The “Ciclolonga del Sestriere” has reached milestone 40th, a finish line that the event will cross Sunday June 18th probably attended by a special cycling fan, i.e. Claudio Chiappucci “El Diablo”, testimonial of the event and subject of the last book by Beppe Conti “El Diablo racconta, Chiappucci, una vita in fuga” (“El Diablo” recounts, Chiappucci, a life breaking away), published by Graphot.
To celebrate the event, the organisers of the association “Asd Borgonuovo Collegno” have created a 40-year special T-shirt with Chiappucci victoriously crossing the finish line of the Tour de France Sestriere’s lap in 1992.
The Ciclolonga del Sestriere is valid as Cycletourism Gran Fondo and Medio Fondo regional trial. The competitors registered for the Gran Fondo (188 km) and Medio Fondo (93 km) will start staggered 6h00 a.m. to 7h30 a.m. from Collegno, heading towards Pinerolo and then the Col of Sestriere, where the first athletes are expected shortly after 11h00 a.m.
The Col of Sestriere will mark the Medio Fondo finish line (self-managed way back), while the competitors in the Gran Fondo will head towards Cesana Torinese, Susa and finally back to Collegno. The competitors in both the Gran Fondo and Medio Fondo will have the chance to test themselves in the time trial Pragelato-Sestriere intended for climbers. The registered athletes will start from the little square before the Town hall of Pragelato, to compete against the clock climbing to the Col of Sestriere at 2,035 height.
Cancelled instead the special track variant crossing Depot, Pian Dell’Alpe, Usseaux while climbing from Pinerolo. Within the Ciclolonga del Sestriere the organizers included also a trial on a much more flat track, i.e. the Collegno-Susa-Collegno (90km) that will start at 8h00 a.m.