Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Granfondo Città di Lazise by Paola Pezzo

The Granfondo Città di Lazise by Paola Pezzo is one of the youngest events in Italy. The first edition, last year, was immensely popular but the organizing committee decided to continue working on how to improve the event. Now the start will take riders 25km northward on the "Gardesana", the lake side road, that passes through Bardolino, Garda, Punta S. Vigilio and Torri del Benaco. It is a beautiful stretch of road that has Lake Garda to your left and the looming Monte Baldo on your right. Surely, there won't be any time for sightseeing.

After passing Torri del Benaco the route turns towards San Zeno di Montagna on Monte Baldo. Expect to see a 22% maximum grade in this section. The course then heads to the valle dell'Adige after which there will be more climbing fun...

The 2010 edition is scheduled for April 18th. Two routes are offered: the mediofondo (110 km) and the granfondo (150 km).

A good place to stay, near the event start, is the Sport Hotel Veronello. The hotel caters to cyclists, see this blog entry.

The event website, Italian only, is here.

Photos: 2009 event; last photo is of two time Olympic gold medalist in mountain biking Paola Pezzo (she owns a nice bike shop in Bardolino)

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