Gravel, the Italian championship is born: in September the test in Argenta

The first national specialty title will be awarded on 18 September, on the same route as the FAR Gravel on 17

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Run after run, the gravel continues its journey to conquer Italian and European sportsmen as well. The specialty of the dirt road, which in America and Australia is already a consolidated reality for local enthusiasts, travels at great speed towards expansion also in our country. The next step will be the Italian gravel championshiporganized for the first time in history for next September 18th in Argenta (Fe).

The Italian Gravel Championship

The event of the first Italian gravel championship will be organized for the open and master categories. The route will start and finish in Argenta, halfway between Ferrara and Ravenna. ExtraGiro will be in charge of organizing the Italian FCIG championships, two years after the splendid Imola 2020 world championships. The project, which has been in the works for months, will lead Italy to embrace a sport in a huge growth in a more concrete way .

The weekend of gravel

September will be a double important event for gravel enthusiasts. The FAR Gravel cycling event will be held on Saturday 17th, now in its fifth consecutive year. Last year it welcomed more than 600 members: in 2022, thanks to the greater diffusion of the sport, it can further improve its numbers. Participants can choose between three routes, 50, 100 and 150 km.

Ambassador professionals

A contribution to the movement is also coming from the passion transmitted by many professional cyclists that from the street they are focusing more and more on gravel, even just as ambassador. Lately, Peter Sagan confirmed his participation in the Unbound Gravel 2022, in which he will take part together with the Italian Daniel Oss. Other professionals like Nathan Haas and Lachlan Morton have long embraced the discipline, signing up for international competitions. In Italy, after three years at Androni, Mattia Viel he is devoting himself more to the specialty, while the expert Davide Rebellin, still in the group at the age of 50, he explained that he wanted to try to gain some experience on gravel bikes once his long career on the road was over. And who knows that the Italian championship may not arouse his curiosity about him, this year or in the future.

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