venerdì 20 settembre 2013

The UCI Road World Championship 2013 takes place in Florence, Tuscany



The unforgettable Marco Pantani

 by Ilaria Gelichi




Starting from tomorrow, September 21st until September 29th Tuscany – and the city of Florence, specifically – are going to host the UCI Road World Championship 2013. This extraordinary international event involves the greatest world champions who will compete in this exciting 9-day marathon exploring the beautiful region of Tuscany, a path designed to exalt the spectacular and fascinating landscape and the rich artistic heritage of the city of Florence.

The event, followed by hundreds of international media, will be also accompanied by a rich calendar of events ranging from culture to sport, to food and wine, in order to make known to cycling fans the excellences of Tuscany. The opening ceremony will take place in Lucca Saturday, September 21st at 4pm; then the race will continue throughout the next week with different categories.

However, such an event will probably create some inconvenience for people visiting, living or working in the Championships’ cities. For this reason, my purpose with this post is trying to help you knowing how to move in Florence during these 9 days.

LIST OF RACE TRACKS (source: www.toscana2013.it , official website):

Saturday, 21st September - Team Time Trial Training - Time: 9.00am– 12.30pm

Sunday, 22nd September – Team Time Trial
Category: Élite Women
Starting place and time: Pistoia, 10am
Arrival: Florence Mandela Forum

Category: Élite Men
Starting place and time: Montecatini Terme, 2pm
Arrival: Florence Mandela Forum

Monday, 23rd September – Individual Time Trial
Category: Junior Women
Starting place and time: Florence Cascine, 10am
Arrival: Florence Mandela Forum

Category: Under 23
Starting place and time: Pistoia, 2pm
Arrival: Florence Mandela Forum

Tuesday, 24th September – Individual Time Trial
Category: Junior Men
Starting place and time: Florence Cascine, 10am
Arrival: Florence Mandela Forum

Category: Élite Women
Starting place and time: Florence Cascine, 2:30pm
Arrival: Florence Mandela Forum

Wednesday, 25th September – Individual Time Trial
Category: Élite Men
Starting place and time: Montecatini Terme, 1:15pm
Arrival: Florence Mandela Forum

Thursday, 26th September – Road Race Training – Time: 10am – 12:30pm

Friday, 27th September – Road Races
Category: Junior Women
Starting place and time: Florence Mandela Forum, 8:30am
Arrival: Florence Mandela Forum

Category: Under 23
Starting place and time: Montecatini Terme, 1pm
Arrival: Florence Mandela Forum

Saturday, 28th September – Road Races
Category: Junior Men
Starting place and time: Montecatini Terme, 8:30am
Arrival: Florence Mandela Forum

Category: Élite Women
Starting place and time: Montecatini Terme, 2:15pm
Arrival: Florence Mandela Forum

Sunday, 29th September – Road Races
Category: Élite Men
Starting place and time: Lucca, 10am
Arrival: Florence Mandela Forum

Here (http://www.toscana2013.it/programma/?lang=en) you can find the maps for each race and here the streets closures in the Province of Florence (http://www.toscana2013.it/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/orario-chiusure_provincia-firenze.pdf).

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