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 http://www.cyclingsouvenirs.com/gran-fondo-pinarello-2014/

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

Friday, May 30, 2014

Monte Grappa Time Trial makes gaps


Nairo Quintana cemented his position as Giro leader with a win today on the Monte Grappa.  The individual time trail up the massive mountain gave him time on all his rivals.  Most of all it put time into second place GC contender Rigoberto Uran who lost 1min 26 seconds despite being 3rd fastest on the hill.

Aru continued his climb up the placing with a performance that was just 17sec down on Quintana.  Aru now jumps to 3rd on General Classification.  Meantime Rolland lost time and his 3rd position.

Cadel Evans, despite losing more time to Nairo, actually climbed back up the leader board and is now 7th overall.  He swops with Hejedal who clearly didn't have as productive a day.

Nairo now have over 3mins on his nearest rival (Uran) and nearly 4mins on Aru. Everybody else is well over 5mins+ back.