The numbers are astounding: all of the hospitality structures in the Varese area are booked out on the third weekend of March during the 18th Alfredo Binda Trophy – Cittiglio, one of the races of the elite female world tour and the 4th edition of the Da Moreno/mini-Binda Trophy, an international event for junior women, both of which will be held on Sunday 20 March, starting from Gavirate and finishing in Cittiglio (both in the province of Varese). “This year 140 athletes have registered for the junior race while 170 will participate in the elite event. They are from thirty different countries. – explained Mario Minervino, president of Cycling Sport Promotion, which organises the event – Add to that the various technicians, managers and masseurs of the teams, coming, as usual, from all over the world. Then, the journalists, photographers and all the operators involved in the race. We have an estimated 1,200 people staying in the area. Hotels and farm accommodation in the southern Varese region are all full: it is great news to be “sold out” and not just because of the passion and interest that the event brings out in cycling lovers. To have such an important influx at this time of year is positive for the economy of the whole area. In fact, the Binda Trophy has lengthened the season for all those working in the tourism sector and we are very proud of this. We’ll see the first team cars arriving already on Thursday 17 March”. (Photo F.Ossola)