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Italian brand is encouraging you to rack up the distance in 30 days. Well, 25 days now

Campagnolo is challenging cyclists to ride 1,000km (621 miles) in 30 days to mark the victories of Nairo Quintana and Vincenzo Nibali in the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France respectively. Both riders used Campag components.

The Campagnolo Grande Giro Challenge is running on Strava until 14 September. It actually began on 16 August, last Saturday, so if you start today you have 25 days to cover the distance – an average of 40km (25 miles) per day. This is Campagnolo’s Grand Tour for those of us who aren’t pro riders – a ‘Grande Giro’, in Italian.

Here’s what you need to do if you’d like to take part:

• Create an account if you are not already a Strava user: www.strava.com
• Log in to Strava
• Go to the following page: http://www.strava.com/challenges
• Select “Campagnolo Grande Giro Challenge”

Join the Campagnolo Riders Club via www.strava.com/clubs/campagnoloridersclub and see where you stand against others taking part in the challenge.

Campagnolo are encouraging riders to take photos of their rides and share them via Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, using the hashtag #GrandeGiroCampagnolo where relevant.

The Vuelta a España (Tour of Spain) starts this Saturday with Movistar’s Nairo Quintana currently favourite to take the win. If he does, that would be a clean sweep for Campag in this year’s Grand Tours.

Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over the past 20 years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for seven years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.

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wrevilo [104 posts] 1 year ago
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Errr so what do we get out of this?

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SideBurn [890 posts] 1 year ago
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wrevilo wrote:

Errr so what do we get out of this?

Sore legs  16
If you do it properly....

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andyp [1448 posts] 1 year ago
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1000km in a month shouldn't give you sore legs, it's not particularly brutal.

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SideBurn [890 posts] 1 year ago
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andyp wrote:

1000km in a month shouldn't give you sore legs, it's not particularly brutal.

Hence the, "If you do it properly" comment.... meaning, do it in a way that is a challenge to you; try 1000k in one day?

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andyp [1448 posts] 1 year ago
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if you do any riding 'properly' you shouldn't get sore legs.

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SideBurn [890 posts] 1 year ago
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andyp wrote:

if you do any riding 'properly' you shouldn't get sore legs.

How many races have you won?

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glynr36 [637 posts] 1 year ago
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Kind of easy to fit it, 3 x 40k a in the week post work, and a 115k on a weekend.
If only I could manage the 3 in the week at the moment!

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rliu [38 posts] 1 year ago
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Find Strava multi-day distance-based challenges a bit too much hassle myself. On the one hand you want to have decent segment results and power stats on each ride, on the other inevitably a lot of the recorded rides have to be commutes on busy London roads where full-tilt riding is impossible due to traffic levels. And at the end of them I certainly don't really feel like I've ridden a Grand Tour (as the tagline for this Campagnolo challenge goes), unless a Grand Tour produces several weeks of stressful adrenaline from dodging careless drivers. (Maybe in Johnny Hoogerland's world)

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Flying Scot [918 posts] 1 year ago
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A cunning ploy to get you to wear out all those mega expensive Super Record cassette's and 11 speed chains.

And as this is a sports cycling based challenge.....you should really be aiming for sore legs.

.....I haven't won any races, ever, but I keep trying.

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BigAl68 [72 posts] 1 year ago
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I do over that every month just commuting to work and back. Doesn't seem too much of a challenge more a hassle with recording it all. Pff

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daddyELVIS [655 posts] 1 year ago
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Any of you knockers giving it a go?