Before and after the legs of 24 and 25 May, Canazei and Moena will celebrate the Italian most popular bike tour with a rich programme of activities, sports and entertainment for everybody
The whole Val di Fassa is ready to pedal together with the Giro d’Italia to celebrate its centenary and to entertain the supporters coming to the valley to see the 17th leg on 24 May, starting in Tirano and arriving after 219 km in Canazei, and the 18th leg on 25 May, having its start in Moena and its finish line in Ortisei, with a length of 137 km up and down the Dolomites passes, such as the legendary Pordoi Pass.
Celebrations and entertainment events are scheduled every day from 22 to 26 of May, including many initiatives and activities both for children and adults planned by the local event committee, managed by Filippo Debertol, with the collaboration of the municipalities of Canazei and Moena and the support of Val di Fassa Tourism Board. Among the many proposals, in the morning of Monday 22 May you can take part to an accompanied tour with local bike guides on the 48 km long Dolomites Cycle Route (possible return by bus with bike trailer on fee). On Tuesday 23 May a special bike ride with many sport champions and Gilberto Simoni, winner of Giro d’Italia 2001 native of Trentino, will start at 8 am from Moena, pass through Canazei and ascend to Passo Pordoi (e-bike rental available) along the Road of Dolomites, that will be closed to the traffic from 9 to 11 am from the village to the pass. In the morning, activities for children at the park and excursions with the territorial guides will take place in in Canazei, while from 3.30 we will watch all together the challenging Stelvio leg in the Piazza Rosa (Pink Square), on the widescreen in Piaz Marconi.
Thursday 24 May Canazei will be enliven by pink flags and music since the early morning. Music bands and folk groups will perform along the town streets, while the lifts will be exceptionally open to let people enjoy the wonderful Dolomites panorama. Beside the entertainment activities for kids and the special pink paragliding flight of Icarus Flying Team, the caravan of Giro d’Italia will crossed the town at about 3.30 pm, while at 5 pm do not miss the exciting final sprint at the finish line in Strèda de Pareda. Parties will follow both in the squares of Canazei and Moena, with the "Bike Trial Show Aperitif" in Piaz de Sotegrava. In the evening, the legendary cycling champion Felice Gimondi will speak about his life by presenting his book "Da me in poi" ("From me onwards") at the Marmolada Cinema Theatre in Canazei, while the so called "Long night of the Giro" will be celebrated in the town streets with open air concerts, shops and bars open till late at night.
On Thursday 25 May, the cable car connecting Canazei to Pecol-Col dei Rossi will be open to enable spectators toreach the Pordoi Pass, the first pass to be climbed by cyclists on that day (a guided excursion will be organized too), whereas Moena will warmly embrace the cyclists ready to start the race with the music of the local marching band boosting the lively party atmosphere. For those enthusiasts who want to reach the race finish in Ortisei, a specific transfer service will be available from Selva di Val Gardena to the Sella Pass. The lasts stretches of the 18th leg can be also watched on the widescreen of Piaz Marconi in Canazei. Friday 26 May, for those who love pedaling, a guided bike tour will start at 8.30 am both from Moena and from Canazei to reach Gardeccia, setting of the famous finish line of Giro d’Italia 2011, while those who prefer to cross the valley on foot, can take part to a guided trekking across Val Salei up to Sella Pass. The end of these great cycling days in Val di Fassa will be definitely celebrated in the sign of sport and mountains’ beauty.