Some gran fondos are in picture perfect places, Gran Fondo Straducale in Urbino, Italy is one of them.  Located at an UNESCO World Heritage Site rich in history, tradition, art and culture, this gran fondo does not disappoint the senses.

For the 16th edition, on a course of 143km, 600 cyclists raced into Urbino after hours of pedaling up and down the Urbino and Pesaro hills, arriving triumphantly at Palazzo Ducale to loud cheers from citizens lining the streets.

With 2500m of climbing including the Monte Cagner, the Passo della Forchetta and the Passo dei Fangacci, just to name a few, Mirko Antonioli soloed in for the win and title “New Duke of Urbino,” followed by Mattia Fraternali and Stefano Scotti.  The winning time was 4:14:00, with an average speed of 33.70 km/h. The first three women were Azzurra D’Intino, Debora Morri and Chiara Ricci.

Photos: ©Tiziano Veronio/Granfondo Straducale

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gran fondo straducale italy

gran fondo straducale italy

gran fondo straducale italy

gran fondo straducale italy

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