Friday, June 13, 2014

Monte Grappa Cycling


The calendar of granfondo races is being enriched by a new appointment at the end of the summer: the Monte Grappa Cycling, a challenging race that on Sunday, September 7, that will take cyclists to face the climb of the Monte Grappa, tackled this year by the Giro d'Italia with an up-hill time trial.

The two routes proposed in this edition are extremely challenging: the long route of 114 km and the short one of 57.9 km. Both routes, starting and finishing in the town of Seren del Grappa (BL) will make you discover, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, some of the most significant sites of this historic, sacred, mountain.

The Monte Grappa Cycling connects great cycling with the history of Italy: the climb to Monte Grappa, which features hard and spectacularly challenging climbs as that from the Valley of Seren up to Col Buratto (18,7 km with a maximum gradient of 20%), will remember the heroism of the soldiers that here, on the border between the provinces of Vicenza, Treviso and Belluno, sacrificed themselves to stop the advance of the enemy troops.

After the race, all the participants can relax and enjoy a full meal, from appetizers to dessert, based on typical dishes of Belluno at the Palagusto stand that will be set up in Seren del Grappa. In the race package, as well as different gadgets, there will be a Castelli garment, sponsor of the event.

Info and registration on www.montegrappacycling.it

Photo: the mausoleum at the summit of Monte Grappa holds the remains of 22,910 (identified and unidentified) soldiers who lost their lives in the war.

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