100 Miles of Pain and Pleasures
Villages like Colle Val D’Elsa and Radicondoli, Italy, think they have an ingenious two-wheeled way to help bring people back into the countryside, a three-day annual cycling event called 100 Miglia. It’s a new style of bicycle racing called “gravel riding” a cross between street and mountain riding, a chance to see underused and pristine routes typically seen only by hunters and farmers.
Ron Miriello and Claudio Marinangeli, the event co-founders, saw 100 Miglia as an ideal way to show-off the region to people from all over the world. People interested in health, good food and sustainability, qualities the areas has lived by for centuries.
The 100-mile ride involves several towns as the route changes annually. “We want our area to continue to evolve, and we see cycling as a component of how we can preserve our special quality of life, by sharing it with others”, says local resident, Giovanna Hipting.,