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Milan San Remo Gran Fondo




Milan San Remo Gran Fondo


June 2013


More than 1100 amateur cyclists from 22 countries proved they could handle rigors of the longest professional single day classic, as they competed in the amateur Milan San Remo Gran Fondo.


Milan San Remo Granfondo


On June 9th, more than 1100 amateur cyclists gathered in Milan for the Milan San Remo Gran Fondo. Now in its 43rd year, the Milan San Remo Gran Fondo follows nearly the same route as that undertaken by the professional cyclists during the annual Milan San Remo Spring Classic in March.


The 294 km (that’s 182 miles to you and me; yes you read it right – 182) event allows amateur cyclists to follow in the footsteps of recent winners such as Mark Cavendish, Matthew Goss, Simon Gerrans and most recently Gerald Ciolek, and see how they would fare in the longest professional one-day race.


Milan - San Remo Cyclosportive


Riders departed from Milan via the Pavese highway and crossed the plains of Pavia, Casteggio, Voghera, Tortona and Novi Ligure. When they got to Ovada, they began their ascent up the infamous Turchino Pass and got a glimpse of the Ligurian Sea. On the descent, riders entered Voltri and rode on the Aurelia highway, which has views of the Italian Riviera. From there they took on the Capo Mele and Capo Cervo hills, before they went on to the course’s most challenging climbs, coming so late in the event, the Cipressa and the legendary Poggio of San Remo, and then finally, they raced downhill to the finish line in Corso Garibaldi.


After the race, participants met at the Convention Center Palafiori of San Remo where they were treated to a pasta party and the award ceremony.


The event, which was organized by UC San Remo and Nyala Wonder Travel, saw a 30 percent increase in participants and riders from 22 countries including the United States, Canada, Brazil, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia and New Zealand.


Milan - San Remo Cyclosportive


“Our thanks goes to the commune of San Remo and to San Remo Promotion for the closure of the street traffic in Corso Garibaldi and the granting of the Palafiori that will gift the event with a prestigious setting in the heart of the Flower City,” said Igor Varnero, marketing director for the event.


If you fancy taking part next year, then for more information visit the Milan San Remo Gran Fondo website.



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