On Sunday, 5th July, the champions of the Campagnolo C11 Dream Team took to the road at the 23rd edition of the Marathon of the Dolomites.
The champions who tackled the difficult and splendid climbs of the Alto Adige, one of the most enchanting mountain regions of Italy, toiled together in the framework of a unique contest on bikes equipped with Record™ 11 Speed groupsets and Shamal™ Ultra 2Way-Fit wheels.
These champions are champions even when they’re not competing in their own sports events, as they clearly demonstrated by confronting the passes of the Dolomites with Olympic grit and intensity.
Some of them rode in the short course, others chose the medium, and Andrea Facchin and Troy Bayliss contended with the strenuous marathon course. An incredibly tough 138 km with a whopping 4190 metres of altitude difference, and the three-time World Super Bike Champion managing to finish in 100th place among the 4300 contestants who chose the full marathon course.
Joseph Vanspringel and Gianluca Canovi, the two C11 competition winners (see: http://italiancyclingjournal.blogspot.com/2009/04/campagnolo-win-tour-dream-contest-part.html), who also proved their love for biking by choosing the long route.
Each of our athletes made his/her personal contribution to creating a real Team. Nothing would have been possible without the passion of Stefano Baldini, Troy Bayliss’s determination, Jury Chechi’s energy, Andrea Facchin’s generosity, the altruism of Rossano Galtarossa, Margherita Granbassi’s beauty, Isolde Kostner’s endurance, the sweetness of Giulia Quintavalle, the charisma of Antonio Rossi, Peter Runggaldier’s warmth, tenacious Alessandra Sensini and an explosive Cristian Zorzi.
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