Gran Fondo Campagnolo Roma Sportive 2017
6th to 9th October 2017
Now in its 6th year, the 2017 Gran Fondo Campagnolo Roma will take place on Sunday 8th October and will close the 2017 Gran Fondo season for thousands of amateur cyclists, both from Italy and abroad. The Granfondo Campagnolo Roma offers an innovative formula that is very popular because it brings together enthusiasts of all types of cycling and of all ages, in the absolutely fantastic setting that is Rome.
(Event date Sunday 8th October)
The main event of the 2017 Gran Fondo Roma will be the 120 km Granfondo that will take cyclists from Rome to the Castelli Romani (Roman hill towns) along an improved route but with an even more amazing start. Following the race start at the Colosseum, world famous icon of the Granfondo Campagnolo Roma, cyclists will go through the historical centre of the city: “The cyclists who come from outside the city and especially foreign cyclists ask for this privilege. Gianluca Santilli, president of the Organising Committee says: Rome and the Castelli Romani without traffic are a dream for cyclists and we are delighted to offer them this joy, which we hope will become a regular occurrence one day.
In 2016 Granfondo Campagnolo Roma joined the WACE circuit (World Association of Cycling Events), together with other great world capitals like New York, Ride London and Cape Town, and international events such as l’Etape du Tour and Vatternrundan in Sweden. In the saddle of your bike, you can enjoy fantastic experiences, starting from Rome that has no equal from a historical and cultural point of view”.
There are 2 distances available: the Granfondo at 123 km with 1.970m of climbing, designed for trained riders and the “In Bici ai Castelli Romani” fun cycle, 62 km to Lake Albano, suitable for all fitness levels, e-bikes also accepted.
The main Granfondo route offers a ride steeped in history, starting in the heart of Rome and heading out into the beautiful countryside of the Castelli Romani tackling the climbs of:
- Panoramica: 2.3km at 5.9% average ascent and maximum gradient of 8%
- Rocca di Papa: 1.1km at 10.3% average ascent and maximum gradient of 16%
- Rocca Prioria: 6km at 6,3% average ascent and maximum of 13%
- Rostrum: 0.7km at 12% average ascent and maximum of 18%
**** Worldhotel Ripa Rome:
The Worldhotel Ripa in Rome proudly boasts fresh and exciting rooms and suites, all specifically tailored to optimize light, space and comfort. Perfectly suited to both families and business travellers alike, the variety of rooms offered range from the fashionably functional to the unusual and innovative.
The hotel owners have devoted themselves to the mission of creating the ultimate room for their guests and providing you with the intimate and comfortable experience of a superior boutique hotel. Rome is a whirlwind city so they have created a haven for you to return to at the end of the day. Deftly combining light, airy spaces and an attention to detail, they have created a welcoming atmosphere that will make any guest reluctant to leave.
Whichever exceptionally designed room you decide on, all have around the clock Wi-Fi, access to the first-rate Fitness Suite and a fantastically rich buffet breakfast.
Planned itinerary for the 2017 event:
The Colosseum, Circus Maximus and the Vatican are just some of the names that spring to mind when talking about this city that has influenced life throughout Europe and the world. The traditional starting point of the Gran Fondo Roma is right by the Colosseum, what better inspiration for a days cycling could you want? From here you will head out of the centre of Rome, into the countryside of the region of Lazio. En-route there are 4 timed climbing sections, with the highest summit at 746m (Rocca Priora). Once you have tackled the hilly countryside, you head back to Rome, for a glorious finish in the Eternal city.
Friday 6th October 2017 – Arrival day:
Make your own way to your chosen hotel in Rome or book our airport transfer (bookable extra at £ ) and arrive at your hotel where you will spend the next 3 nights on bed and breakfast basis. If you choose to book our airport transfers, you should aim for flights to arrive into Rome no later than 6pm. Our hotel is excellently located in the centre of Rome, for ease of access to the Race start and Race Finish, so all you have to do is focus on your riding. If you arrive in time, this afternoon would be a good time to build your bike.
Saturday 7th October 2017 – Race registration and Expo:
If you haven’t yet built your bike, please do this after breakfast. This morning there will be a bike tour with a local guide. Today you will also need to head to the Race Expo, which will be open between the hours of 9.00am – 8.00pm, where you will collect yo0ru bib number, timing chip (available for hire at the Expo for €5 plus €10 deposit which is returned when you return the chip immediately after the race) and bike tag for tomorrow’s event.
To collect your bib, you will be required to present at the expo:
- Either a UCI recognised federation cycling license for 2016 OR purchase a one day FCI insurance card for approximately €15
- If you do not hold a UCI recognised federation cycling licence, you will also be required to present a recently issued Sports Medical Certificate. Without the UCI licence or Sports Medical Certificate, you will NOT be able to ride.
- Your valid form of identification
- Your Race Number voucher (which will be emailed to you by the 5th October 2016 by the organisers)
After bib collection, the rest of your day is free to make sure that your bike is in full working order for tomorrow’s event and make any last minute adjustments that you need.
Sunday 8th October 2017 – Gran Fondo Campagnolo Roma:
This is the big day! After an early breakfast, head from the hotel down to the race start at Via dei Fiori Imperiali, alongside the Colosseum. This is a short ride of no more than a couple of kilometres from the hotel.
Meeting time is at 6.00am this morning, with both the Gran Fondo start times being at 07.15am. If you are not in your starting group 15 (fifteen) minutes before the start, you will automatically be assigned to the last group. To ensure that you have the best experience and are able to take part, you need to make sure that you have the mandatory equipment with you:
- Use a hard-shell helmet with the straps buckled for the entire duration of the race
- A puncture repair kit and spare tube
- A pump
- A water-bottle
- Your frame number and boy number, both legible
Full event rules are available here.
During the event, your entry includes :
- Breakdown assistance (spares are not included)
- Medical care along the route
- Feed stops
- Broom wagon service
- Race pack and race number
- Pasta party at the finish
- Commemorative medal
- A downloadable certificate
Once you finish the race, make your way back to the hotel, which is a short ride from the finish. You will need to break your bike down this evening, ready for tomorrow’s morning departure.
Monday 9th October 2017 – Departure Day:
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and depart Rome, or take our pre-bookable airport transfer back to the airport.
£369 per person based on sharing a twin or double room
£ supplement per person for single occupancy of a room
Included with your travel package:
- Detailed day by day itinerary with maps and all event information
- 3 nights hotel accommodation at the 4 star Worldhotel Ripa in Rome
- Bike stored in your room
- 3 breakfasts
- Bike tour with mechanical assistance with local guide on Saturday
- Option to buy race Entry
What’s not included:
- Standard Race entry (No 301 – 500) – £100
- Gold entry - Includes number in the 1 – 200 pen and special pasta party – £200
- Bike rental – Carbon bike from Friday to Sunday (after Gran Fondo) – £100
HOW TO BOOK:
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At time of booking we require a non-refundable deposit per person plus any applicable entry fee. The balance of your travel package must be paid, at the latest, 12 weeks before departure to avoid the cancellation of your trip.
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To take part in the 2017 Gran Fondo Roma you have to get a medical certificate signed by your doctor within the last year from the event date. For an example copy of the kind of form have a look here, Medical certificate example cycling.
Alternatively our partners offer online medical certification.
PLEASE NOTE, AT REGISTRATION, YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO PRESENT A DOCTOR’S NOTE STATING THERE ARE NO KNOWN MEDICAL REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD NOT COMPETE. FAILURE TO COMPLY WILL MEAN YOU NOT PARTICIPATING IN THE EVENT.
Sports Travel – Keeping safe:
For some tips on how to stay safe whilst you travel, please have a look here
Single travellers and twin to share:
We welcome single travellers on our tours and holidays as it is a great way to join a like-minded group of people and you will make lots of new friends. If you would like to join our group as a single traveller we can offer you two options. A single room or if you want to avoid the single supplement then you can make use of our ‘twin to share’ option. We will pair you up with another rider (of the same sex) and you can enjoy the event without having to pay extra.
General, visa, passport and health information:
For passport and visa information, please check the relevant section on this page: https://www.gov.uk/browse/citizenship/passports. General Travel and health Information for your destination is available on the FCO website. Click here for the latest travel advice for Italy, and click here for useful ‘know before you go’ information also from the FCO. Please note that this information relates to UK passport holders only and that other nationalities should refer to their own authorities for this information.
For details of specialist sports travel insurance for our travel packages, please visit our insurance page. You must ensure that your travel insurance policy covers you to participate in running events. There is additional information about our other Concierge Services on our special web page.