The Granfondo Don Guanella Citta’ di Lecco is a novelty within the Granfondo circuits for two main reasons: it’s value in the cycling community of Lake Como and it’s being the first-ever event all for charity, pedaling along some of the most historic roads that play a huge role even today in the cycling world. Get ready to ride with Cadel Evans, Gianni Bugno, Claudio Chiappucci, Antonio Rossi, Marzio Bruseghin, Alex Zanardi, Giacomo Nizzolo, and Gianbattista Baronchelli! These champions fully support the Don Guanella projects and will be happy to ride with you!
Cycling has always played a part in the Casa Don Guanella of Lecco on Lake Como, as the community director, Don Agostino Frasson (Father Agostino), is an avid cyclist himself. Surrounding him is a growing community of cyclists from the region, where cycling is a beloved and highly practiced sport, representing the spirit of the area’s population; one that’s used to working hard and making sacrifices to reach their goals, an ever-present attitude in the competitive sport of cycling.
It is from this spirit that the idea for the Granfondo was born, to ride and work hard for yourself but also for others. All registration proceeds will go toward the continued construction and improvements on the Cascina Don Guanella and AgriBike, an agricultural and social project for the welcoming, care, education, and insertion of alienated teenagers in the workforce.
Starting from the lakeside in Lecco, all the roads that you’ll be riding on pass by mythical places in the cycling world: the Madonna del Ghisallo, a symbolic climb since the beginning of il Lombardia, a mountain pass where the cycling champions have left their mark and helped create the history of the sport of cycling, putting their personal donations on display in the small sanctuary of the Madonna (patron saint of cyclists) del Ghisallo, which is right next to the Cycling Museum.
The Colma di Sormano is the other main climb of the Granfondo, also very important in the history of Il Lombardia with the infamous “Muro di Sormano” running parallel to us, a climb so difficult that it has been avoided in the Lombardia route for more than 50 years now (and also for us this year!).
We’ll be riding through fascinating and picturesque towns of Lake Como, like the famous Bellagio, pearl of the Lake.
The final part of the route will take us to the hilly Brianza region, repeating the same finish as the Lombardia in 2011, 2012, and 2013: A short, yet steep hill at 19% before descending back to Lecco and finishing along the Lake.
Solidarity, the beauty of Lake Como, and the history of cycling all together for this important event: to ride with us and several champions who are supporting the Cascina Don Guanella and AgriBike projects, some of Don Agostino’s best friends!
Support with your sport! Register today!www.granfondodonguanella.it
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