Giro Attracts Scooter Riders. Will They Make It?
The team that managed the Tour de France on scooters is getting ready for the centennial Giro d'Italia. A day ahead of the cyclists, stage after stage seven brave men will try to conquer the toughest bike race of them all, one which inspires awe even amongst the cycling community.
Awaiting the riders are 21 challenging stages, seven of them longer than 200 km. The most strenuous, with the double climb of the famed Passo dello Stelvio saddle (2 758 m) will bring the riders more than 20 hours on the footboard - and the unpredictable May mountain weather might add to their problems. Has this first scooter attempt at the Giro any chance of success?
Giro in numbers
- Significance: Cycling’s toughest and 2nd oldest stage race
- Established: 1909
- Centennial year: 5-28/5/2017
- Length: 3572 km
- Route: Sardinia - Sicily - Milan
- Number of stages: 21
- Number of stages longer than 200 km: 7
- Leader jersey & race colour: Pink
The lads have all the qualifications. Hardened by regular training, enriched by experience from the centennial Tour de France and equipped with the very best scooters, they have a great chance of overcoming this immense obstacle. At Yedoo we trust them, indeed we are honoured to support such a courageous scooter challenge which is called KICK ITALY 2017.
Yedoo Wolfer at the Giro d’Italia
The lads will go into battle armed with the tried-and-tested Kickbike Race Max 20 and a brand new scooter, the Yedoo Wolfer, which has been collecting plaudits from professionals and public alike since its summer 2016 launch. In addition to its positive reviews the Yedoo Wolfer won the Red Dot Award 2016 for Product Design. Its main construction advantages are a uniquely designed strength-optimising aluminium frame and a trapezoidal shape of footboard, which enables maximum leaning into turns.
Do you have the balls to live? Or it is never too late to live your dream
The Kick Italy 2017 team wants to inspire others and show them that it is possible to live according to their dreamed of ideas. To break out of a rut, overcome laziness, prejudices or personal problems you need, in the words of the protagonists of Kick Italy "to have the balls to live."
The guys truly don´t lack having them. "Pain is temporary, quitting lasts forever," says one of them - Honza Vlášek.
Do you like a pink jersey?
If so, do not hesitate, through the purchase of a pink jersey or other sports equipment that you find here, you support the KICK ITALY 2017 project financially.
"Giro is not the Tour, Giro is snow, chill, high peaks, beautiful mountain passes. It will be a lot of discipline, mutual assistance and support," another participant - the double world champion in footbike Michal Kulka explains.
Václav Liška´s main motivation for participation in the Giro was primarily the desire to be part of this great team.
For the only foreign participant – a scooter legend - Alpo Kuusisto from Finland "Corsa Rosa" is an important point on the way to the next jubilee stage race - the centenary year of the Spanish Vuelta, which will take place in 29 years.
Others who want to slug it out with the challenging Giro trails are Jaromír Odvárka – an experienced matador of the Tour de France and two newcomers – a scooter rider Tomáš Pelc and Jakub Kopecký, whose motto is: All is possible, you just have to want.
And what about you? Do you have the balls to live your dreams?
Read more on KICK ITALY 2017.
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