Two events linked to cycling tourism: “In bici con il Giro” and the Scalata Rosa
There are just over two weeks to go before the stage in the Dolomites that will almost certainly decide the Giro d’Italia 2023. And Longarone Fiere Dolomiti is already ready to become a pink village. From here, on the morning of 26 May, the stage will start, crossing the entire province and taking the cyclists to the Campolongo, the Valparola, the Giau and the Tre Croci, before the final climb to the Tre Cime di Lavaredo. But there’s more than just the stage: the Fair, together with the municipalities of Longarone, Soverzene and Ponte nelle Alpi, has defined a rich calendar of events to prepare for the Giro. Two appointments are dedicated to families and cycling.
“A series of small, big events have been organised to make people breathe in the atmosphere of the Giro and experience great cycling even for those who are not athletes,” explains Enrico De Bona, coordinator of the stage committee.
The stage week will begin with a pink pedal ride. ‘Cycling with the Giro’, scheduled for Sunday 21 May. The cycling group will start from Villa Montalban (Belluno) at 9.45 a.m., from Paiane and the stadium of Ponte nelle Alpi at 10 a.m., to meet the other participants at 10.30 a.m. in Soverzene. From there at 11am the ride will start towards the Fair where the pasta party is scheduled, with a visit to the Ernesto Colnago bicycle museum, which will bring precious pieces of the historic collection to the Fair pavilions. At the Fair there will also be historical jerseys from the history of cycling signed Manifatture Valcismon and bikes from the Bicycle Museum of Cesiomaggiore (information and registration for the ride at 366.6823032).
The second appointment is for those not content with the flat route of the Soverzene cycle path. On Sunday 28 May, in fact, there will be the ‘Scalata rosa’, a non-competitive time trial for all types of bicycles. A few kilometres, but a good 400 metres of difference in altitude from Longarone Fiere to Erto, along the ramps leading up to the Vajont dam. Some important names have already registered for the race, such as national trainers Johnny Feltrin and Much Mair. Start at 10 a.m. The event is organised by the Pro-S association, in collaboration with Veloce Club Longarone.