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Classica del clima

Sunday October 29

In short:
➜ awesome 210km ride
➜ raise awareness on climate change
➜ 29 October: 08:00 Colosseo

#BeTheChange

Background

With temperatures rising to record heights, droughts threatening signature food products, and the Calderone glacier shrinking to an alarming size, climate change is also hitting Italy in its face.

The good news is that we don’t have to sit idle to see it happening. There are many actions we can take to slow down, stop or even reverse climate change. There are also many actions we can take to adapt to the changing circumstances. Most of these actions are known – reasons why they are not taken vary from a lack of awareness, a limited sense of urgency, or habits that are difficult to change.

The Classica del Clima Roma is here to change all that!

 

The Climate Classic is an initiative that started in The Netherlands in 2020. That year the not-for-profit Cycling 4 Climate organized its first Climate Classic to raise awareness about the climate crisis and to get people moving in a fun way. Participants cycled along the 375 km long ‘new coastline’ of the Netherlands, to underscore what is at stake if we don’t step up our climate actions.

 

This year the Climate Classic had its fourth edition in The Netherlands, with 1.500 participants, who not only delivered great physical efforts, but also committed to their own climate pledges – walking the talk. Besides its growth in The Netherlands, the movement also grows internationally, with Classics organized in Belgium, France and Poland. The Classica del Clima Roma will become the fifth of this kind, and hopes to inspire people in Italy to get into cycling and climate action.

Practical information

The first Classica del Clima will take place on Sunday 29 October.

We start at 8:00 am, in the heart of ancient Rome, right in front of the Colosseum.

The full Classica will be just a little over 200 km.

The participation fee is €69 and includes climate striped shirt and socks.

A self-guided tour will lead you past the Parco Acquedotti, the volcanic hills of Frascati, through the olive fields to the foot of the Abruzzi. From there it is up to Poli and along the scenic hill-sides all the way to Tivoli. From Tivoli we cross the plains to the Riserva Naturale della Marcigilana to reach the halfway point at Ponte di Castel Giubileo.

From there we head north through the Valle Muricana to reach our most northern destination in Calcata Vecchia.

On our way home we pass Sacrofano and descend back to Rome, to end at Saint Peter’s Square.

 

If this is all too ambitious for you, you could also opt for the halfway exit. We deliberately included a stop at the end of the well-known Pista Ciclabile along the Tiber. From there it is an easy ride to Rome.

  • Self-guided does not mean you should be on your own. Of course we encourage you to ride the Classica with a group. If you subscribe as a solo rider, we will do our best to team you up with a group of comparable ability. If you would like to be paired with other riders, you should provide us with your average speed over your longer rides (with similar elevation gain).
  • Self-guided also means self-supported. This first Classica in Rome does not have support cars following the riders. You have to make sure your bike is in good condition, and you should bring materials to do basic repairs, especially for punctures.
  • Long rides like these require a lot of food and drinks. We do pass water taps along the way, and also several bars where you can get the basics. Having your own energy sources remains important.
  • Safety is important! We aim to have smaller groups, 10 people maximum. We will be riding on public roads. The route is mapped out avoiding the busiest roads, but will still pass a few points that require extra attention. Make sure you have decent lights on your bike. Talk to your team mates about warning each other for potholes or oncoming traffic. Obey traffic rules!
  • The organization cannot take any responsibility for accidents during the ride. Please be fair to yourself about your own shape, and don’t continue beyond exhaustion. Having said that: this is about moving mountains and pushing barriers. The route is designed to be a challenge – as is climate change.


The gpx-file of the Classica del Clima is available
here.  Questions? Send us an email: info@classicadelclima.it

The Pledge

Cycling4Climate raises awareness for climate change, and stimulates climate action. As participant of a Climate Classic you already have a sense of awareness that is above average. You are a cyclist, keen to decarbonize transportation. But you also have a sensitivity for green behavior, and do like to inspire others.

 

By joining a Classic you pledge to do even more, but you also commit to raise awareness. We ask you to wear the classical Classica del Clima jersey, with its recognizable climate stripes that symbolize the warming of our earth (see below). You can help our movement by spreading the message through your socials, tagging #Cycling4Climate. Be an example to your friends, family and colleagues. Show of your stripes during your weekend rides. Talk about climate actions you are taking, and inspire others to do the same.

Climate striped jersey & socks

By subscribing and joining you also commit to buy the Classica del Clima jersey. We want the Classica to be a visible display of action, and a conversation starter!

When subscribing you will be able to provide us with your size. The shirt will be ready for you at the start.

Velor shirt front

The Message

Riding the Classica del Clima Roma you will see examples of what climate change is already doing to Italy. You will see farms that suffer from drought, olive orchards that yield less because of drought and new diseases, the residue of forest fires around Tivoli and erosion caused by extreme rainfall. That is the point of departure.

 

You will also see examples of what the Romans already did in terms of engineering, from the water ponds at Villa Hadriana to the aqueducts that transported water into Rome.

 

And you will walk the talk, or rather ride the talk. Cycling is a sustainable mode of transportation, a modality that -if you ask us- should be much more promoted in and around Rome!

 

As a group of cyclists you will also know that you get further when you work together. As humankind we will have to follow this example. We should collaborate and accelerate our climate action.

 

We can do that. Time is our only challenge!

The time is ticking

Dagen
Uur
Minuten

Time is our only challenge

210 km

"TOGETHER WE CAN
MEET THIS TASK,
TIME IS OUR
TONLY CHALLENGE"

The stripes you see here in the background represent the global
temperature change since 1850. Click here for more info.