“The smile of all the participants is the most beautiful message you have transmitted to us.”

Thus declared Paolo Imperatori, organizer of Gran Fondo le Strade Rosa which took place on Sunday 25 April, to thank all who participated in the second edition of the women-only gran fondo born with the aim of giving strength and visibility to women amateur cyclists.

Hosted in the tiny Italian village of Castelnuovo di Farfa north of Rome, just shy of 100 women lined up at the start in the village center to tackle an imposing 92 kilometre course with 1550 metres vertical on a festive spring day.

In the end Sara Mazzorana of Bike Therapy ASD won with an 8 second advantage over Loretta Giudici riding for ASD Anagni Ciclismo. Simona Pagni of the ASD Picar-Blokko Racing Team filled the podium, finishing 4:38 behind. Also in the Top Ten were Manuela Ansaldo of ASD Picar-Blokko Racing Team, Karolina Maciejewska of ASD BTC Rome, Federica Cancellieri of ASD Team Bike Palombara Sabina, Romina D ‘Angelis of the AS Roma Ciclismo, Marika Passeri of the Bike Lab, Alessia Scarpetta of the ASD SBT Team and Isabella Lacovissi of ASD Anagni Ciclismo.

Complete Gran Fondo Strade Rosa results here.

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