Sunday, November 02, 2014

Key Giro stage starts in Treviso

Saturday 23rd May 2015 sees a long TT in next year's Giro d'Italia.  Already recognised as likely to generate big time gaps the "race of truth" stage 14 is regarded as the big attraction for Sky's Chris Froome.  Nearly 60km long means his time trial prowess can really come into play - minutes rather than seconds could be gained.

The TT is likely to start outside the famous Pinarello shop in Treviso (same start for the La Pina Gran Fondo in July) and takes a similar route over the flat plains towards Conegliano.  From there it gets bumpy as the route goes over the Prosecco vineyard hills all the way to a finish in Valdobbiadene (Val-dob-bia-dene).  This is the start town for the September Prosecco Cycling Classic.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Maratona entry deadline

The big Italian sportive high up in the Dolomites (the start is at 1500m) has "pre-entry" open until the 5th November.  Such is the popularity that you have to pay 2 euros to register for the ballot, then wait to be told if you have gained a place.

The event itself is truly spectacular:

Go here to try your luck!

My reconnaissance of the whole route is here

Cyclosport have more details

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Gran Fondo Pinarello report

I've just read the great report from Cycling Souvenirs about their visit to the Pinarello Gran Fondo - brought back all the memories of  the ones I've done - all the same elements of style, speed and big hills!

Check it out at

Saturday, August 02, 2014

ITALIAN CYCLING JOURNAL: 2015 Giro d'Italia: Liguria Start

ITALIAN CYCLING JOURNAL: 2015 Giro d'Italia: Liguria Start: The 2015 Giro d’Italia will kick off on the 9th of May, with an 18km team time trial along the coast between San Lorenzo al Mare to San R...

Friday, June 06, 2014

Gran Fondo season

With the Giro over Italians turn their attention to their own efforts and a series of Gran Fondos through June and July.
Final climb on GF Sportful
This weekend sees the Gran Fondo Eddy Merckx near Verona (and Lake Garda) and next weekend will be the Gran Fondo Sportful out of Feltre, north of Venice.

After that is the Sella Ronda bike day in the Dolomites - a unique closed road opportunity to ride in the high passes around Corvara (basically the Maratona routes).  And then ofcourse the big one - the Maratona d'les Dolomites is in early July, followed by La Pina - the Pinarello sponsored Gran Fondo starting in Treviso.

Quick links:

GF Eddy Merckx review for Cyclosport
GF Sportful review for Cyclosport
SellaRonda - coming soon
Maratona - 3 part review of whole course
La Pina - 2011, 2012 editions