Registrations are open for the international gran fondo La Fausto Coppi Officine Mattio 2019. Next year’s race in North West Italy takes place on 30 June 2019.The number of participants limited to 2800. The organisers add that the 2019 event will be dedicated to the Netherlands.
Starting in 2019, ASD Fausto Coppi, the organization behind the gran fondo, will dedicate the cycling marathon every year to a different guest country. For the 32nd edition it will be the Netherlands. The organisers intend to give a ‘tribute to this nation and above all, to the many cyclists who every year from northern Europe reach Cuneo, bringing the joy of their orange flags and their festive spirit.’
There will be a number of connected initiatives, such as, the Holland House, which will be the meeting place for all lovers of Dutch culture, food and traditions.
The Fausto Coppi Officine Mattio takes place in Italy’s Maritime Alps, starting from Cuneo, in the central square Piazza Galimberti. The organisers add that every year this cycling marathon attracts cyclists from all over the world. There are two routes: a Granfondo of 177km with 4125m of ascent and a 111km route with 2500m of climbing.
The 31st edition of the international Granfondo La Fausto Coppi Officine Mattio took place on July 8th, 2018. There were 2600 participating athletes, a closed number set by the organization, ‘reached well in advance on the date of the event’. Over 37 nations were represented at the start, led by Italy and followed by France. There were 101 Dutch riders, starting off together with their ambassador in Italy, Joep Wijnands, who participated riding the mediofondo route.
La Fausto Coppi Officine Mattio is a ‘race for many but not for all’. It offers up unique Alpine landscapes, offered by the mountains of the Maritime Alps. The highlight of the event is the ‘majestic and feared Colle Fauniera’, with its 22.3 km climb leading to the 2481m summit. Here, the Pantani monument celebrates Marco Pantani, one of the most beloved and controversial cyclists of all time.