A period of almost four weeks of bad weather has severely damaged parts of the planned route of the 21st Fausto Coppi Marathon and Mediofondo, which will nevertheless take place on 29 June. The town of Cuneo, where both the Fausto Coppi Marathon and Mediofondo start and finish, has endured many problems caused by the weather. In particular, the Colle Fauniera, famous from the Giro d’Italia, has been closed temporarily. In order to ensure the running of the events, the longer of which is considered one of the most demanding of its kind in Europe, the organisers have laid out a new route that promises to be even harder than the old.
There are numerous difficult passages such as the 18,3 km long Colle del Sampeyre, (maximum slope around 13.4 %, height gain 1384 metres).
The Madonna del Colletto is a difficult climb of 6 km with a 18% slope inside the first kilometre. Piatta Soprana climbs 1143 meters with a maximum slope of 14%, while Colletto del Moro is another technical passage with a maximum slope of 21%. The Italian rider and Giro d’Italia winner Gilberto Simoni has described it as ‘one passage which could create some problems for the most expert athletes. It can be compared to the Marmolada or the Mortirolo’.
Riders who opt for the Marathon route will cover 246 km, with other riders completing 156 km of Mediofondo.
For more information, please look at the dedicated section of the official website: www.faustocoppi.net.