Gran Fondo Stelvio Camp Closed – Giro Camp Final Places!

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Our silence on social media this weekend was, yes, partly due to the Olympics starting, but also due to it being a busy weekend! We didn’t just have our feet up.

To all those who were waiting to book for the Gran Fondo Stelvio Camp, we’re sorry but the camp is now closed. If you’re interested in joining us in the future, please head on over to the Gran Fondo Stelvio Camp page and add your name to our mailing list for 2015.

If you’re still making up your mind about our Giro d’Italia Camp – don’t delay! Final places in this camp are going to be booked quickly, so don’t get left on the outside. If you have any questions about this great camp, featuring our home climb of the Monte Grappa as a TT this year, please contact us or review the Giro d’Italia Camp page. Of course, if you’re ready to book, just head on over to reserve your place. Don’t let this great opportunity pass you by!

Time to ride a Gran Fondo

Stelvio Gran Fondo Elevation

As an Italian Cycling Camp, we’ve never had to go out of our way to ride an Italian Gran Fondo. They’re just… there. In Italy, you can barely throw a rock without hitting a Gran Fondo starting line. Having ridden so many, we’ve learned that not all events are created equal. There’s different sizes, difficulty, length, climbing, and even organizational quality. So having learned (sometimes the hard way) which events are worth your time, we created a series of Gran Fondo Camps that are sure to leave you smiling.

Each of the following camps offers up a different style of Gran Fondo, and all at different times. Choose one, or more, of these camps to live the true, Italian Gran Fondo experience.

May 29 – June 2: Gran Fondo Stelvio Weekend Camp. Lots of climbing, based in the mountains, hit 3 of the most famous Italian passes in one weekend.

June 8 – 16: Sportful Gran Fondo Camp. Famous in Italy, but not so much elsewhere. One week, one hotel, conquer the Dolomites!

Pinarello Gran Fondo Trophies
“Presents” lined up for the Gran Fondo Pinarello’s fastest riders

July 6 – 14: Pinarello Gran Fondo Camp. Prosecco, rolling roads, and a taste of the Dolomites. Come see Nani Pinarello in person!

July 13 – 21: Gran Fondo Charly Gaul Camp. la Leggendaria! Ride in the footsteps of the man who invented the epic cycling ride and possibly qualify for the Masters World Championships along the way.

July 20 – 28: Dolomites Climbing Camp. Not technically a Gran Fondo camp, but we do some Gran Fondo worthy rides on climbs you may have heard of – Stelvio, Gavia, Mortirolo.

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Join us for any of the above, combine multiple camps to ride a few events, or add on extra days to up the fun factor – build the trip that suits you. We’re here to answer any questions you might have, and get you turning over the pedals in Italy this summer!

Italian Gran Fondo Scene

Start of la Pinarello 2011

I read JP Partland’s account of his visit to the 2012 New York Gran Fondo with, admittedly, a bit of dismay. Sad, partly, because I’d love to ride a Gran Fondo in and around New York, but the timing will never work for me. And sad, too, because it seems like he could have had a better time. Part of it, I’m sure, was the group(s) he found himself with, but it seems like the event itself is but a facsimile of the real thing – an true Italian Gran Fondo.

Contrast that with this account, which I will never tire of reading, from Bud Napolio of the Gran Fondo Pinarello (now La Pina). It starts, as they always do, with that bit of confusion that comes from riding an event in a foreign land. As Bud settles in, you can feel the excitement building throughout the day, finishing with a thrilling conclusion!

Any event, no matter where in the world, is what you make of it, I suppose. But there is something, something special, about riding a Gran Fondo in Italy. Come find out for yourself at any of our Italian cycling camps.

UCI World Cycling Tour, aka Master’s World Championships

Charly Gaul 1956 Giro d'Italia

For years, we traveled to St. Johann in Austria for the Masters’ World Championships at the end of August. Recent changes by the UCI have created the World Cycling Tour, which now culminates in the UWCT Final – also known as the UCI World Championships for Masters and Amateurs. New qualification rules mean you have to ride a UWCT event, and finish with the top 25% of your age group – or ride three UWCT events in one year.

After two great finals in Belgium and South Africa, the final heads to Italy in 2013. And not just Italy, but right here in our backyard in Trento this September! As it happens, the course for the final is the same as the course of this July’s la Leggendaria Charly Gaul. The tough course crosses the famed Monte Bondone twice, but in much better weather than when Charly Gaul made his famous ascent in the 1956 Giro d’Italia!

Finally, after catching everyone on the road again, he began the 14km assault of the Bondone. It was here, on the slopes of this 5413′ mountain, where torrential rains that decimated the peloton throughout the day changed to snow. Eventually, high winds categorized the wintery event as a blizzard.

With full support before and after the event, plus the usual on-course catering by the organizers, your ride will seem like an afternoon on the couch compared to what Charly Gaul and the other riders went through! This year’s event is on July 21, which leads immediately into our Bormio climbing camp (July 22-25). If you’ve ever wanted to ride famous Giro d’Italia climbs (Bondone, Stelvio, Gavia), this is a week not to be missed!

Only a few places remain, so register now!

Charly Gaul Gran Fondo Elevation

July Camp Photos – Gran Fondo Pinarello & Bormio Climbing Camp

Gavia Summit July 2012

It’s hard to believe another year has come and gone, but Gran Fondo Pinarello signals the fun is coming to an end. Professor Tom was back again to join us for his 7th straight Pinarello Gran Fondo! Not that it was all downhill from there – far from it! Once the New Yorkers had settled in to Italian life, we were off to Bormio for our climbing camp. While the Gavia and Stelvio were certainly highlights, the fantastic little switchbacked climb to Laghe di Cancano will certainly be visited again soon. Grazie to everyone for a fantastic Velo Veneto 2012, and we look forward to seeing you again in 2013!

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