Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Lake Garda, Monte Baldo and Vicinity

My friend Nicola let me know about a new cycling video produced for the Garda Bike Hotel (formerly Hotel Veronello). Nicola is the manager at this hotel which is a couple of Km from Lake Garda, The hotel caters to cyclists, including bike rentals such as Pinarello Dogma F8s and De Rosa bicycles. Basically, you can bring your helmet, cycling shoes and pedals, and clothing and be in cycling heaven. If you have any questions after looking at the website you can ask for Nicola Verdolin at the contact information.



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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

2015 Giro d'Italia Leaders' Jerseys



This afternoon saw the official presentation of the four 2015 Giro d’Italia classification leaders’ jerseys and this year’s Madrina of the “Corsa Rosa”. The presentation took place in fantastic scenery of Fortezza da basso in Florence, during the Pitti Uomo exhibition at the GazzaLook Lounge space.

This year the jerseys have been designed by the Italian brand Lebole – an internationally renowned brand that is synonymous with menswear, elegance and Italian style – and made by Santini Maglificio Sportivo, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year.

Cristina Chiabotto, Italian TV presenter and celebrity, has been named as the Giro d’Italia’s 2015 Madrina.

The 2015 Giro d’Italia jerseys and sponsors are:

MAGLIA ROSA – BALOCCO, General Classification leader
MAGLIA AZZURRA – BANCA MEDIOLANUM, King of the Mountain Classification leader
MAGLIA ROSSA – ALGIDA, Points Classification leader
MAGLIA BIANCA – EUROSPIN, Young Riders Classification leader

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OrangeYellow is the new YellowFluo


For the 2015 season the ladies of Alé Cipolllini Galassia that were in yellowfluo ladies will become #ORANGEYELLOW.

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Friday, January 9, 2015

2015 Strade Bianche: 19 Teams Invited

Nineteen teams have been invited to the 9th edition of Strade Bianche, which will be held on Saturday, March 7th and organized by RCS Sport/La Gazzetta dello Sport – starting from San Gimignano and finishing in the Piazza Il Campo in Siena.

13 UCI WorldTeams and 6 UCI Professional Continental Teams will take to the start line, each with eight riders:

AG2R LA MONDIALE (FRA)
ASTANA PRO TEAM (KAZ)
BMC RACING TEAM (USA)
ETIXX – QUICK STEP (BEL)
LAMPRE – MERIDA (ITA)
MOVISTAR TEAM (ESP)
ORICA GreenEDGE (AUS)
TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN (USA)
TEAM KATUSHA (RUS)
TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO (NED)
TEAM SKY (GBR)
TINKOFF – SAXO (RUS)
TREK FACTORY RACING (USA)

ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI (ITA)
BARDIANI CSF (ITA)
NIPPO – VINI FANTINI (ITA)
RUSVELO (RUS)
SOUTHEAST PRO CYCLING TEAM (ITA)
TEAM NOVO NORDISK (USA)

RCS Sport also announced today that due to organizational problems the 2015 edition of Roma Maxima, scheduled for Sunday 8th March, will not be raced.

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Saturday, December 27, 2014

L'Eroica California, Register Your Email

You can now register your email at:
http://www.eroicacalifornia.com

Preliminary information about the event posted here in ICJ.

By registering your email address there you will receive the latest info as the organizer gets ready to launch the official registration website.

Dates: April 10th, 11th and 12th. (The ride is on Sunday, the 12th),

Location: Paso Robles, California (San Luis Obispo County)

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

L'Eroica California, April 10-12 2015


It is Official. L'Eroica is coming to California in 2015. L'Eroica has already expanded to England and Japan; this will be the pilot event in the USA. Preliminary information:

Dates: April 10th, 11th and 12th. (The ride is on Sunday, the 12th),

Location: Paso Robles, California (San Luis Obispo County)

Routes: Three routes will be offered for the first year event. 35 miles, 50 miles and 107 miles (tentative and the actual distances may change without notice).

Rider Limit: 1000 (aiming to have between 500 to 1000 riders for this pilot event).

Bicycles: Same eligibility rules will apply from the Italian L’Eroica.

The three day event will offer:
- Vintage Bicycle Concours d' Elegance with judging
- Screening of a classic cycling film at the city theater located just a few steps from the event venue.
- Vintage Bicycle Fair/Swapmeet
- Wine Tasting Tours
- Preride Dinner/Award ceremony for the Concours winners.
- The ride (Sunday, April,12th)
- After ride Pasta Party

Registration will be handled via central website and it will launch in February 2015.

Negotiations with the local hotels to secure the best possible room rates for the participants are underway.

This L'Eroica is partly hosted by and will benefit Hospice of San Luis Obispo County (non profit, 100% volunteer based Hospice) http://www.hospiceslo.org 



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Monday, December 15, 2014

Registration Opens for Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia

Registrations to enter the Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia, organized by the Giro d'Italia, have been officially opened today.


The Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia will be held on Sunday May 17th 2015 over the route of the Corsa Rosa’s Queen Stage – from Pinzolo to Aprica – and will feature the same climbs, the same descents, the same hairpins and the same distance that will test the pro riders just a few days later, in what is one of the most keenly awaited stages of the 2015 Giro d’Italia.

The Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia offers two route options: the Gran Fondo long route of 175km, and the medium route of 102km which finishes after the first arrival at Aprica.

To participate, non-Italian resident riders must either be registered to a national cycling federation, or have a registration recognised by the Union Cycliste Internationale, or hold a medical certification for the race.

The link to complete your registration for the Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia is: https://www.mysdam.net/store/data-entry_30641.do

General Info
The costs for non-Italian residents to register for the event are:

Christmas Promotion: from December 15th until December 31st 2014 – €70 + €20 for transport (optional)
From January 1st until April 30th 2015 – €90 + €20 for transport (optional)

Registrations will be closed on April 30th 2015.

Due to the start and finish being in different locations, the organizers offer a number of different transport options for riders and/or their bicycles. A secure area for bikes will be provided in Pinzolo.

For those who wish to sleep in Pinzolo (at the start): at the end of the race you have the option to return on a coach service leaving from Aprica either at 17:00 or after the broom wagon’s arrival at the finish.

For those who wish to sleep in Aprica (at the finish): a coach service with bicycle transport will leave at 05:00, taking you to the start location.

For those who wish to leave the car in Aprica (finish) and sleep in Pinzolo (start): a coach service with bicycle transport will leave on Saturday 16th May at two different times: 15:00 and 18:00. Baggage will be delivered back from Pinzolo to Aprica with a dedicated van service, to be delivered to the start no later than 07:30.

All riders will have the opportunity to take up some of the hotel offers created specifically for the Gran Fondo, which are available both in Pinzolo and Aprica.

At registration, please indicate your preference for the hotel option, in order for the offers to be prepared.

Further details of the specific hotel offers will be communicated before January 31st 2015.

All other details and information are available on the website www.granfondogiroditalia.com – if you will need further clarification please email: gf.giroditalia@gmail.com

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