VENEtoGO Social Ride
Attack a few steep climbs while chilling with Cancellara and co.
Happening the day before the Veneto Classic pro bike race, and using much of the same route, the VENEToGo bills itself as more of a social ride than a race. Indeed, the French (staggered) start and lack of overall results mean that there is no reason to ride hard, at least not on the flatter sections. However, the timed uphill sections (3 on the 80 km route, 4 on the 98 km one) offer ample opportunity to "stretch your legs".
Each group leaves the start near Bassano de Grappa escorted by a past great of the sport, with several culinary stops along the way to sample regional food and drink.
The event has been conceived by the ex-pro Filippo Pozzato, who is also behind the cluster of pro cycling races happening in the region around the same time, including the Giro del Veneto, the Serenissima Gravel, and the Veneto Classic.
What better way to wind down the summer cycling season?
Starting at the Villa Ca’ Cornaro on the outskirts of Bassano, the route heads East towards the Colli Asolani. The longer option continues all the way to the top of the first timed climb at Paderno del Grappa before heading back towards Bassano, skirting the base of the mighty Monte Grappa.
Crossing the Brenta river and passing through quaint Marostica, both routes next take on the Veneto’s best impression of a Belgian cobbled climb, the short but steep ‘La Tisa’. Only 300 m long, but averaging more than 15%, the uneven road surface of La Tisa makes it deceptively hard.
Returning to flatter terrain for a breather, next on the program after passing back through Marostica is ‘La Rosina’, a classic climb of 2 kilometers at 7.4% that rewards with spectacular views of the area. The last timed section of the day is ‘Diesel Farm’, a vicious uphill climb amid the vineyards that will ensure you feel no guilt sampling the local delicacies that await a short distance after the summit. From here it is a relaxed last few kilometers to the finish back at the Villa Ca’ Cornaro, where more food and drink await. Bravo e buon appetito!
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