Thursday, August 1, 2013

“I Forzati della strada” Report

A hundred cyclists rode along the historic roads of Montelparo, in the Marche region, as part of the “I Forzati della strada” ("The Convicts of the Road") vintage cycling event on July 28th. Riding in the event were Giorgio Furlan (winner of Milan-Sanremo) and Pietro Guerra (teammate of Felice Gimondi), and Dutch, British, U.S., and Italian riders.

The cyclists gathered within the among the ancient walls of the village of Montelparo for the start,  on the hottst day of the year, before heading out to ride on the many white roads that wind through the hills of Fermo.

The landscape of the area is one that easily competes on equal terms with that of the much celebrated landscape of Tuscany as you can see:

All the participants enjoyed the five rest stops plus a lunch of  of traditional country dish specilialties from Fermo. During lunch some 40 random draw prizes were drawn, one prize being a pair of custom made leather cycling shoes by Carlo Corvaro.

For more information about the event visit

In addition to the world class riding available in the Fermo area don't forget to consider the Marche region, in general,for cycling.

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  1. Gorgeous! Le Marche has it's own charms for sure when compared to Toscana. One thing is PORCHETTA! Our bici d'epoca are going together this fall for events like these. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I was not aware of this retro-ride. Looks great!

  3. My wife and I are setting up a cyclist guest-house B&B in Le Marche at the moment - it's a wonderful place for riding: really beautiful, challenging terrain, lots of "saliscendi" - up and down all day. Would love to have you all over soon!