Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Record Breaking Granfondo di Laigueglia

The first major granfondo of the 2011 Italian granfondo season, the Granfondo di Laigueglia, drew a record breaking 3,900 cyclists. Coming from all over Italy, and other countries, the riders flooded the start town of Riviera di Ponente on Sunday. A day that in spite of weather forecasts gave cyclists a cloudy sky, sometimes sunny, and temperatures much like Spring.

The 112km route with 1300m of ascent followed previous editions with some variations, the ascent towards Arnasco, then Onzo, descending to Villanova di Albenga from which there was the first variation in the course: the climb of Ligo, inserted in order to break up large groups formed on the descent. Once in Casanova Lerrone riders faced the Passo del Ginestro then descending down towards Andora where riders encountered the second course variation: the Colla Micheri. The finish was placed in Andora in to promote the maximum safety of competitors.

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