La Fausto Coppi Granfondo to Take a Break to Repair Routes
The prestigious international granfondo La Fausto Coppi in Cuneo, Northwest Italy, announces that in 2022 the event will not take place in order for volunteers to repair parts of the high-alpine roads
A spectacular cycling marathon taking place on Alpine roads, for 33 years La Fausto Coppi has never ceased to fascinate and attract endurance athletes from all over the world while due to its legendary routes, with 4,125 metres of elevation gain in the 177 km granfondo.
An international reference point, the event is closely linked to Cuneo and the nearby mountains. Every year more than 6,000 people, including cyclists, families and cycling enthusiasts travel to Piedmont city, an important contribution to the economy and tourism.
“New professional commitments are forcing us to take a break in 2022" Davide Lauro and Emma Mana, president and vice-president of ASD Fausto Coppi on the road, explain "Otherwise, we would not be able to maintain the high organizational standards to which the many fans of La Fausto Coppi are accustomed to. Our commitment to the event has always been on a voluntary basis".
ASD Fausto Coppi on the road has invested a lot in the event, both in terms of time and people (every year there are over 100 volunteers who collaborate in the event).
On top of that, since 2014, more than 100,000 euros have been earmarked for the recovery and preservation of the high-altitude routes of La Fausto Coppi. Funds have been employed to fix stretches of the routes’ asphalt, to retain walls or for the road cleaning and so on, and for solidarity projects (as an example, a car has been donated to LILT the Italian Association for the Fight against Tumors).
“This is not a farewell," the organisers said, "it is just a moment of pause for an event to which we are extremely attached.”