Love the Mountains
Panting hard with his jersey unzipped and wide open in the heat, Polish rider Rafal Majka sped to a solo breakaway victory in Stage 14 as the Tour de France wrapped up its foray in the Alps.
We’ve teamed up with DeSalve Active to offer our riders an exclusive opportunity to enter the amateur Grand Tour Series – a cyclosportive (or GranFondo) to mimic the atmosphere of the pro-cycling tours – rolling through the border mountains and Spa towns of Europe.
Maybe you’ve set yourself one big goal event to do in the year and spent the whole year training and preparing for that. Maybe you do one a month during the season.
Whatever your goals, we’re here to help you build strength and fitness by using interval and zone training techniques, powered by Wattbike. It’s these sessions that will really pay off out in the field, such as on longer distance challenges like sportives.
Sportives are to cyclists what marathons are to runners. They’re a great way to see another part of the country, enjoy unfamiliar scenery and the challenge, without having to look at a map at every junction. You also get to ride in the company of like minded people – from a few hundred of them to a couple of thousand.
Your first sportive will probably just be about challenging yourself to do the kind of distance you’ve never done before, which is goal enough in itself. Often doing a charity sportive provides that extra incentive to get the training in and to complete the ride, as well as raising money for a good cause, of course.
After that, once you’ve got the bug, (which you will!), you can work up to riding the longer sportives, or hillier ones, or multi-day events – whatever kind of challenge suits you.
The DeSalve aGT Cycling Series is not just about sportives. It’s a mountain festival combining events to entertain, motivate and inspire all the family with activities and challenges… as well as the main rides of course!
Route profiles: typical 167km Challenges with ^3000m+ of ascent.
Courses – shorter courses for novices with hill climbs, while the longer events are designed to be challenging with scenic routes through the mountains with some tough climbing along the way to test the best cycling legs.
The first of the Series will begin with a festival at Piotrowice Nyskie Palace in Southern Poland. The Palace, first mentioned in 1305 and later owned by the Prince-Bishop of Breslau (Wroclaw), is under renovation and has played host to several other sporting Festivals.
The main road cycling event will leave the grounds of the Palace to wind through the Polish countryside before heading south through the mountains of the northern Czech Republic.
For more info check out: http://www.desalve.com