2020 Giro di YEG

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Without any sanctioned events in the near future, you can still test yourself and challenge your friends …

Set your own Personal Best time! Or Find Climbzilla!

We’ve partnered with Climbduro to bring all of Edmonton’s cycling community (not just Velocity) the opportunity to challenge themselves for bragging rights, win draw prizes and help drive charitable contributions.

The first stage of the safely social distanced Giro di YEG closed on June 30 … but there is a new stage open!

Velocity’s Ardrossan Prologo Tappa

Riders raised $82 for the FrontLineFund.ca

Next Stage: Ardrossan Principale Tappa NOW OPEN until the end of August

This segment is just one Range Road west of the Prologo Tappa. If you recall from the old Ardrossan Stage Race, this segment will bring back memories of where the hammer went down! The road stage was often lost on this hill.

This time we’ll support CASA, Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health. Every summer, CASA cyclists have challenged themselves to a long distance cycle tour in support of children’s mental health. COVID-19 has prevented this year’s cycle tour. But our cycling community can still support them.

(Besides the fundraising you’ll drive by attacking the Principale Tappa, you can also join the 2020 CASA Cycle Challenge directly yourself. Please check out their #2020forCASA Cycle Challenge.)

Now, back to our own Giro di YEG …

Head on out to the roads of Strathcona County, challenge your friends and most important challenge yourself!

To participate, open your Climbduro account and link your Strava account. REGISTER HERE

Once you’ve opened your Climbduro account, you’ll need to JOIN the Principale Tappa Challenge to be eligible for all the prizes!


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Why the moniker “Giro?”

Italy was the first country outside of China that made the rest of the world sit up and take notice of the realities about the COVID-19 pandemic. Italy sadly showed us what we were truly facing. If we didn’t get ahead of the curve here, we’d be overwhelmed too. Calling this series of riding challenges a “Giro” is my way of honouring all of those lives disrupted and lost in Italy.

Also, the Giro d’Italia was the first grand tour to be postponed. Happily, the UCI has put it tentatively back on the calendar from October 3-25. It’s in the middle of an shortened fall schedule of WorldTour bike racing. And the Spring Classics have now become Fall Classics.

The Giro has always had a spirit expressing Cycling’s emotional heart. The Giro has an emotional appeal not always seen in other bike races.

Of all the grand tours, the Giro embraces a climbing tradition. It has arguably been known for some crazy climbs – not as long as the other grand tours, but certainly sharp and relentless.

We’ve got nothing like these climbs in the Edmonton area, but we can be aspirational. Let’s use our imaginations! The Giro di YEG embraces climbing. The climbing challenges are mainly a way to limit rider speed and therefore liabilities. Each of the challenge segments will have some net climbing elevations. Let’s take on some climbing in our otherwise flat prairie land!

And then there’s Italy’s fabulous food and delicious wine. Let’s discover some of each throughout the Epic Season Giro di YEG!

And finally, don’t forget about the Giro’s Canadian connection … It’s the only grand tour won by a Canadian – Ryder Hesjedal in 2012!

Watch this short video. It walks you through it all.


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Then JOIN the Prologo Tappa Challenge!

Another handy how-to video right here:

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