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GF Sestriere: a rider speaks about his experience

The charm of the Colle delle Finestre is something really special. Until you deal with it on your own bike, however, you can not really understand it deeply. Knows well Marcello D’Errico, 31-years-old amateur from Turin who works for the DHL customer service, who discovered it with his bike only last year, riding it on the very same day of the Giro’s stage and then in the first edition of the Granfondo La Marmotte – Sestriere – Colle delle Finestre.
“It’s really funny to ride on the dirt road, that is the most intriguing of the Gran Fondo. I remember that in May, when I went with some friends on the top to see the Giro’s stage, in some places the terrain seemed almost sandy. In July, however, after Saturday’s heavy rain, the road had a lot of muddy points in which you had to be careful where you put the wheel. But, despite the bad weather of the previous days, however, the road surface was really well prepared”.
What memories do you have of the Gran Fondo?
“It was a good experience, a very well organized race and the most beautiful to me that I was just the second experience in a Gran Fondo. Road open just for the cyclists, escorted by the police and with the bikes ready to assist in case of a puncture or mechanical incident. It seemed almost to be a professional rider.
What were your impressions about the course?
“It’s very particular with the beautiful scenery of the Finestre, a climb that changes incessantly. The first part runs through the village of Meana with a steep segment, then the ascent becomes constant and you enter into the woods, before you get to the last kilometers of dirt road where the vegetation is less thick and opens the whole panorama with several harpins that lead up to the top. I must say that, while not loving the descents, I found very beautiful the one that leads to Pourrieres because it it’s not too technical and has some really beautiful views”.
What do you expect from this edition, scheduled on July 24?
“Even in two weeks, like I did last year, I’ll make the Medio Fondo with my friends. This time I will have less kilometers in the legs because of the work. However, I will try to do my best in these to be able to deal with it in decent conditions”.