The president of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), Brian Cookson will be in Cittiglio on Sunday 20 March for the 18th Alfredo Binda Trophy – Cittiglio and the 4th Da Moreno Trophy/mini-Alfredo Binda Trophy that will boast record attendances this year: “Yes, it’s true – commented Mario Minervino, president of Cycling Sport Promotion who organise the event – we will be honoured by the presence of the most important executive in world cycling and it’s the first time. We will be able to show President Cookson first hand all the initiatives undertaken by the territory to make this date in the Varese province more prestigious. We will have the opportunity to talk about the Under 23 Nations’ Cup to be held at the end of July and about another surprise that we will reveal in the next few days as we are waiting for it to be made official. I would like to thank the President of the Italian Cycling Federation, Renato Di Rocco, for his assistance in bringing President Cookson to Cittiglio; it’s good to know that the work we carry out during the year is appreciated in Rome”.
Trofeo da Moreno
With the month of March, the women’s cycling season gets off to an exciting start. On Sunday 20 March, the 18th edition of the Alfredo Binda Trophy for elite women and the 4th° Da Moreno Trophy, an international event for junior women, will take place between Gavirate and Cittiglio (both in the province of Varese). Both dates stand out in the world calendar which, this year, includes the summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and the World Championships in Qatar in late October.
The Alfredo Binda Trophy will cover a 123 km route, starting from Gavirate at 13.30. After a 5 km ride towards Bardello, the route returns to Gavirate, then continues on to Cocquio Trevisago, Gemonio and Cittiglio where a long 38 km lap will begin, passing through Brenta Casalzuigno, Cuveglio, Rancio Valcuvia, Cassano Valcuvia, Mesenzana, Grantola, Cunardo, Bedero Valcuvia, Brinzio, Castello Cabaglio, Orino, Azzio, Gemonio, Cittiglio. This will be followed by four laps of Brenta, Casalzuigno, Cuveglio, Cuvio, Orino, Gemonio, with the race finishing in Cittiglio. Tough points will include the Grantola climb in the first 30 km, the climb to Casale di Casalzuigno, which returns as a feature of the Alfredo Binda Trophy route, then the Orino ascent, 10 km from the finish line, which is included in the final four laps.
The Da Moreno Trophy will take place on Sunday 20 March, starting from Gavirate at 9.15 and finishing in Cittiglio after 66 km. Once the athletes reach Cittiglio, they will repeat the circuit from Brenta to Casalzuigno and Cittiglio five times, followed by the final 17 km through Brenta, Casalzuigno, Cuveglio, Cuvio, Orino, Azzio, Gemonio and Cittiglio.
Cycling Sport Promotion, the group responsible for organising the event, has received many manifestations of esteem and appreciation over the last few weeks, the most recent from Fabrizio Anzani, Mayor of Cittiglio: “As always, I would like to extend my personal warm greetings and those of the Administration to the 18th Alfredo Binda Trophy – Cittiglio Municipality, the unmissable annual date with top level elite women’s cycling that takes place on our roads which are known to a large cycling audience, and not only, thanks also to the memory of our great champion Alfredo Binda. I would like to thank the tireless Cycling Sport Promotion group, led by Mario Minervino, who have been working for months to ensure that we enjoy the show that the race usual offers. Cittiglio has become an important point of reference for world female cycling, a real font of concrete initiatives that are ever more appreciated at international level. The Cittiglio race is not only important for the athletes, the organisers and more recently for the “media”, but above all for the spectators and fans who get to enjoy a unique, top level competition.
I cannot neglect to welcome the 4th Da Moreno Trophy which will give visibility to the young athletes who will test themselves against a less difficult route than that of the elite riders, but which will certainly be compelling and stimulating in bringing out the strengths of new, young champions. Arrivederci on 20 March!” (Photo F.Ossola)
The list of participants at the next edition of the Alfredo Binda Trophy – Comune di Cittiglio, which will take place on Sunday 20 March, is starting to take shape. The reform of the women’s international athletic calendar, which is now exactly the same as the men’s, means that the best twenty teams in the world are automatically invited to the World Tour races, such as the Binda Trophy. As of today, almost all of the teams in the UCI classification ( http://www.uci.ch/pressreleases/registration-and-automatic-invitations-teams-for-the-uci-women-worldtour-206/ ) have replied positively to Cycling Sport Promotion’s invitation. But there’s more: “Yes – announced the president, Mario Minervino – apart from the first twenty teams in the world, we can invite five more teams which will be selected according to very stringent criteria. The five ‘wild card’ teams will be announced on 20 February, during the official presentation of the 18th edition of the Alfredo Binda Trophy. Lots of new initiatives will also be revealed on that occasion.”
An excellent line-up is also foreseen for the 4th Da Moreno or ”Mini-Binda Trophy”, an International race for junior women, that will take place just a few hours before the elite race: “Apart from all the Italian teams, we have invited five top level foreign teams. – Mario Minervino pointed out – Our race allows younger women to confront each other at the start of the season, without having to wait until the European and World Championships, thanks to this idea that we launched four years ago and which is much appreciated worldwide”. (Photo F. Ossola)