On 9 October, Rome will stage the eagerly awaited Granfondo Campagnolo Roma.
Just a few days and the city will turn into the capital of cycling. There are plenty of events scheduled, with three days of great beauty awaiting cycling fans, which will see sport, history, culture, sights and fun rubbing shoulders for a unique experience in the world’s most fabulous, exciting setting. Campagnolo, the most historic, iconic company on the cycling scene, the fusion between the heritage and history of cycling and the ultra-modern technology of its high-performance components, joins forces with the city that symbolizes Italian culture to offer keen cycling fans a chance to enjoy an unparalleled sporting experience. This year’s edition sees the addition of a new challenge to complete the competition and make it interesting. The main route, 125 km with a difference in altitude of 2,025 meters, includes the by now famous route across Rome against the magnificent backdrop of the Colosseum and the Imperial Fora, with the entrants then pedaling out of the city into the splendid area of the Roman Castles and Albano Lake. It will however differ from past editions with the introduction of an innovative racing formula that intends to merge tradition, history, innovation and farsightedness: the CAMPAGNOLO CLIMBING CHAMPIONSHIP. This new race formula establishes a new and different look at the granfondo format by awarding those who are most adept at the most glorious and heroic of all cycling feats: CLIMBING. The increasingly international race is characterized by 4 climbs, each quite different in nature, gradient and distance. Instead of following traditional granfondo protocol and awarding one athlete who covers the entire course in the shortest time the CAMPAGNOLO CLIMBING CHAMPIONSHIP creates five competitions inside one race by timing only the four climbs. The Championship will honor the fastest athletes in several categories for each individual climb. Additionally, the athletes from each category with the fastest combined time over all 4 climbs will be honored as overall Campagnolo Climbing Champions. Just as is common amongst the most prestigious professional races in the cycling world, the CAMPAGNOLO CLIMBING CHAMPIONSHIP will award a dedicated jersey to those exceptional riders who have won an individual climb or the overall 4 climb challenge. The 5 jerseys are similar in design but differentiated by color in order to identify easily with the climb they each represent. By winning any of the 5 competitions a CAMPAGNOLO CLIMBING CHAMPION earns the right to have his or her name and time entered into the prestigious CAMPAGNOLO WALL OF FAME in addition to defending his or her jersey in the following year’s Granfondo Campagnolo Roma.
But the surprises do not end here. A must-have feature is the Campagnolo Riders Club grid, for all Campagnolo clients with a bike fitted with both a complete groupset and Campagnolo wheels, right behind the VIP grid.
Not a member of the Campagnolo Riders Club? You can sign up directly at the Campagnolo stand at the Expo Village in the Terme di Caracalla. Remember to bring with you your bib number and bike fitted with a complete groupset and Campagnolo wheels. The Campagnolo staff on the stand will help you to register and, if you like, you can join the others on the CRC grid.
Already a member of the Campagnolo Riders Club? Bring your CRC card, bib number and bike fitted with a complete groupset and Campagnolo wheels to the Campagnolo stand. The Campagnolo staff will give you one bracelet for your wrist and one for your handlebars. These two elements will give you access to the dedicated Campagnolo Riders Club grid on the day of the race. We invite all cyclists in the Campagnolo Riders Club grid to arrive at the CRC grid from 6.00 to 7.15 am, which will be easy to spot thanks to signs and flags.
The Campagnolo staff is also pleased to invite you to the stand in the Expo Village at the Terme di Caracalla so that they can show you all the new products recently presented to the world market, including the new Potenza 11 groupset, new wheels with C17 profile and the new functions of the EPS V3 groupset.
Come and see us! Campagnolo looks forward to seeing you, ready to answer all your questions.