Going Going Bike

Mar 232011
Gran Corsa

There are certain activities and characteristics that define a cyclist. I don’t mean a normal cyclist. I mean someone who is obsessed by cycling; who can find interest in anything that relates to two wheels.

An unreasonable desire to watch pro-cycling in apparently random locations such as the high-mountains or in Belgium towns. A willingness to spend a disproportionate amount of time and money on bikes and cycling kit. An ambition to ride the route of a Grand Tour.

Grand Tour ambitions

The latter can be a pipe dream for many. It has been an ambition of mine for some time, albeit with the intention to undertake the route in a Tim Moore “French Revolutions” style, as opposed to like the professionals.

However, this year it is possible to ride the entire length of the Giro d’Italia on the Gran Corsa ride which is being ridden in support of the Prostate Cancer Charity. The extra bonus is that the ride will be accompanied by a Rapha Condor pro rider on each stage…

Recreate moments from the 2011 Giro

The ride, which starts on the day that the pros finish in Milan, will follow the exact same route as this year’s race. This provides the opportunity to ride the course with the race, and all the decisive action, fresh in your memory. I can only imagine how much fun it will be to recreate (at a fraction of the pace!) the action on Mount Etna or the jostling for position up the Zoncolan!

The course has been sliced up into smaller packages of three stages for those who are not able to commit to the entire three weeks of Grand Tour riding. Riding three consecutive stages of the Giro still puts sportive rides, such as the Etape, in the shade. The real problem will be which cluster of stages you would choose to ride?

For further information on the ride and how to register visit the Gran Corsa website.

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