GRAN FONDO GIRO D’ITALIA 2016 TO CIVIDALE DEL FRIULI: HELP HAITI ANNOUNCED AS CHARITY PARTNER
In the fantastic scenery of the Natisone and Torre valleys, in Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy, the Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia will be held on Sunday 22 May 2016. The course will be almost identical to that which the professional riders will race just two days earlier during the Corsa Rosa. Help Haiti will be the Charity Partner.
It all begins on Sunday 15 May in Pradamano with the 87km sportive ride “Cicloturistica per Haiti – Aspettando il Giro”, which will be followed on Friday 20 May with the 2016 Giro d’Italia stage 13, from Palmanova to Cividale del Friuli – a route of 161km, dedicated to the professional riders and cycling fans.
On Saturday 21 May there will be the opportunity to participate in an open bicycle ride, available to everyone, which visits the local wineries and farmhouses.
To complete the week, on Sunday 22 May comes the Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia with two courses: the long one, at 133km, will be almost entirely the same as the professional riders’ stage with only the first flat 28km section not being included in the sportive. The rest of the course from Cividale del Friuli to Cividale del Friuli will be identical to that raced on the Giro d’Italia stage. The medium route will end after the first passage from Cividale, at 77km, and will face the Montemaggiore and Crai climbs avoiding the Cima Porzus and the Valle climbs.
Since its foundation, the Help Haiti charity has always been dedicated to solidarity through sport. For more than 20 years the Corsa per Haiti has donated all its profit to the “Bambine di strada” project. This charity initiative for homeless girls will also receive the funds collected from the Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia on Sunday 22 May, thanks to support from RCS Sport.