Gran Fondo Sportful (ex GF Campagnolo)
Since 1995, the city of Feltre in northern Italy has hosted one of the most eagerly awaited cycling events of the year: the Gran Fondo Campagnolo, held on the third Sunday of June.
The GRANFONDO SPORTFUL has risen from the ashes of the Gran Fondo Campagnolo, which was named for the Vicenza-based company founded by cyclist Tullio Campagnolo, inventor of the quick-release skewer and derailleur. On June 21, 2009, the event took place for the first time as the GRAN FONDO SPORTFUL, “only real cyclists.” The event takes its name from the sports apparel company, Sportful, a leading producer of cycling clothing, and supplier to the Italian national cycling team.
Sportful and the organizing committee from Feltre have selected a route that passes through some of the most stunning mountains in the world: the Dolomites, featuring some of cycling history’s epic climbs. The event concludes a week dedicated to cycling, and the day before is the Mini Granfondo Sportful for children.
The event starts and finishes in the small town of Feltre, and is mountainous, but there is a choice of either 110km (Medio Fondo), or the full 215km (Gran Fondo).