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GRANFONDO SELLE ITALIA - VIA DEL SALE

6th MAY 2018

AN INCREASINGLY INTERNATIONAL RACE: TWINNED WITH THE FIRST GRAN FONDO IN CHINA AND THE NEW RACE ALONG CALIFORNIA’S CENTRAL COAST.
Four climbs and 1,300 metres of elevation gain – a truly inspiring race for those who have the energy and strength to conquer a distance of 150 km. The first climb up to Montecavallo is tackled from Meldola. Taking you on a 10 km long stretch of road with a maximum gradient of 12%, it is a first taster for your legs. You will then be able to enjoy the climb up to Ciola, a stunning stretch of almost 10 km to the backdrop of beautiful trees in full bloom. On this part of the route, the gradient never exceeds 12%, while you gain 470 metres in elevation. However, the climb that really leaves you breathless is the one up to Montevecchio, also referred to as the ‘Cima Pantani’, Pantani’s Peak. The maximum gradient of 14% is tackled without that much effort… but then you get face to face with the famous writing on the tarmac: VAI MARCO…FORZA PIRATA (the words once encouraging the big Marco Pantani at this particular stage of the route). Apart from awarding the Granpremio della Montagna, the Cima Pantani is made even more special as if offers the chance for you to receive the ‘Grimpeur Selle Italia’ diploma. Collinello is the last Romagna hilltop jewel you can take home in your memory, the last 6 km of the race then still need to be approached with some respect before you can enjoy the very last stretch all the way to the seafront at Cervia.
The other two courses have been confirmed, too: the medium route (107 km) with two climbs, one up to Montecavallo and the other one up to Collinello, for those who are looking for a fun challenge, also suitable for those without much training, as well as the short route (77 km) for those who don’t want to overdo it and love cycling while enjoying the beautiful landscape the Romagna region has to offer in spring. Friends or family members accompanying the cyclists should by no means miss the Gourmet route covering only 40 km of flat road, interspersed with several stops where you can taste typical, local delicacies.
 

CIMA PANTANI TIME TRIAL YOU DON’T NEED TO GET THERE FIRST TO WIN!

Cima Pantani - Montevecchio: 373 metres of elevation gain – 4 km – max. gradient 14%
The Gran Fondo now features a new race.
A challenge for yourself and against time on the legendary Cima Pantani.
Sixty seconds for a very special challenge.
All those who make the climb within the MAXIMUM TIME OF 19 MINUTES, without going under the MINIMUM TIME OF 18 MINUTES, will be awarded.

GOURMET TOUR 40 km

Starts Sunday at 10.00 a.m. For the lovers of cycling and gastronomy, we offer a cycle-touristic route through the most suggestive places of the coast and the hinterland around Cervia. Several stops will be made to taste typical, local products while you can enjoy the beautiful panoramas that Emilia Romagna offers in spring.
Aimed at those travelling with the cyclists, the Gourmet version of the Gran Fondo Selle Italia Via del Sale is an itinerary for everybody with any kind of bicycle.
The challenge is not to conquer the most arduous slope, but to enjoy a tasty piadina with squacquerone (typical local cheese), fried fish from the Adriatic Sea as well as salami and other cold meats accompanied by tasty local wines like Sangiovese or Trebbiano.
4 gourmet stars with buffets offered by the following restaurants: Ristorante Trattoria Tantlòn, Ristorante Pizzeria Genny, Apicoltura Brusi (c/o Piazzetta delle Erbe) and Ristorante Pizzeria La Taverna.
Little less than 40 kilometres of absolutely flat road that even the less athletic ones will enjoy.