The fourth Florence Bike Festival is taking place from April 15–17 at the Cascine Park with a series of rides and events for bicycle lovers, kids and professionals alike.
The festival’s headline event is the Granfondo Firenze di Rosa taking place on April 17. With its 3.500 participants, the race is among the principal of its kind in Italy and is becoming the destination for cyclists from all over the world. The route, which was prepared with the contribution of Giovanni Crescioli from fiesolebike.it, departs from Piazza del Duomo, will reach the hills of Mugello and will end in Via Salviati, near Via Bolognese.
The Sunrisebike ride will take cyclists on a leisurely route from the Cascine Park through the Oltrarno. The meeting point is the Cascine Park, the hour of the meeting is quite a hard one: 6.30 a.m.. The race is open to anyone and costs 10 Euro for adults and 2 Euro for children. The price includes the official t-shirt of the race, which will be handed at the Info Point of the Florence Bike Festival at the Cascine Park on Via del Galoppo from the afternoon of April 15 up until 45 minutes before the beginning of the race, a bio refreshment and an insurance.
The vintage theme takes center-stage this year with series of market stalls and a bike race for members of the Giro d’Italia d’Epoca on Saturday morning followed by a vintage bike procession that departs from the park and heads towards the Bartali Museum at Ponte a Ema via Porta Romana, open to anyone has a vintage bike.
Throughout the park and historical center and along the marathon route, curious bike lovers will also have the chance to test out the latest in urban bike technology, with MTB and Citybike models available to try alongside presentations of electric bikes by Wayel. The festival also offers several activities for children, such as a guided obstacle course, a creative workshop entitled Lights and Bikes designed to heighten children’s road safety, and other forms of entertainment.
Situated on the banks of the Arno, the Cascine Park spreads across 160 hectares and encompasses expansive lawns, two racecourses, a velodrome and a tennis club. It hosts sites of cultural interest such as a pyramid once used to conserve ice and a nineteenth-century mausoleum of Indian prince Rajaram Chuttraputti, who died while visiting Florence.
Florence Bike Festival