A month to go to the Gran Fondo Cipollini + video

Ride with a legend. And have a slap-up meal with him too, if you like...

by Dave Atkinson   March 27, 2012  

Mario Cipollini (copyright Simon MacMichael)

If you've got nothing planned on the weekend on 21-22 April then there's still places available on the Gran Fondo Mario Cipollini, featuring the big man himself. Assuming you've got the legs for it (and the pockets, cause it ain't cheap) you can ride with the Lion King around the Somerset lanes. And it's not often we say that.

The GFMC, as we like to call it round here, is unique amongst UK sportives (so far as we know) in that it comes with its own gala dinner the night before, with guest of honour Mr C and a surprise after dinner speaker. The next day it's coffee and cakes at base before you head out for 115km south of Bristol, with a good mixture of flat and bumpy bits. Cipo will be hopping between groups so as many people as possible get a chance to ride with him, and there's gourmet feed stops featuring fresh ground coffee and hand-cut sandwiches, no less. And gels, if you're prepared to stoop so low. The Cipollini team car and motorbike mechanics will be out on the course too, and after the ride you can make full use of the Redwood lodge gym facilities for a shower before a final chat with Mario, and home.

Sound good? head over to www.mcipollinigranfondo.co.uk for more details. In the meantime here's a vid of the man himself looking moody in a variety of bike-related scenarios to whet your appetite. Enjoy!

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He'll be climbing off at the first hill so get your meal in before the start... Big Grin

Silly me. You're probably right....

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posted by MercuryOne [1093 posts]
27th March 2012 - 23:06

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I,m just going to join in with the ride as they are using roads I use on most sunday mornings.£100 SAVED!

posted by JON62 [11 posts]
28th March 2012 - 8:39

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