Rome is always near. You ride the hills, touching 800 meters above sea level, the fresh air, the feeling of being on vacation but wanting to race, that makes you want to crank it up. Head down, with hills and slopes and then Pratoni del Vivaro, a landscape straight out of Spaghetti Westerns, the Roman countryside and finally the return to Rome … goodbye to the freshness of the Castelli, hello the heat of the Eternal City.
An innovative gran fondo. Final classifications are awarded and for each category based on timing of the timed climbs with prizes in each category according to the times recorded in the four official hill climbs.
And a wonderful new initiative called Campagnolo Campagnolo Climbing Championship, for those who will go first in the four climbs of the Gran Fondo: Overview of the time trial, the Murus, Rocca Priora – Trofeo Corriere dello Sport and Rostrum who will have the honor of a special mesh.
A ranking for men, women of different categories in order to better represent all competitive, rewarding the most competitive, from the youngest to the oldest, will consecrate the Campagnolo Climbing Champion. And also two links will award the winners in the overall calculation of the 4 climbs and after arrivals you will be able to celebrate the King of Rome and The Queen of Rome. All Campagnolo Climbing Champion will show off their jersies the next year and will be entitled to a place in the front row of the starting grid. And, at the Expo Village, a Roman column “Wall of Fame” will have plates with the names of the winners.
Friday 6th October 2017 – Arrival day
Make your own way to your chosen hotel in Rome or book our airport transfer (bookable extra at £ ) and arrive at your hotel where you will spend the next 3 nights on bed and breakfast basis. If you choose to book our airport transfers, you should aim for flights to arrive into Rome no later than 6pm. Our hotel is excellently located in the centre of Rome, for ease of access to the Race start and Race Finish, so all you have to do is focus on your riding. If you arrive in time, this afternoon would be a good time to build your bike.
Saturday 7th October 2017 – Race registration and Expo
If you haven’t yet built your bike, please do this after breakfast. This morning there will be a bike tour with a local guide. Today you will also need to head to the Race Expo, which will be open between the hours of 9.00am – 8.00pm, where you will collect yo0ru bib number, timing chip (available for hire at the Expo for €5 plus €10 deposit which is returned when you return the chip immediately after the race) and bike tag for tomorrow’s event.
To collect your bib, you will be required to present at the expo:
Either a UCI recognised federation cycling license for 2016 OR purchase a one day FCI insurance card for approximately €15
If you do not hold a UCI recognised federation cycling licence, you will also be required to present a recently issued Sports Medical Certificate. Without the UCI licence or Sports Medical Certificate, you will NOT be able to ride.
Your valid form of identification
Your Race Number voucher (which will be emailed to you by the 5th October 2017 by the organisers)
After bib collection, the rest of your day is free to make sure that your bike is in full working order for tomorrow’s event and make any last minute adjustments that you need.
Sunday 8th October 2017 – Gran Fondo Campagnolo Roma
This is the big day! After an early breakfast, head from the hotel down to the race start at Via dei Fiori Imperiali, alongside the Colosseum. This is a short ride of no more than a couple of kilometres from the hotel. Meeting time is at 06.00am this morning, with both the Gran Fondo start times being at 07.15am. If you are not in your starting group 15 (fifteen) minutes before the start, you will automatically be assigned to the last group.
To ensure that you have the best experience and are able to take part, you need to make sure that you have the mandatory equipment with you:
Use a hard-shell helmet with the straps buckled for the entire duration of the race
A puncture repair kit and spare tube
Your frame number and boy number, both legible
During the event, your entry includes:
Breakdown assistance (spares are not included)
Medical care along the route
Broom wagon service
Race pack and race number
Pasta party at the finish
A downloadable certificate
Once you finish the race, make your way back to the hotel, which is a short ride from the finish. You will need to break your bike down this evening, ready for tomorrow’s morning departure.
Monday 9th October 2017 – Departure Day
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and depart Rome, or take our pre-bookable airport transfer back to the airport.