Wednesday, February 11, 2009

1st Edition Granfondo Città di Lazise, 19 April

Two time Olympian gold medalist Paola Pezzo, and her Team Paola Pezzo, is the driving force behind the new Granfondo Città di Lazise to be held on Sunday, April 19, 2009.

Two routes of 88 and 141 km will be available. Both begin from Lazise, and head north hugging the scenic coastline to Torri del Benaco. At the center of town, off the main road, you turn right and climb towards San Zeno. This road offers spectacular views of the lake, has nice switchbacks and provides a good work out without being unduly difficult. The gran fondo riders will face two additional climbs, each much harder than the 1st as they climb Monte Baldo from east to west.

Riding anywhere near Lake Garda is a pleasure (except in August! when seemingly millions of vacationing Europeans descend upon all the lakeside towns). Wish I was going to be there...

The official event website is:

Paola Pezzo has a very nice bike shop in Bardolino, see:
Ride report to Lazise:
The view from the climb out of Torri del Benaco:
Photos: publicity poster, Paola Pezzo at the official presentation of the event on February 8th, Paola and her team before leaving on a test ride of the course on December 24th, course profiles, and course route map
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