Mario Cipollini Gran Fondo - new for 2012

A ride with the Lion King after a gala dinner? Don't mind if we do...

by Dave Atkinson   December 22, 2011  

Mario Cipollini

Seems like every cycling legend is heading to our manor for a bit of Gran Fondo action. Last year we had Eddy Merckx, and now we've received the details for the Mario Cipollini Gran Fondo, taking place at Redwood Lodge Country Club, Bristol, on 21-22 April 2012.

So you pays your money and get to try and keep up with a bona-fide legend? Yes, but it's much more than that. There's the 115km ride (with 1,650m of climbing) on the Sunday, of course, but this is a weekender and it starts at 5pm on Saturday with registration and drinkies. After that there's a gala dinner at the Country Club: three courses of fine dining with interviews with the great man and a surprise after dinner speaker too. All the facilities at the hotel - including pool, tennis courts and gym - are open to the event participants and their partners. There's a special rate if you want to stay over, too.

On the Sunday of the race there's pre- and post-ride coffee and cakes, and every finisher will receive a commemorative jersey. There's a massage team on hand too, and you get to make use of the gym's showers and changing facilities, so you can pack your towel for actually drying yourself with, rather than using it as your car park changing room.

The ride itself will feature all the usual sportivey bits such as chip timing and feed stations; the Cipollini team car and a mobile mechanic will be out on course too, and there's a sag wagon if those Mendip climbs prove too much on the day.

Nothing comes for free, and especially not long rides and three course meals in the company of cycling royalty. The Gran Fondo is £100 a ticket with the Gala dinner costing you £40 on top of that. And if you want to stay over it's £65 for a single room or £45 each for a double or twin. So if you're bringing your significant other and making a weekend of it, you'll be out of pocket to the tune of £270, even if he/she just sits in the pool all day while you're out busting a gut trying to keep on Cipo's wheel across the Somerset levels. That kind of outlay isn't for everyone, but if you fancy a top weekend of early season riding and hobnobbing, head on over to www.mcipollinigranfondo.co.uk and explore some more...

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i like this bit..handcut sandwiches eh. posh!

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posted by Fringe [1081 posts]
22nd December 2011 - 17:56

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Looks like he's already got his lunchbox down his shorts...

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posted by andylul [406 posts]
22nd December 2011 - 18:02

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£100 to ride roads we ride for free...interesting concept.

relaxing

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posted by PzychotropicMac [77 posts]
22nd December 2011 - 18:40

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PzychotropicMac wrote:
£100 to ride roads we ride for free...interesting concept.

you could say that about any sportive, if a little bit cheaper mind

posted by VecchioJo [722 posts]
22nd December 2011 - 18:57

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PzychotropicMac wrote:
£100 to ride roads we ride for free...interesting concept.

last sept. you could ride the same route for £25, it was called the Bristol Belter.. Thinking

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posted by Fringe [1081 posts]
22nd December 2011 - 19:38

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andylul wrote:
Looks like he's already got his lunchbox down his shorts...

I was hoping a man would say something. As a woman, it was the first thing I noticed...Sign me up!! Wink

Pepita rides again!

posted by pepita1 [172 posts]
22nd December 2011 - 19:49

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andylul wrote:
Looks like he's already got his lunchbox down his shorts...

I was hoping a man would say something. As a woman, it was the first thing I noticed...Sign me up!! Wink

They've ruined it for me, so I can't go now. (Not including that I wouldn't keep up... cough.)

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I like my bike but it needs a hidden 25cc motor Smile

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posted by Fish_n_Chips [325 posts]
22nd December 2011 - 23:18

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pepita1 wrote:
andylul wrote:
Looks like he's already got his lunchbox down his shorts...

I was hoping a man would say something. As a woman, it was the first thing I noticed...Sign me up!! Wink

It does kind of wave 'hello' at you Big Grin

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posted by andylul [406 posts]
23rd December 2011 - 11:00

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What does his lunch consist of - half dozen boiled eggs?! Big Grin

Dodging the saccadic masking

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24th December 2011 - 18:37

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Hope mario has his rain cape with him, it's cats and dogs out there at the moment.

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posted by Fringe [1081 posts]
22nd April 2012 - 12:56

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Big Grin

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22nd April 2012 - 12:58

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