Racing in Italy

Talk about your races - Time Trials, Road Races or Cyclocross.
ruarigrant
Posts: 14
Joined: Wed Jan 16, 2013 14:53 pm

Racing in Italy

Postby ruarigrant » Sun Feb 03, 2013 20:19 pm

Anyone have any experience of amateur racing in Italy? I did my first one today in Sicily - quite an experience! http://www.andbethere.com/2013/02/my-first-race-on-continent.html here is a report of it, let me know any thoughts :)
And for those of you who have, did you find that there's no real categorisation like with BC? Here it all seems to be age group organised, so you get all sorts in the races! Great fun though, and definitely a good early season test for the legs :D

Imposter
Posts: 5204
Joined: Fri Jan 25, 2013 17:17 pm

Re: Racing in Italy

Postby Imposter » Mon Feb 04, 2013 09:43 am

interesting story. I'm confused by the category system (or lack of it) though - is that how the amateur scene runs over there or was this race a one-off, or run under a different set of guidelines, or something?

User avatar
ju5t1n
Posts: 1936
Joined: Tue Sep 09, 2003 09:45 am
Contact:

Re: Racing in Italy

Postby ju5t1n » Mon Feb 04, 2013 11:27 am

Yes, they race in age banded fields: 15-18 are called Debuttante, 19-27 are Cadetti, 28-32 Juniors, 33-39 Seniors, 40-47 Veterani, 48-55 Gentlemen, 56-62 Super Gentlemen-A and 63-70 Super Gentlemen-B

Imposter
Posts: 5204
Joined: Fri Jan 25, 2013 17:17 pm

Re: Racing in Italy

Postby Imposter » Mon Feb 04, 2013 11:42 am

'Super Gentlemen' - what a great name for a category.. ;)

ruarigrant
Posts: 14
Joined: Wed Jan 16, 2013 14:53 pm

Re: Racing in Italy

Postby ruarigrant » Mon Feb 04, 2013 11:51 am

Yeah it's very different. It does however mean loads of trophies! After this one race there was a cup for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in every category!

ruarigrant
Posts: 14
Joined: Wed Jan 16, 2013 14:53 pm

Re: Racing in Italy

Postby ruarigrant » Tue Feb 19, 2013 16:37 pm

Did my second race on Sunday after a 2 week break - a flatish course this time in Palermo. Here's my report on it: http://www.andbethere.com/2013/02/my-second-race-out-in-sicily.html. Unfortunately there was no trophy :( on this occasion, but it's all a learning experience...I've never heard so many people shouting absolute nonsense at once as these experiences in southern Italian peletons! Crazy stuff! Unfortunately the same former doping pro who won last time cleaned up once again!
Let me know any feedback :)
Fairly regular racer currently located in Sicily. http://www.andbethere.com - I like to write about cycling :)

User avatar
56mph
Posts: 69
Joined: Thu Jul 15, 2004 20:42 pm

Re: Racing in Italy

Postby 56mph » Sat Mar 02, 2013 14:42 pm

Thanks, that looks fun if a little crazy in a nice Italian way.
Helps that you get sunshine too! 8) 8)


Return to “Amateur Race”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest