The big start – La Grande Partenza – is always something huge. If you’re not ready, you can easily find yourself overwhelmed to enjoy it at its best. That’s why for the 2019 edition of the Giro d’Italia, we thought about organizing a little ride to get in the mood. Thanks to the late afternoon Pro start, we had plenty of time to enjoy Bologna, the San Luca climb and the hills outside the city before watching the race.
We did it together with our friends at Zwift. They’ve been in town from Thursday to launch their brand new partnership with Giro d’Italia. You can now ride the entire Bologna TT on the platform – how cool is that?
Meeting point at Musixmatch HQ, in the heart of Bologna. Max – the owner – and his cycling team took good care of us and Zwift and designed a perfect course to experience Bologna and its surroundings on our bikes. It’s time to check the route and take some selfies.
After crossing the finish line – still a work in progess location, we must say – we easily understand in a couple of km why the “colli bolognesi” – the hills of Bologna are so famous around italy. We simply can’t find 50 flat meters in the next 30km. It’s a never ending up and down that suits explosive riders and there’s a few of them among the Zwift team. We wonder if they are so strong thanks to the training program they have on the platform or else. Anyway, they are kind enough to wait for everyone every once in a while and regroup before departing again.
Photo: Edoardo Civiero