A UNIQUE CYCLING CHALLENGE
NO COMPETITION – NO TIMING – NO RANKING
Start at sunrise (06.00 A.M.) in Milano, Piazza del Duomo.
Finish at the Passo dello Stelvio “Cima Coppi”.
From sunrise to sunset with its own pace to reach at 2760 mt. height the world’s most popular Cima Coppi: a nice, fascinating, hard but not impossible challenge.
Created for long distance fans who will keep, after this event, an unforgettable sensation.
230km with 3.400 mt D+ to remain forever in the hall of fame of cycling events and to enter in the special AWARD REGISTER of the “Sovrano dello Stelvio” (Stelvio King) with the glorious finisher medal.
SOLO: the participant rides alone
TEAM RELAY “SPIRITO DI SQUADRA”: a 3 element – Team (no age limitation), with at least one woman, with a car following the team driven each time by one of the two remaining cyclists of the team itself.
Solidarity between participants is mandatory: if You see someone with any kind of difficulty or problem You stop and help; no pressure, no timing to reach the finish line, no ranking. You don’t risk to be the last, everyone is first!
The participant has no reason to arrive ahead of the others, he is not obliged to overtake the rider in front of him: his only goal is to get to the top, at the Passo dello Stelvio, with determination and only with the power of his legs. He is riding along a country with plenty of culture and history. Alessandro Manzoni (the famous local writer) will observe him at the sunrise from the Resegone (the mountain above Lecco) bringing him to the lakeside, slowly revealing its magnificent colors when the sun goes up. For 100 km, almost half of the total distance, the cyclists will ride on the bike path Sentiero Valtellina where history, culture and outstanding landscapes mix together with an incredible vegetation, all along and crossing several times the majestic Adda river. What a fantastic moment to appreciate the importance of ecological and silent routes for cyclists, always looking for respect during their rides. At finish the rider will receive an applause, a kiss and a medal who will remember him the completion of a magnificent and unique performance, being nominated in the special award of the Sovrano dello Stelvio (The Stelvio King).
The participants coming from abroad will have the chance to admire the fabulous Region Lombardia. As a matter of fact “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, because you have to sweat in the hills and freewheel down the slopes. This way you remember them as they really are, while in your car only the highest hills remain imprinted on you, and you do not have as accurate a memory of the country you crossed by car as you do while cycling ” (Ernest Hemingway).