Important informations

START REGISTRATION AND WEB SITES Online registrations starts the 15th September 2017.

Going in www.girosardegna.it (in Italian language) or www.girosardegna.com (in English language) you can ask for a password and then, entering in the system, you can make the online registration choosing the desired arrangement, entering the data and also paying the fees online with a credit card. It is always visible the real situation of rooms available in each hotel and, after the registration, you can also make variations, if necessary, and insert the number of your cycling permit of 2018 or DataHealth number for medical certificates, until February the 28th. It is always possible to do the paper registration (by sending the registration form and payment receipt via email or fax).

EVERYONE KNOWS THIS BUT … ALWAYS GOOD TO BE REMINDED!!! the race fee at the GiroSardegna is low because the organisers are volunteers who work passionately and for free for you.

Remember this before you yell at someone at a feeding stop of if you find that something’s not quite perfect: our reward is limited to the “grazie” and smile that, fortunately, many participants give us every day.

START/FINISH OF STAGESAt GiroSardegna we ALWAYS have two separate grids (MedioGiro it will always start for first, than after 15 minutes will start GranGiro) with separate starts. No precedence or preference for women o VIPs or ex-pros: those who get into the grid first will be at the front and the others will be behind them! Exceptions to this rule are only the leaders of the two paths with the primate jersey, which can be deployed in front of and out of the grids.

ARRIVAL IN THE HOTEL BEFORE 21/4 AND DEPARTURES AFTER 27/4some of hotels can be closed before 21st; the direction of the hotel, depending on the number of requests, will decide whether to anticipate the opening: please report your needs during registration and the hotel will be open in advance if the number of applicants will be evaluated sufficient; otherwise those arriving before Saturday 21 will be housed in hotels of the same level.

MEDICAL ASSISTANCEOn every stage there will be a race doctor and at least two ambulances

HOTEL BICYCLING CUSTODY – The property of the hotels will provide a special and enclosed space for the athletes’ bicycles. The room will be prepared with special support (including race numbers), tables and work equipment to simplify the dismantling/assembly of travel bags and from various containers. The room will always be guarded by hotel staff and access will be allowed depending on the bicycle needs.

MECHANICAL ASSISTANCEa fixed location in the main hotel will be set up. The organisation doesn’t give any ‘wheel change’ or assistance for the front of the race and not for the others: at GiroSardegna all cyclists are equals!

CATEGORIESwe will use the category fixed at an International level by the U.C.I. with the variant allowing three women’s groups:

1 up to 29 years – 2 30/34 3 35/39 – 4 40/44 – 5 45/49 – 6 50/54 – 7 55/59 – 8 60/64 – 9 65/69 – 10 from 70 upwards

The three women’s categories are: W1 up to 44 years – W2 45/59 – W3 from 60 upwards

Cyclists aged from 15 to 18 years or 70 and above can only take part in the MedioFondo.

The organisers can combine some groups at their discretion

THE ROADSthe streets are well paved and the Organization will seek to achieve full closure of car traffic. We must consider that in Sardinia almost all roads affected by the Giro have a little traffic … but be careful in case that the authorities would allow only a partial closure and a part of the track will be open. The cars in the race will only be only allowed upon request.

ROUTE MAPS/STAGE HEIGHT PROFILES – each stage is registered on www.openrunner.com and can be read using an ‘identity code’ which is given for each stage; the individual route is shown on the plan (as a “map” or as a Google satellite image) and the height profile (showing the hills on a height graphic as well as a profile); each stage is exportable by choosing the required format or it can be transferred directly to a GPS.

ROUTES AND DIFFICULTYthe GiroSardegna in 2018 can be defined “easy” in terms of altitude … but then not so! It is true that there are no difficult climbs, but the race is made by the runners and the opportunities to make an impact are lots! In particular this is valid in the two individual time trial (flat and fast), in the “Granfondo Sardegna – Monte Albo” from the beautiful and scenic drive on the sea, and the last stage with uphill finish! Will once again be a GiroSardegna where anything is possible … and as more than usual!

THE “SARD PLAINS” often going along on the bike it seems like you are on the flat but you have the impression that “your legs are not working” then, just afterwards, you feel like “flying”: these is the “Pianura Sarda”!

GROUPED TIMES in two stages probably there will arrive big groups in a sprint finish or there can be many small groups with some distance between them. ALWAYS, the members of each group will be assigned the time of the first one in that group, so there is no need to risk to get a better position.

CLASSIFICATIONS, JERSEYS AND PRIZESEach evening at 18.00 in the meeting hall of the main hotel there will be a short briefing to present the stage for the following day and the day’s prizegiving with symbolic prizes. The overall leaders of the Giro (first man and woman) get the Yellow Jersey for “GranGiro” and the Pink Jersey for “MedioGiro”; each day, the last cyclist (irrespective of sex) arrived at the finish in the maximum time in each path receives the Black Jersey. At the end of the Giro prizes will be awarded to the first 3 riders in the GranGiro and the MedioGiro and the first 3 by age category; the leader of each category will receive the final winner’s jersey.

TEAM CLASSIFICATION – Each day best team is awarded in GranGiro and MedioGiro (summing the best 3 times of cyclists of the same team); then there will be a general ranking of the teams in addition to the times of the individual days and at the end GiroSardegna will be premiered the best three teams of each course.

As a tradition, the first ranked team will be given a valid nomineal coupon valid for the GiroSardegna 2019, equal to 10% of the hotel share of that year; to the second a 7% discount voucher; the third a 4% discount.

FREEBIESIt is still in the denition, but probably it will a beautifull technical jersey designed and produced by ALE’ (the main sponsor of GiroSardegna) that will complete the gadget given last year.

POLICINGon the route we will have many motorcyclists who helps the patrol cars of the police; the Carabinieri will preside over the principal road junctions and the Municipal police in the towns.

TESTIMONIALS”over the years at the GiroSardegna we have had several cyclists with a glorious past (Massimiliano Lelli, Gianni Motta, Stephen Roche, Karl Zoetemelk, etc) or sportsmen famous in other fields: look around and you will recognise them.

OUR” FACEBOOKare thousands the friend we have in the facebook page and that become more and more a real information way: there are also videos and pictures taken in 2017 and by the page you will get immediately all the news.

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