Italian gran fondos are some of the most competitive and challenging amateur bike races in the world, often over 100 kilometers in length with thousands of meters of climbing. Winning one requires dedicated training, mental toughness and the physical ability to generate power, lots of power, for hours on end.

Last Sunday 2022 Italian National Gran Fondo Champion Rossano Mauti won Granfondo Internazionale Citta di Fara in Sabina, a 118km race northeast of Rome. He soloed to victory almost a minute ahead of a hard charging pack of pursuers, including Guiseppe Orlando, Abenante Pasquale, Giulo Scaia and Marco Larossa. After two second places and a third place result already this season, it was a hard won victory for Mauti.

How hard?

Afterwards his AP07 Team leader, Andrea Petricca, posted Mauti’s impressive ride and power data on Facebook.

Athlete: Rossano Mauti, 25 years-old, 58.5kg, climbing specialist

Coach/Talent Scout: former pro Paolo Alberati who discovered Tour de France Champion Egan Bernal

Event: Gran Fondo Citta di Fara in Sabina

Route: 118km, 5 ranked climbs, 2400m altitude gain

Winning Time: 3:19:50

Average Speed: 35.5kph

Average Watts Per Kilogram: 4.95

Previous Best Average Watts Per Kilogram: 4.54 (2022 Maratona dles Dolomites).

With Mauti’s new found form he will head to the hills of Romagna this weekend to compete in the 26th edition of Granfondo Via del Sale on 2 April and try to notch another impressive win.

Photo Credit: Facebook/AP07

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