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There are only a few weeks to the next Granfondo del Gallo Nero (22 September - Radda in Chianti), the now famous race that runs between the rows of the Chianti Classico in one of the most suggestive scenarios in the world, in the most representative period for the great Tuscan Wine: that of the grape harvest.

Many news this year, starting from new official shirt of the race, in homage to the first registered 1000. As always, it will be a technical jersey produced by Sportful and, as in previous editions, made unique by a local artist. This year's design is inspired by street art, the distinctive feature of the artist Paolo Capezzuoli. formed in the 80 years in New York, in the heart of this disruptive artistic form, which in this case gives merit to the symbol of the race and the wine it represents, the Black Rooster.

Who will not be able to re-enter among the first registered 1000 (very little left) will still be able to find another Sportful technical jersey, produced and inspired by the Chianti Classico, in the race pack.

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The Charity grid. For those who want to start before everyone, having only the street in their eyes and in their hearts the awareness of having done something good, they can double their registration fee (50 € + 50 €) and start in a grid created “ ad hoc ”, the most advanced of all, in front of the merit grid. The proceeds of the second installment will support the project of "Social Bar " of Greve in Chianti, carried out by the association "La Stadera" thanks to which the old circle of the country, abandoned for years, will be returned to the community through a management that will be carried out together with young people with disabilities but with a great desire and need to do. (Www.lastaderaonlus.eu/post-azione/).

Custom numbers. Moreover, those who register by August 27 can compete with a personalized number, made unique by the name, surname and flag of the country of origin of the member.

New Partnership. The Granfondo del Gallo Nero now has an extra friend. Among the main sponsors, in fact, next to Wilier Triestina e Chianti Bank fits Ride & Wine, tour operator operating exclusively in the Chianti Classico area. A team that boasts more than 16 years of experience in professional cycling aimed at cyclists looking for a holiday dedicated to sports experienced like professionals, thanks to a service that includes flagships, professional racing and assisted bikes, complete wetsuits and massage service . But the philosophy of Ride & Wine embraces all those who, in addition to the competitive-sporting aspect, want to enjoy the playful and, in a territory like that of the Chianti Classico, especially food and wine. So the tours offered by Ride & Wine also include convivial moments dedicated to "wine and food of excellence", as well as visits to the historical and cultural heritage of the area. A holiday dedicated to bicycles and good taste, just like the Granfondo del Gallo Nero has been offering for seven editions, so the new partnership could not have been more successful. Info on www.rideandwine.ch

The side program. The collateral program dedicated to members and companions is always richer and already from Saturday morning offers visits to the winery, tasting and cooking courses, sensory itineraries on the Chianti Classico in its "House" of Radda in Chianti (casachianticlassico.it) where it will take place also the pre-race dinner anticipated by a very special tasting that will offer in combination some great Chianti Classico labels and epic moments in the history of cycling. And then concerts, walks through the vineyards, bicycle tours to discover the cellars where the Chianti Classico is born and many other activities to discover on the site www.granfondodelgallonero.it where it is also possible to register for the event and its side events.

La Granfondo del Gallo Nero, now in its seventh edition, is organized by Consortium of Chianti Classico wine in collaboration with the Grevigiana Cycling. There will be Sunday 22 September with departure and arrival from / to Radda in Chianti and will develop as usual on two different alternative routes: the long of 135 km (about 2.500 m of total height difference) which will first cross the Florentine side and then descend south to the Sienese and the middle one, not excessively demanding, which develops on 83 km (1.450 m height difference), also between the provinces of Florence and Siena. As usual, the added value of this event will be given, in addition to a scenario unique in the world on which the race is run, from services aimed at taking care of every cyclist both in the race, where 200 security officers are engaged, and on arrival in a village of excellence where a lunch based on PDO, PGI and Chianti Classico products will be set up.

The friends of the GF of the Black Rooster. The event's partners are also this year the main sponsors of ChiantiBanca, Wilier Triestina and Ride & Wine, at the peak of a parterre of supporters that sees the active participation of the Municipality of Radda in Chianti, of the Oil Consortium DOP Chianti Classico, Sportful, Tornado Sport Nutrition, Selerbe, Ghiott and RudyProject.

Cover photo taken from www.granfondodelgallonero.it

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