Monday 18 July 2022
Ciclysts of Reggio Emilia
In the men’s middle-distance race, the top three Reggians were Andrea Ferrarini (New Motor Bike), ranked 30th overall, Milo Cuccolini (Squadra Reggio) ranked 43rd and Rodolfo Ruggi (Pro Cycling) ranked 44th.
In the most challenging race of the Granfondo, the fastest Reggio Emilia rider to cover the 159-kilometer course was Stefano Zanichelli carded for Nuova Corti Sassuolo, 17th overall, followed by Filippo Bigi of New Motor Bike (22nd) and Andrea Magnani of Squadra Reggio (35th). Among women, the fastest Reggio woman in the Granfondo was Fabia Maramotti (10th overall) of Squadra Reggio, followed by Claudia Guatti Zuliani (19th) of Team Colpack and Lucia Spreafico (24th) of ASD Cooperatori.
RACING ACCIDENT FOR MODENA ATHLETE
Cooperatori president Roberto Camorani made contact early in the morning with the cyclist from Modena who fell in a race accident yesterday in Montalto in the early stages of the granfondo to make him and his family feel the closeness of the organizing company. In the morning the athlete, who suffered a chest contusion, was in the hospital in Reggio Emilia.
A NORWEGIAN CYCLIST ARRIVED WITHOUT A BICYCLE. THE COOPERATORS PROVIDED HER WITH THE MEANS
A Norwegian cyclist arrived Saturday afternoon in Reggio Emilia without her bicycle, highlighting to the secretariat in Piazza della Vittoria her desire to participate in the Granfondo Matildica. Thanks to the cooperation of mechanic Stefano Ghidini, the search for a suitable vehicle began immediately, and an appointment was made an hour before the race for delivery. Promise kept ! at 6 a. m. Sunday morning the Norwegian picked up from Roberto Camorani and tuned up her bike with the mechanic right under the starting arch
NOTHING WASTED AT THE PASTA PARTY OF LOCAL PRODUCTS
As per tradition at the finish of the Granfondo Matildica there was a pasta party waiting for hungry and thirsty cyclists. For the occasion, the tent with the distribution lines was set up at the bike village in Victory Square and some of the tables enjoyed the shade of the plants in the Public Gardens. Cold dishes with vegetable pasta, Parmesan cheese, potatoes and beans, local cured meats, no less than 120 kg. of erbazzone from Fattoria Italia and one or more slices of fresh Reggiana watermelon obviously took center stage on the menu offered to participants, guests and insiders. All accompanied by drinks, Lambrusco Reggiano and Pignoletto from Cantina Albinea Canali.
At a banquet prepared for a total of 1250 meals, some of the expected diners did not take part because they were intimidated by the grand heat. And so, as scripted, the remaining meals were made available at the Capuchin Friars canteen on Ferrari Bonini Street.
Leftover bananas, apricots, snacks and cookies from the Castelnovo ne’ Monti refreshment stand were also not wasted as they were made immediately available to the Don Bosco Center’s CRES and the town’s Summer Centers.
MANY COMPLIMENTS FOR REFRESHMENTS AND MECHANICAL ASSISTANCE
The great heat played the main role, but there were no less than nine refreshment points manned by volunteers from many associations in the territories crossed and scattered along the 159 km of the long route and the 125 km of the medium route; so much so that Cooperatori received so many congratulatory messages today for the constant supplies of water and the many stalls of fresh fruit, salts and single-serving products and drinks made available to cyclists in streets and squares crossed by the race.
ASSAULT ON THE FOUNTAIN AND BLUE DRINKING FOUNTAINS INSTALLED BY IREN ALONG THE ROUTE
Thousands of gallons of water were ready at the various refreshment points to be poured into the cyclists’ water bottles, but for once the most welcome water, because it was fresher, turned out to be those from the blue drinking fountains installed by Iren along the route. The example was in Piazza Gramsci in Castelnovo ne’ Monti, about halfway along the route, which was stormed by cyclists and volunteers who helped athletes fill their water bottles. "Gabellina water is always the best," the Pedal University volunteer proudly kept repeating. . . .
WELCOME SURPRISE WITH MONTICELLI CONTRADA FLAG-WAVERS
As if the glimpses of the various Matildic Castles offered to the eye of cyclists during the Granfondo route were not enough, the flag-wavers of the Contrada of Monticelli also appeared in Piazza Dante in the territory of Quattro Castella to commemorate the Lands of Matilda of Canossa. Many cyclists who arrived at the finish line remarked on the welcome surprise, which turned out to be an additional spur to pedal and tackle the last 16 km of the race.
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