12th, 13th and 14th of October: for three days Rome will be filled with bicycles. It’s hard to imagine a more funny weekend!
The Gran Fondo Campagnolo Roma has a length of 75 miles with an altitude of 6,560 ft elevation. For well trained riders. Certainly challenging and suitable for those with well trained legs and lungs.
For this reason, to make it even more attractive to those who see the bike a means to compete (with others or themselves), the routes are varied and difficult. The route within Rome: Fori Imperiali, Piazza Venezia, Piazza Argentina, Corso Rinascimento, S. Andrea della Valle, via Tomacelli, Largo Goldoni, Via del Corso, Piazza del Popolo, LungoTevere to Via di Porta San Sebastiano. Then, once out of town in the direction of the Castles immortalized by centuries of stories, poems, songs and movies. Ancient villages, evocative, steeped in history and immersed in enchanted landscapes.
Lake Albano, which the Pope’s summer residence oversees, Rocca di Papa, Rocca Priora, Montecompatri are our four challenging timed climbs, with hard, dry features as they say in cycling words, could “be very painful” the muscles already tested by a path not exactly flat, especially in the city section with Roman cobblestones reminiscent of the legendary North European pavé.
The timed hill climbs:
• Panoramica – Trofeo Corriere dello Sport (Lake Albano) 2.3 kilometers, with an average gradient of 5.9% and a maximum of 8%.
• Murus (Rocca di Papa) 1.1 kilometers with an average gradient of 10.3% and a maximum of 16%.
• Rocca Priora 6 kilometres, average gradient of 6.3% and maximum 13%.
• Rostrum (Montecompatri) 0.720 kilometers with a wall at an average gradient of 12% and maximum of 18%.
Rome is always near. You ride the hills, touching 800 meters above sea level, the fresh air, the feeling of being on vacation but wanting to race, that makes you want to crank it up. Head down, with hills and slopes and then Pratoni del Vivaro, a landscape straight out of Spaghetti Westerns, the Roman countryside and finally the return to Rome… goodbye to the freshness of the Castelli, hello the heat of the Eternal City.
An innovative gran fondo. Final classifications are awarded and for each category based on timing of the timed climbs with prizes in each category according to the times recorded in the four official hill climbs.
And a wonderful initiative called Campagnolo Climbing Championship, for those who will go first in the four climbs of the Gran Fondo: Panoramica – Trofeo Corriere dello Sport time trial, the Murus, Rocca Priora and Rostrum who will have the honor of a special mesh.
And also two links will award the winners in the overall calculation of the 4 climbs and after arrivals you will be able to celebrate the King of Rome and The Queen of Rome. All Campagnolo Climbing Champion will show off their jersies the next year and will be entitled to a place in the front row of the starting grid.