Cycling: 17th August will see the “Cesana-Sestriere” Championship

SESTRIERE – For all cycling enthusiasts looking for a challenge, we are proud to present the latest edition of Sfida al Campione, Uphill Time Trial from Cesana Torinese to Sestriere along the same route of the Giro d’Italia. Bibs will be handed out on 17th August 2018 from 8am to 10am at Cesana Torinese in the cablecar square. The first competitor is due to start at 10:30am and the prize-giving ceremony will be held in Sestriere in Piazzale Maestri, behind the town library, where the finish line is.

The route is 12.5km long (with 708m elevation gain) starting from Cesana Torinese and passing through Bousson, Rollieres, Sauze di Cesana, Grangesises and final arriving in Colle del Sestriere. Reference time is 29’53”, set by Sardinian champion Fabio Aru who this year moved to the UAE Emirates team after training on the Olympic mountains in 2014.

For the duration of the event the SP 215 road will be closed to traffic; however competitors are in any case obliged to keep to the right.

As part of the main event, this year will see the debut of the Mini-Championships, the Mini Sfida al Campione. A challenge for young champions (7-12 years of age) to race over a distance of 700m: registration is free of charge and will open at 9am near the start line in Piazzale Maestri, in Sestriere. The participants will start by age group from the roundabout in front of the Sestriere Olympic Village.

If you require hotel accommodation, please contact the Via Lattea Tourist Office on: 0122 755444. The event has been organised by the Bike Club Sestriere in collaboration with the Councils of Cesana Torinese, Sauze di Cesana, Sestriere, with the Via Lattea Tourist Office and the G.S.R. Alpina.

You can register (cost €12) in the days running up to the race at the secretary’s office of the Sci Club Sestriere and online here: Final registrations onsite near the start line in Cesana Torinese from 8am to 9:30am.

The Sfida al Campione “Cesana-Sestriere” Championships is part of the trinity of races which also includes the Uphill Time Trials at Colle delle Finestre “Usseaux-Pian dell’Alpe - Colle delle Finestre” held on 4th August and the Cicloscalata Novalesa-Moncenisio Uphill Time Trials of 9th August. At the finish in Sestriere, the fastest female participant and fastest male participant by overall times will be awarded in the prize-giving ceremony.

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