The Giro D’Italia comes to Asiago

Beautiful logo symbolising eternal love for the Giro on its 100th raceOn Saturday 27th May 2017 the final cross-country stage (called a ‘tappa’ in Italian) of the Giro sets off from Pordenone in north east Italy and after passing over Monte Grappa arrives in Asiago. You can be part of the party as an insider and guest of the local organisers thanks to our connections with our home city. This beautiful logo with the slogan ‘love infinite’ communicates that this will be the 100th Giro so this will be a special occasion for all concerned.

Click here for the details of the exact route the Giro takes. Just scroll down that webpage to see the route and the elevation of this penultimate stage before the finale in Milan on the 28th.

 

 

 

 

 
Reviving a Great Connection between Asiago and the United Kingdom

Cyclists atop Forte Verena on a mountain peak. A World War One fort looking down over the Val Renzuola

Copyright Comune di Asiago (with permission)

As part of the commemorations for the 100th anniversary of the British Expedition to the Italian Front in 1917-18 during the First World War we are helping to organise a series of cultural exchanges between Asiago and the United Kingdom. These commemorations will include an official visit by the Royal Family to the British & Commonwealth Military Cemeteries on the Asiago Plateau in 2018. In one of the cemeteries the ashes of legendary novelist and peace campaigner Vera Brittain were scattered over the grave of her beloved brother Edward Brittain who died in battle on the plateau. The same area was also the territory of a legendary British special operations soldier with the codename ‘Freccia’ or ‘Arrow’ who fought behind enemy lines in the Second World War alongside Italian partisans there. These and other remarkable places and stories will be accessible with tours by local specialist guides.

 

 

 

You are invited

We are organising two joint expeditions for cyclists which are coordinated by two volunteers – Nick Franchini (social entrepreneur) whose hometown in Italy is Asiago and Keir Apperley (youth worker and cycling social entrepreneur in Hackney):

  • Hackney Expedition
    For cyclists in the London area
    Sponsored by InterLinkx and Cycling Club Hackney
  • Todmorden Expedition
    For cyclists in around the North West of England
    Sponsored by Kava Kafe, Todmorden

We are currently recruiting cyclists now for both groups.
Please email nfranchini@hotmail.co.uk

  • Subject header: Asiago Giro – Expression of interest
  • Details of how you found out about this opportunity
    (e.g. local cycling club) and your name, age, address and mobile number.

Please email before calling with any queries or suggestions! You can call Nick on +44 7714 216 790

Watch this space
Once the Asiago city council has finalised the timetable for events around the Giro we will publish:

  • appropriate arrival/departure dates
  • accommodation options and
  • an itinerary with options for different cycling activities and tours.

This website features background information about the Asiago Plateau and an apartment called ‘Amore di Confine’ which means Love of Borders. This apartment already has a number of potential guests pre-registered from Hackney but it gives an idea of the kind of accommodation available. Hotels and Bed and Breakfasts are also available as options. Prices are very good value. Details to be confirmed shortly.

Please note that these expeditions are not commercial operations. However, the organisers will use the experience to help create a new generation of digital social networks to help local enterprises and economically vulnerable inhabitants in Asiago, Hackney and Todmorden to develop high value sustainable tourism around history, culture, sport and outdoor pursuits.

Thank you!

Nick and Keir