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21-06-2021 | Herman Nekkers

The gran fondos of last weekend

We have get used to it again: last weekend quite a few event occured again. Obviously with the necessary COVID measures, but at at least we're riding again. And that makes us very happy. We give an overview of the highlights.

GFNY La Vaujany Alpe d'Huez

CycloWorld had two participants at the start at the GFNY La Vaujany: editor-in-chief Frank Jansen (photo) and writer Luc Nouwen. Luc even took second place in the 60+ category. An excellent performance.

The organization of this gran fondo has changed this year from Cycling Classics France to GFNY. According to Frank it's all set up perfectly. A beautiful course with the Alpe d'Huez as its centerpiece, perfect route mapping, signalmen who know their job and an excellent feed stations. Great value for money. This year there were only 200 participants at the start, but we expect this event to grow into a classic.

The podium of honor was full of CycloWorld friends. The men's winner was Tim Alleman (B) ahead of Dutchman Kenny Nijssen. In the women's event, Dutch rider Linda Stuurman took silver.


Sportful Dolomiti Race

Beautiful weather in the Dolomites last Sunday. The toughest gran fondo in Italy took place with about 2000 participants. This is half the normal number, but the organization deserves a big compliment for its perseverance. As usual, the participants were completely squeezed on the Cima Campo, the heavy Passo Mangen, the Passo Rolle and the Passo Croce d'Aune with sections up to 16%.

Of course, there were only few the foreigners; the places of honor therefore all went to Italians. The gran fondo was won by Fabio Cini (M) and Sinio Passuti (F). Wins in the medio fondo went to Riccardo Zanrossi (M) and Lisa de Casare (F).

All results.

KNWU Fondo Endless Summer Ride

Fondo, the official training app of the KNWU, organized the Endless Summer Ride last weekend. A challenge with a choice of 100, 200 or 300 kilometers. Along the way, care was arranged at selected bicycle cafes. It was a great success. By the way, Fondo is the perfect app to prepare for gran fondo's and other events.

Our own reporter Marcel van Herten participated and completed the longest distance with an average of no less than 31.5 km/h. Check out his ride at Strava.

The Bike Trophy

The Bike Trophy is a delightful three-day gravel and mtb event in the Belgian Ardennes. It's all about a beautiful route and lots of fun. Our ambassador Ralph Ornelis was present on behalf of CycloWorld. He even managed to win the prestigious Ludo Dierckxsens Challenge: try to cycle as slowly as possible from point A to point B without losing your broad smile for even a second.

His comments: This was the first edition and I really recommend it. Next year I will go again. It's really for advanced riders, there are very difficult with rock gardens. Every evening party in the form of the après bike.

Dolomites Bike Day

6000 people in the Dolomites yesterday got a dazzling scenery. They were able to enjoy the completely closed route over three passes: Campolongo, Farzarego and Valparola. This is one of the major cycling events of this area every year. It is totally non-competitive, but the road is entirely for cyclists. Road bike, mountain bike, e-bike, it doesn't matter. Just get out there and enjoy the most beautiful cycling area in Europe.

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