La Pina Cycling Marathon 2015
The paths are always two: the Short and the Long. Race start in Piazza del Grano is confirmed, nearby the historic shop where Giovanni Pinarello gave life to the company that still brings his name all over the world. We will start together at 7:45 am in the direction of Viale Burchiellati coming out of the walls of the city through Varco Manzoni to Pontebbana towards Ponte della Priula.
The 2015 change of course consists in the climbs. Those who will choose the Long will have to deal with the ramps of the historic Passo San Boldo one of memorable passes connecting the province of Treviso to that of Belluno. Of Roman origins, during ‘800 was also used by raftmen from Belluno coming back home after bringing the rafts in Venice along the Piave. It's also known as the "road of 100 days" because, after the defeat at Caporetto, Austrian troops built the road with a series of tunnels in a very short time, considering it a strategic militarily pass. This is one of the favorite climbs by cyclists from Treviso with its 7 km length, a slope often around 10% and 18 hairpin bends, the most during last kilometers, offering from the top a spectacular view.
Landed in Belluno landscape you will enter Treviso territory only after having conquered Passo Praderadego, but this year you will ride on the opposite side respect last years. Even here with these gradients it’s no time to make jokes: almost 9km with some parts of the race routes between 16% and 17%. A great undertaking to be remembered!
Then you will return to Treviso, not before facing a La Pina classic, the last terrible climb: the “Presa XIV” of Montello, just more than 3 KMs, with one having a slope between 10% and 12%. Conquered the summit, after a brief stop at the refreshment you can start again the race towards Treviso and Piazza del Grano to celebrate the undertaking with a slice of fresh watermelon. .