Following the preventive measures taken against the COVID-19 pandemic (better known under the name of coronavirus), the Granfondo Squali, initially scheduled for the weekend of May 16 and 17, 2020 had to be canceled this year and postponed to May 16, 2021.
The 6th edition of the Granfondo Squali will therefore take place the weekend of May 15 and 16, 2021, in Cattolica, on the Adriatic coast of Italy. This Granfondo, sponsored by Vincenzo "The Shark of Messina" Nibali, attracts every year around 3,000 amateur cyclists on its two sumptuous routes through the Parco Naturale Monte San Bartolo and the inlands of Emilia-Romagna:
- Corto 85K, a 85-kilometer technical course offering a panoramic view of San Bartolo
- Lungo 135K, a demanding route of 135 kilometers with more than 2,000 meters of cumulative elevation gain
Beautiful climbs through the natural park of Monte San Bartolo, breathtaking views of the Adriatic Sea and the city of Marche and a hearty post-race meal are on the menu of this Granfondo Squali! No matter the distance chosen, the Granfondo Squali and its professional organization guarantee you a memorable Italian weekend!
The two courses of the Granfondo Squali start from the Cattolica Aquarium, by the Adriatic Sea.
The Lungo route first enters inland to follow the E55 motorway before reaching San Giovanni in Marignano and then Morciano di Romagna. The route will then begin a long climb to Saludecio and Mondaino and enter the March region through Ca ’Gallo, then Auditore, and Fratte. Once this large loop is completed, cyclists will head back towards the Adriatic Sea, climbing their way to Tavullia and then crossing the Monte San Bartolo Natural Park from east to west, culminating with the ascent of the Panoramica del San Bartolo to reach the finish line at Gabbice Monte.
The Corto route takes up part of the Lungo, with a shorter loop through Emilia-Romagna and without the ascent of Monte Altavelio-Osteriaccia.
Pit stops will be made available along the routes.
To be confirmed.