Following the preventive measures taken against the spread of COVID-19 (better known under the name of coronavirus) and the resulting health crisis, the Granfondo Felice Gimondi, initially planned for May 10, 2020 had to be canceled this year and postponed to Sunday May 9, 2021. We attach the link to the organizers' statement here.
The date and registrations for the next edition of the Granfondo Felice Gimondi are therefore postponed to Sunday May 9, 2021 in Bergamo, Italy. This 24th edition of the Granfondo Felice Gimondi will be the first since the death of Felice Gimondo, ambassador, and muse of this international cyclosportive.
More than 4,000 cyclists from all around the world are expected to attend on May 9, 2021, for a special edition, which will offer three distances to choose from:
- Corto, a technical and fast 89-kilometer course
- Medio, a more demanding route of 128 kilometers with a little over 2,000 meters in elevation climb
- Lungo, a long and tough route of 162 km including around 49 km uphill and six big climbs
Granfondo Felice Gimondi, in addition to honoring the career of the cycling prodigy of Bergamo, seeks to include as many cyclists as possible, while sharing the values of cycling and sports, centered around a professional organization for amateur cyclists.
So come on down to Bergamo in Italy on Sunday May 9, 2021 to participate in this special edition of the Granfondo Felice Gimondi! See you there!
All the Granfondo Felice Gimondi races start and end in Bergamo, on the via Marzabotto.
The 89-kilometer Corto route therefore starts from Bergamo. The first relatively flat 8 kilometers are useful to warm up before the first climb to Colle dei Pasta at an altitude of 413 meters. The route then descends to Luzzana and Casazza to then climb another pass, this time the Colle del Gallo where supplies will be offered. With this second difficulty in the rear view, the route will descend once again, this time to Fiobbio, Albino and Nembro for a downhill section before the last challenge of the route: the climb to Selvino at almost 1,000 meters above sea level. After a drink and a snack in Selvino, the cyclists will return to Bergamo via Ambria then Sedrina and Ponteranica.
The Medio route of 128 kilometers shares the Corto’s for the first 71 kilometers, up to Ambria. Instead of heading back to Bergamo, it heads off on the Costa d´Olda at an altitude of about 800 meters, passing through San Giovanni Bianco on its way to the top. The route then continues to climb to Forcella di Bura before descending onto Sedrina to join page with the Corto route all the way to the finish line in Bergamo.
The 162-kilometer Lungo route shares paths with the Medio route for approximately 112 kilometers, up to Brembilla where it makes a major detour with two big uphill climbs: the first to Forcella di Berbenno at 712 meters above sea level, then the second on the Costa Valle Imagna at more than 1,000 meters above sea level. The Lungo competitors will then join the common route at Villa d’Almé before reaching Bergamo.
Saturday 8th May 2021:
- 9AM – 8PM: Opening of the Expo Village and race kit retrieval
Sunday 9th May 2021:
- 6:10AM – 6:50AM: Opening of the start line
- 7AM: Start of the Granfondo Felice Gimondi
- 9:25AM: First arrivals of the Corto 89K
- 10:30AM: First arrivals of the Medio 128K
- 11:45AM: First arrivals of the Lungo 162K
- 12:15PM: Pasta Party
- 2:30PM: Award ceremony
- 4PM: End of the 24th Granfondo Felice Gimondi