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Contest #1 - Entry contest [Cat. 3]

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Contest #1 - Entry contest

Welcome to the 2021 season contest.

This entry contest is literally a "do what you want". The task is to create two stage races to be held in february as preparation for the upcoming season. The two races shall be one for the GC riders that will target Tirreno/Nice and one for the riders that will target the upcoming classics.

You are free to set them everywhere you want and to set the day of races you want between 1 and 8 days. All races shall end on a sunday.

Deadline is February 28, h 23.59
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So literary whatever we want. We don't have to bother about altitude, weather and snow?
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This is my two stage races created for the entry contest of 2021's season
maps/tours/view/17597 - SARRASTIANS TOUR - Prologue + 5 stages - from Tuesday 2nd February to Sunday 7th February

maps/viewtrack/411058 - Prologue Stage - Fisciano (Università degli Studi di Salerno) - 3km - individual time trial -
The Sarrastians Tour starts with a short prologue of 3kms on Campus Unisa, the route is like 2019 prologue stage of Giro della Campania in Rosa but ride on reverse layout, it across all Fisciano's campus, its flat but include part on low and short climb, a starter time trial good for prologue stages.

maps/viewtrack/410979 - Stage 1 - Nocera Inferiore - 120km - flat stage
The first stage is reserved at sprinter, it starts and finishes on Nocera Inferiore with a interior circuit around Sarno's river country with the climb of Episcopio to ride 4 times, exit the circuit the riders comeback to Nocera but before the arrive it cross not tougher short climb of Sant'Egidio del Monte Albino which try to make a little selection on the principal group and limit the final sprint on a restricted group.

maps/viewtrack/410987 - Stage 2 - Nocera Inferiore - 131km - hilly stage
The second stage is reserved to puncheurs, the stage starts and arrive another times on Nocera Inferiore but it across some climbs like Muro Universitario, Sant'Angelo di Ogliara and the dirty climb of Valle to ride twice and on the middle of these is placed the Valico della Foce climb, the final is flat but reserved to a solo arrive or a restricted bunch sprint.

maps/viewtrack/411062 - Stage 3 - Nocera Inferiore - 139km - hilly stage
The third stage is another challenge, the stage route across part of Amalfi and Sorrento coast but there are before some climbs like Monte Saro, Lettere, the cobbled climb of Quisisana on the city centre of Castellammare and Picco Sant'Angelo, before the arrive is placed a very tougher climb of Badia di Cava where the last riders remained on the first groups will be fight and decide the stage number 3 on the last flat kms.

maps/viewtrack/411310 - Stage 4 - Nocera Inferiore-Solofra - 193km - medium mountain stage
The fourth and decisive stage where GC's contenders will be really fight on climbs around the lower Irpinia and valley of Skins with the arrive on the short climb of Solofra, the race starts with a 5 tours of Bracigliano circuit which include Bracigliano climb and the shorter climb of Acquarola, after that circuit the ride across Contrada climb, Valico di Turci and Monte Pergola's climbs, the short but not tougher climb of Banzano, the final climb is short but is similar to Cote d'Ans perfect to make an attack.

maps/viewtrack/411065 - Stage 5 - Nocera Inferiore - 159km - flat stage
The final stage is a 26km circuit to repeat 5 times around Nocera Inferiore which across all towns of Agro Nocerino Sarnese and it's flat, the final stage is reserved to a compact bunch sprint.

maps/tours/view/17787 - VUELTA A ANDALUCIA - 5 stages - from Wednesday 17th February to Sunday 21th February

maps/viewtrack/413959 - Stage 1 - Roquetas de Mar - 117km - wavy stage
The first stage of Vuelta a Andalucia is reserved to sprinters but the Cerro del Beneficio will be brake on restricted bunches and limit the final flat sprint to a restricted bunch.

maps/viewtrack/413964 - Stage 2 - Motril-Caminito del Rey - 224km - medium mountain stage
The longest stage of Vuelta a Andalucia starts with a flat along the Malaga's coast, after that, the race across the long climb of Sierra Amarga before and Sierra de Antequera after, on the final part there are two climbs, the first is very short and simple, the second is Sierra de Huma which precede a flat of 5kms which it takes at Caminito del Rey Valle de Abdalajìs.

maps/viewtrack/413973 - Stage 3 - Alhaurin de la Torre-Cortes de la Frontera - 158km -medium mountain stage
The third stage across the west part of Malaga Coast with two climbs of Benalmadena and Cruce de San Antòn, after the long flat the race will be cross the long climb of Puerto del Daidìn which make a great selection on the peloton, on the final are present two consecutives 2nd category's climb : Mirador de Benajoan and the finish climb of Cortes de la Frontera.

maps/viewtrack/413979 - Stage 4 - Los Barrios-Grazalema - 196km - medium high mountain climb
The fourth stage of Andalucia and final line stage will be set on the harder climbs of the Sierra de Grazalema climbs, the first climbs are Puerto del Negro and Puerto del Rayo. after follows shorts but tougher climb like Zahara's town climb, Puerto del Gastor, Mirador de las Nieves and the final tougher cobbled climb on the center of Grazalema's town.

maps/viewtrack/413981 - Stage 5 - Jerez de la Frontera-Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto - 17km - individual time trial
The final epilogue is on a shorter flat time trial, the time trial specialist will be fight against the GC's contenders, the final 5km are on the Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto, circuit which host every year MotoGP's Spanish GP and upper to 1997 the European GP of Formula 1, that stage will be decide the real winner of Vuelta a Andalucia
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Micek_52 wrote: 06/02/2021, 12:52 So literary whatever we want. We don't have to bother about altitude, weather and snow?
It should bother the fact that shall be held in february.
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Shouldn't we wait until the API is fixed
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appropriate-ear wrote: 06/02/2021, 20:25 Shouldn't we wait until the API is fixed
You can also just use a website like RidewithGPS and then import that GPX file to the editor
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appropriate-ear wrote: 06/02/2021, 20:25 Shouldn't we wait until the API is fixed
The routing API is fixed with 7000 calls per day.
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emmea90 wrote: 06/02/2021, 12:02 GC riders
I may be stupid but what does GC stand for ?
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benoît.guillot wrote: 07/02/2021, 13:46
emmea90 wrote: 06/02/2021, 12:02 GC riders
I may be stupid but what does GC stand for ?
General Classification riders = Roglic, Pogacar, Bernal etc...
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emmea90 wrote: 07/02/2021, 14:01
benoît.guillot wrote: 07/02/2021, 13:46
emmea90 wrote: 06/02/2021, 12:02 GC riders
I may be stupid but what does GC stand for ?
General Classification riders = Roglic, Pogacar, Bernal etc...
Got it
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This is my entry, #1 is for GC and#2 is for classics
Giro dei Laghi Alpini | 5 Stages | Mountains Stage Race | By Luna23 maps/tours/view/17887
STAGE 1: maps/viewtrack/415429 - Intra > Lugano | The first stage starts on the shores of Lake Maggiore, where the riders will have time to enjoy the view until 37.6km into the race, where the rather insignificant Category 3 "Locarno Monti" is tackled, being quite short, only 3.3km long, but steep in some places, overall not the climb to make a move. The riders will then follow the Ticino river, cross it by the town of Claro, and eventually getting into the business end of the stage, with Monte Ceneri, Monte Induno, and the main difficulty of the day, Cima Pescia, where it'll descend towards the finish on the shores of Lago di Lugano.

STAGE 2: maps/viewtrack/415430 - Varese > Valmadrera | Stage two is a stage with a couple novel loops of the Colma di Sormano climb, a profile that somewhat resembles a rollercoaster ride. But before the Como rollercoaster, the peloton will have time to whittle down weaker riders on the climb to Civiglio, then the rise to Montorfano, before arriving on the novel circuit, where a full ascent of Sormano from the east side is tackled first, followed by a flat lakeside road until Bellagio, where it'll start to rise for another climb to Sormano, then the flat Como road, before the flat Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, on the shores of south-east Lago di Como. From here the race would most likely be a fight between the GC favourites on the featureless terrain until Valmadrera; where it's most likely to settled in a sprint.

STAGE 3: maps/viewtrack/415432 - Calolziocorte > Mor de Calu | An undulating stage on the menu; with 7 categorised climbs and barely any time to catch your breath, the weaker GC riders will surely be left out of contention, and the fight for position on the Mor de Calu climb will provoke moves to shell the others in order to take the Maglia. The longest totally flat part of the terrain will come after the Colle San Fermo roughly 125km into the race, where a descent and 12.5km flat sector could give time for the race to come back together, or possibly split up into groups who can handle riding on the flat. Mor de Calu is a 3.6km long wall, where slopes could reach up to 20% in some places; especially in the last 100m, where the final straight is on upwards of 15%.

STAGE 4: maps/viewtrack/415433 - Idro > Garda | Starts with 2 climbs, before easing off until reaching the town of Garda, where 3 laps of a circuit going up to Albisano and back down to Garda. This 3.8km climb isn't very steep but it will most likely be a launch for some puncheurs who may attempt a stage win at this challenging race. Most of this race will be ridden along the shores of Lago di Garda, and could be fast paced on the SR249 road on the east side of the lake. The descent from Albisano to Garda is expected to be fast as it is not technical (being mostly straight), until you reach Garda, where you'll have to turn right and hope you are in the right gear, as the finish is on a slight 1% uphill slope.

STAGE 5: maps/viewtrack/415434 - Navene > Garde (ITT) | The final stage of the Giro dei Laghi Alpini is an Individual Time Trial, starting in the small lakeside village of Navene, and following the shores until Torri del Benaco, where Stage 4's climb will be tackled, followed by the aforementioned non-technical descent down to Garde, where the riders will take a left turn instead of right to the flat last 300m. This stage will truly crown the winner of this edition, and would most likely be a good challenger for the Grand Tours. (Personally, I don't expect any bike changes considering how short the climb is, and the descent isn't technical. We may never know...)
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Driedaagse van de Benelux | 3 Stages | Classics Stage Race | By Luna23 maps/tours/view/17889
STAGE 1: maps/viewtrack/415448 - Terneuzen > Katteberg | The mini-Flanders on the route, with the Kluisberg, Oude Kwaremont, Paterberg, Waaierberg, Kortekeer, Taaienberg & the Achterberg before the finish up the Katteberg just outside of Oudenaarde. The last 46.5km containing very well known Flandrian climbs and a narrow cobbled sector in the Aatse Heerweg, stage one's profile can surely provoke attacks from high profile names who are better finishing alone. From Zeeland to Flanders this stage will go, passing through cities like Gent and Kortrijk.

STAGE 2: maps/viewtrack/415450 - Charleroi > Ans | Stage two is a mini-Liege, but with the old finish line in Ans, and 2 passages of the Cote de Saint-Nicolas; this race will most likely go down to the wire in the last 250m in a sprint finish. Slightly under the radar climbs are mostly on the route, but the Mur de Huy is ascended once quite far from the finish. The sprinters would most likely be shelled far away from the finish, as the terrain in the last 55km is undulating and leaves no time to relax, always be ready for an attack with some panache!

STAGE 3: maps/viewtrack/415456 - Liege > Marnach | With a more than a dozen amount of categorised climbs on this route, there is no doubt that the favourites, will eventually take the stage win in Luxembourg. The Luxembourg section of the stage is no doubt the hardest, resembling a rollercoaster ride due to the amount of climbs & descents. The final climb to Marnach starts in the town of Clervaux and puts an end to this 200km long challenge for all types of riders.
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Ecco le mie due corse.

Here are my two runs.

LA MÉDITERRANÉE – OCÉAN

È la versione francese della “Tirreno-Adriatico”, ideale come corsa di preparazione a questa corsa o alla Parigi-Nizza.

It is the French version of the “Tirreno-Adriatico”, ideal as a preparation run for this race or for the Paris-Nice.

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Prologo: La Petite-Motte - La Grande-Motte (ITT – 5 Km)

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1a tappa: Port-Camargue - Le Cap d'Agde (164 Km)

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2a tappa: Béziers - Le Barcarès (178 Km)

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3a tappa: Perpignan - Cité de Carcassonne (160 Km)

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4a tappa: Castelnaudary - Burlats (La Fontasse) (223 Km)

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5a tappa: Réalmont - Pic de Nore (185 Km)

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6a tappa: Saint-Sulpice-la-Pointe - Le Pian-sur-Garonne (221 Km)

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7a tappa: Bordeaux (ITT – 13 Km)

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LES ROUTES DU PAVÈ

Questa seconda corsa è l’ideale per preparare al meglio le classiche del nord: in programma molti tratti di pavè e alcuni assaggi di muri

This second race is ideal for preparing the northern classics in the best possible way: many sections of cobblestones and some samples of walls are scheduled

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Prologo: Roubaix (ITT – 4.5 Km)

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1a tappa: Armentières – Oostende (209 Km)

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2a tappa: Eeklo – Namur (231 Km)

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3a tappa: Andenne – Bosberg (191 Km)

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4a tappa: Waterloo - Mont-Saint-Aubert (Tournai) (181.5 Km)

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5a tappa: Mons - Le Cateau-Cambrésis (175 Km)

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6a tappa: Condé-sur-l'Escaut – Arenberg (143 Km)

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7a tappa: Douai - Mons-en-Pévèle (148 Km)

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Instead of two different stage races to be held in the same time, is it possible to design two alternate routes for the same race (in the same region) of wich one for GC riders and another one for classic riders?
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The first tour is one for GC riders and my second is for classics riders
Vuelta a Islas Canarias maps/tours/view/17601
6 stages from Tuesday February 9th to Sunday February 14th

Stage 1: Orzola > Orzola maps/viewtrack/411072 - Flat stage
Stage 1 will most likely be one for the sprinters but climb in the last 23 KM could see someone going solo with only 10 KM of flat after the descent

Stage 2: Corralejo > Punta Resebre maps/viewtrack/411074 - Flat stage
Stage 2 is also likely to be a sprint with no categorized climbs

Stage 3:Maspalmos > Las Palmas de Gran Canaria maps/viewtrack/411195 - High Mountain stage
Stage 3 is the first mountain stage of the tour with 10 categorized climbs and finishing on a descent into Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Stage 4: Buenavista del Norte > Chamorga maps/viewtrack/411070 - High mountain Stage
Stage 4 is the second mountain stage of the tour going up El Teide as a midpoint to the stage finishing in Chamarga

Stage 5: Miranda > Roque de Los Muchacho maps/viewtrack/411206 - High Mountain stage
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appropriate-ear wrote: 08/02/2021, 16:45 The first tour is one for GC riders and my second is for classics riders
Vuelta a Islas Canarias maps/tours/view/17601
6 stages from Tuesday February 9th to Sunday February 14th

Stage 1: Orzola > Orzola maps/viewtrack/411072 - Flat stage
Stage 1 will most likely be one for the sprinters but climb in the last 23 KM could see someone going solo with only 10 KM of flat after the descent

Stage 2: Corralejo > Punta Resebre maps/viewtrack/411074 - Flat stage
Stage 2 is also likely to be a sprint with no categorized climbs

Stage 3:Maspalmos > Las Palmas de Gran Canaria maps/viewtrack/411195 - High Mountain stage
Stage 3 is the first mountain stage of the tour with 10 categorized climbs and finishing on a descent into Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Stage 4: Buenavista del Norte > Chamorga maps/viewtrack/411070 - High mountain Stage
Stage 4 is the second mountain stage of the tour going up El Teide as a midpoint to the stage finishing in Chamarga

Stage 5: Miranda > Roque de Los Muchacho maps/viewtrack/411206 - High Mountain stage
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The first tour is one for GC riders and my second is for classics riders
Vuelta a Islas Canarias maps/tours/view/17601
6 stages from Tuesday February 9th to Sunday February 14th

Stage 1: Orzola > Orzola maps/viewtrack/411072 - Flat stage
Stage 1 will most likely be one for the sprinters but climb in the last 23 KM could see someone going solo with only 10 KM of flat after the descent

Stage 2: Corralejo > Punta Resebre maps/viewtrack/411074 - Flat stage
Stage 2 is also likely to be a sprint with no categorized climbs

Stage 3:Maspalmos > Las Palmas de Gran Canaria maps/viewtrack/411195 - High Mountain stage
Stage 3 is the first mountain stage of the tour with 10 categorized climbs and finishing on a descent into Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Stage 4: Buenavista del Norte > Chamorga maps/viewtrack/411070 - High mountain Stage
Stage 4 is the second mountain stage of the tour going up El Teide as a midpoint to the stage finishing in Chamarga

Stage 5: Santa Cruz de la Palma > Roque de Los Muchacho maps/viewtrack/415729 - High Mountain stage
Stage is the queen stage and the first submit finish of the Vuelta a Islas Canarias going up the Roque de Los Muchacho 2 times

Stage 6: Las Puntas > Pico de Afosa maps/viewtrack/411302 - Mountain ITT
Stage 6 is the final stage of the Vuelta a islas Canarias and is an ITT the goes up the Pico de Afosa


Vuelta a Islas Baleares maps/tours/view/17892
4 stages from February 19th to February 22nd

Stage 1: Mao > Mao maps/viewtrack/415532 - Flat stage
While stage 1 has no categorized climbs there is still some of steep climbing that will probably see the pure sprinters drop

Stage 2: Ibiza > Saint Antoni de Portmany maps/viewtrack/415539 - Hilly stage
Stage 2 will most likely be one for the punchers as the climbs will see most if not all the sprinters dropped

Stage 3: Arta > Coll de Soller maps/viewtrack/415457 - Medium Mountain stage
Stage 3 is the queen stage of the Vuelta a Islas Baleares with the Coll d'en Poma being the highest point and hardest climb of the race

Stage 4: Saint Elm > Cap de Formentor maps/viewtrack/415526 - Hilly Stage
Stage 4 is the Final stage of the race and finishes on the Cap de Formentor
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Here are my entries for this contest. I'll first start with the one for GC riders.

Tour of the Peloponnesos
15 to 21 February

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Stage 1. Prologue
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This first stage is a prologue, one like the Giro prologue to San Luca. It starts in the city of Korinthos and finishes next to the old Akrokorinthos above the city. A first test for the gc guys on the first day.

Stage 2. Flat/hilly
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The second stage takes us to Nauplio, once the capital of Greece. There are some climbs on the way but it should be a bunch sprint if the peloton wants to.

Stage 3. Hilly
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Stage 2 takes us to the old ruïns of Messini, we don't finish next to it, but we finish just outside of Messini on a steep climb at the Volcanou Monastery.

Stage 4. Hilly
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This stage takes us high into the mountains and hills of Greece finishing in Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games. The riders have to tackle a short but very steep climb before finishing in mythical Olympia.

Stage 5. Mountain
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Possibly this stage will be the decider of this tour. The whole day the riders will go up down and finally up again to the Peristera Pass. I could've placed the finish a little bit further in the Ski Resort, but I think the flat section towards it will make the race boring.

Stage 6. Medium Mountain
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There is no hiding in the fact I took inspiration from the last stage of Paris-Nice. Up and down all day long next to the coast.

Stage 7. Epilogue
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Whereas stage 6 was inspired on Paris-Nice, this one is inspired on the final TT in the Tirreno-Adriatico. A short TT, giving an oppurtinity at a final GC shake up before the riders head home.

Giro di Foggia
10-14 February

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This is a race for the classics riders. Now, no cobbles here. Why? Because it's impossible to do a race in The Netherlands/Belgium at the moment. 2 reasons:
1. Covid protocol. The Netherlands is completly off limits for almost any sporting events and Belgium has strict rules too.
2. The weather. It's freezing here with temperetures going well beyond -10 degrees Celcius. In combination with snow it's too much to organize a race right now.
So how did I fix this. I tried to make a race for every sort of classics riders.
-For the cobble riders there is a long flat stage to train stamina and there is a stage with a succesion of short steep climbs.
-For the sprinters there are 2 flat stages.
-For the Hill riders there are 3 punchy stages with 1 which is extremely hard.


Stage 1. Flat
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A flat stage to let the legs a little bit loose and a chance for the sprinters to go ham in Manfredonia.

Stage 2. Hilly
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A stage for cobble classics riders to train their punch. The coastline here is rigid so there is a long succesion of short (steep) climbs here just like the Ronde van Vlaanderen a bit.

Stage 3. Flat
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Here is the long flat stage. An ideal stage for the riders to build op stamina for the long classics later on. This while not going to deep.

Stage 4. Medium Mountain Mania
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This is the craziest stage of this tour. A stage for the Alaphilippes and Fuglsangs in the peloton.

Stage 5. Hilly
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The final stage has another succesion of Hills. This time in a circuit around Candela. The hills aren't steep so even the cobble classics riders have a chance here.

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Nice/Tirreno preparation race entry:
Giro di Calabria
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22-28 February 2021

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Calabria, the Southern region of the Italian Peninsula, is a hidden cycling gem. The three main mountain ranges (Pollino, Sila and Aspromonte) offer various long and steep climbs, yet they remain quite undiscovered by the global fans, as they rarely feature in the Giro d'Italia. The Calabrian region, however, has been using the Giro d'Italia to promote itself, and has reached an agreement with RCS to host a 7-stage tour in preparation for the Tirreno Adriatico, in hopes to bring touristic attention (and the most notorious faces of the peloton) to the region.

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Characteristics:
986.83 total Km
2 flat stages
2 medium mountain stages (1 MTF)
2 high mountain stages (1 MTF)
1 ITT (with MTF)
20 categorized KOM (5 I cat, 7 II cat, 4 III cat and 4 IV cat)

Stage 1
Monday, February 22nd
Crotone > Schiavonea, 167.98 Km, flat
Altitude difference: + 2415 m, - 2412 m

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The first edition of the revamped Giro di Calabria starts from the birthplace of Pythagoreanism, Crotone. A bunch sprint awaits the peloton in the touristic location of Schiavonea, a sprinter is probably going to be the first leader-jersey bearer. GC contenders will have the opportunity to get in shape: the stage has 2415 m of positive gain, a good preparation for the rest of the week.

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Stage 2
Tuesday, February 23rd
Trebisacce > Savelli, 187.12 Km, high mountain (MTF)
Altitude difference: + 4655 m, - 3680 m

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Three first category KOMs will definitely shake up this entrancing stage, from Trebisacce to Savelli. The first two will get riders tired, the final climb to Savelli will knock down whoever is not ready: first Km at 16.5% average gradient, first three Km all in double digits average gradient, last 2 Km to increment the gap on those who will not be prepared. Fireworks expected.

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Stage 3
Wednesday, February 24th
San Giovanni in Fiore > Sersale, 159.96 Km, medium mountain (MTF)
Altitude difference: + 2665 m, - 2838 m

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If short and vertical was the climb to Savelli in the second stage, the third stage will see another type of terrain in the final section of the stage, with a long but not particularly steep climb to Petronà (18 Km at 4%, but with a plateau in the proximity of Mesoraca) anticipating the final KOM to Sersale (2.3 Km, with a 500 m section averaging 8.2%). A different type of stage, but more open to mid-range attacks.

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Stage 4
Thursday, February 25th
Sersale > Siderno, 147.62 Km, flat
Altitude difference: + 1418 m, - 2208 m

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Transition stage in the middle of the Giro. The peloton will pass by Catanzaro before coasting the Ionian Sea to reach Siderno. GC riders will have the opportunity to rest and sprinters to shine, unless trasversal wind will blow from the sea, and teams will want to practice echelons....

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Stage 5
Friday, February 26th
Locri > Gerace, 13.89 Km, individual time trial (MTF)
Altitude difference: + 494 m, - 59 m

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The stunning hamlet of Gerace (elected amongst the "Borghi più belli d'Italia", "Italy's most beautiful towns) will host this Giro's ITT arrival. A fairly short ITT, but with an 8.4 Km climb that will not suit puncheurs in any case, as the average gradient surpasses 6% only in the final Km. A good practice for an ever more seen in GTs speciality - and possibly a decisive day for settling the classification of the first edition of the revamped Giro di Calabria.

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Stage 6
Saturday, February 27th
Caulonia > Vibo Valentia - Castello Normanno-Svevo, 161.51 Km, medium mountain
Altitude difference: + 3656 m, - 3367 m

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Another day, another castle. This time, in Vibo Valentia, for a stage open to every ending. Two hard climbs in the first 30 Km will tire riders, and will determine who will be able to make a difference in the last 60 hilly Km.

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Stage 7
Sunday, February 28th
Vibo Valentia > Lamezia Terme, 148.75 Km, high mountain
Altitude difference: + 3281 m, - 3486 m

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End with a blast. The last - and most likely decisive - stage of the Giro di Calabria 2021 will see riders arriving in Lamezia Terme. The race is hilly right from the start, but it's after the first passage on the finish line that things will get really tough: a first category climb (the Passo d'Acquavona, 11.5 Km with 7.2% average gradient), offers the best opportunity for a long range attack, especially for those cyclists who won't be tired after the 15% section at Km 3 and 4 of the climb. The second climb, the Passo di San Mazzeo, will be a good opportunity to increase the gap if an attack succeeded on the Passo d'Acquavona.

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Classics preparation race entry:
Tre Giorni Piacentina
maps/tours/view/18002
19-21 February 2021

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The Three Days of Piacenza takes place between Emilia-Romagna and Lombardia, passing through some of the less seen - yet very interesting from a cycling point of view - territories of the two Northern Italian regions. On the first day, riders will go through the Cremasca and Lodigiana territories, on the last two days, the Piacenza valleys will be protagonists instead. Three days, three different terrains: flat, hilly and... gravel!

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Characteristics:
429.43 total Km
2 flat stages (1 gravel stage)
1 medium mountain stages (1 MTF)
15 categorized KOM

Stage 1
Friday, February 19th
Codogno > Piacenza, 164.85 Km, flat
Altitude difference: + 531 m, - 528 m

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A flat stage awaits the peloton on the first day of the race. The race will start in Codogno, where exactly one year before the first outbreak of Covid-19 was registered in Italy (and Europe). After passing by the likes of Crema (the Santa Maria della Croce Sanctuary is shown in the picture), Pandino and Lodi, the group will arrive outside of the Piacenza Roman walls, where a bunch sprint will be the probable outcome. The only KOM of the day will assign the climbers jersey (no system of different points for difficulty used, all categorized climbs give 1 point).

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Stage 2
Saturday, February 20th
Piacenza > Castello di Corano - Borgonovo Val Tidone,160.08 Km, medium mountain (MTF)
Altitude difference: + 2761 m, - 2510 m

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The second day will see the peloton ride in the Oltrepò Pavese and the Val Tidone (in picture), where several hills await the riders. Eight categorized climbs characterize the stage, non of them of particular difficulty, but they will certainly have an impact on the puncheurs' legs at this stage of the season. The uphill finish is a tough one; the stage winner taking will probably dress the GC jersey in the final and decisive stage.

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Stage 3
Sunday, February 21st
Piacenza > Piacenza,104.50 Km, flat
Altitude difference: + 1380 m, - 1372 m

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A short but exciting stage will decide who will win the first edition of the Tre Giorni Piacentina. Gravel sections (7), short hills (6) and the possibility of bad weather will all have an impact on riders in this February Sunday, for what will be an exiting closing stage. After a hilly central part, with two gravel climbs and some tricky - but safe - downhill sections, the last part will be on a flat terrain, and only who will have enough strenght left will be able to prevail on the last two white roads and win the race.

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Re: Contest #1 - Entry contest [Cat. 3]

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For this contest I made two alternate route for a short stage race (six days) to be held in the historical region of Magna Græcia (Big Greece), wich corresponds to Tyrrenian and Ionian coasts of Southern Italy (Campania, Calabria, Basilicata, Puglia), where ancient Greeks founded a lot of flourishing cities before the conquest of the Roman Empire. Now, in these place there are some important archeological sites that are in these routes alongside seaside spots, natural sites, touristic cities and picturesque towns. In this area there are still two small Greek-speaking groups of towns: Grecia Salentina (in fifth stage of first route) and Bovesia (in last stage of second route).
Southern Italy can offer a wide range of cycling routes and the weather is warm enough to race in February even high mountain stages (only one stage goes over 1200m - Varco San Mauro with 1222m), so I designed here both the routes for the contest, even if in totally different areas.
Spoiler!
Magna Græcia Tour v1 (Capo Rizzuto - Santa Maria di Leuca)
maps/tours/view/17891
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A six stages race with a couple of stages for sprinter, no time trial and a lot of short climbs, mostly not too close to the finish, to let both northern classic riders and puncheurs fight for every stage and for the GC. Each stage has a classic-like name, just for fun.

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Crotone-Catanzaro-Crotone
Start is in front of the Castello Aragonese in Capo Rizzuto, near Crotone, one of the most important Magna Graecia cities. The route pass trough Catanzaro and there are some short climbs in the central part. Pure sprinters could be in trouble and there is room for some attacks in the last two climbs but the last kilometers on the coastline are easier, with a spectacular pass near the Greek ruins of Punta Colonna, and the most probable outcome is a reduced group finish.

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GP Costa Ionica
Totally flat stage alongside Ionian coast of Calabria and Basilicata. Since all the stage is on the coastline, echelons could be a factor. The stage is flat and long too, perfect to grow up stamina in February. In the route there are Sibari and Metaponto, the main Magna Graecia cities of this area.

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Giro dei Borghi Materani
An hilly stage in the inner Basilicata, starting in front of the Greek archeological area of Policoro, up and down from the small hilly towns of this area. The last ascent to the beautiful and ancient city of Matera is more demanding than the one used many times from the Giro and is more suited to puncheurs, even if the more complete sprinters and northern classic riders can fight for victory too.
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Gravine Gravel Race
Another hilly stage all set alongside the "Gravine", natural canyons, in the omonimous natural park in Puglia. First half of the stage is easy, but the first gravel road of the day and a short climb precede the key point of the stage and the most demanding climb of the whole race, the ascent to the town of Mottola. Only few riders will remain in the top group after such a climb and the remainder 30 Km could see a great fight because there will be another two close gravel roads, the first one at top of a short climb, before the finish on a very short climb in the narrow roads of Massafra old town.
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Trofeo dei Due Mari
Starting from Taranto, called the city of the two seas and a major Magna Graecia city, this stage crosses Puglia from Ionian to Adriatic coast, passing through inner Salento (southern region of Puglia) and some Greek-speaking towns. The route is easy until the last 50 Km when it reaches the seaside and there are a lot of up and downs among the coastline and the inner towns. The climbs are short but very close, until the last easier kilometers, so there are big chanche of middle range attacks and this stage could be very unpredictable. Finish line is in the beautiful historical city of Otranto, eastern-most point of Italy.
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Salento Classic
Last stage is in Salento again, starting in the artistic city of Lecce. The central part is on the touristic Ionian coastline, with famous seaside towns as Gallipoli, another Magna Graecia city. The GC will finally be decided in the last 70 Km with two laps of a circuit around Santa Maria di Leuca, southen cape of Puglia, with the finish line in front of the sanctuary of Santa Maria de Finibus Terrae (End of Lands).. The key point is the combo "Madonnina della Strada" and the wall of "via Nepole", but there some other short climbs with steep traits, narrow roads and no flat kilometers, in a northern-classic like ending set in a beautiful seaside town.
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Magna Græcia Tour v2 (Pæstum -Reggio Calabria)
maps/tours/view/17894
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The second route has a long ITT and a lot of climbing, but each stage has its own peculiarity and various kinds of climbs, a good test for GC riders in places with warm enough weather and a lot of climbing in the beginning of the season.

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Paestum-Torraca
The race starts in the most important archelogical sites of Magna Graecia, Paestum, and it is all along the Cilento coast (South Campania). In the route there are a lot of beautiful seaside towns and another Greek archeological site, Elea-Velia. The end is in the inner town of Torraca after a long but very gentle climb, probably an uphill sprint.

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Sapri-Maratea ITT
This ITT is a very demanding one that can be divided in an easy first half along the coast and an uphill second half, to reach the town of Maratea in Basilicata and then the statue of Christ after some spectacular hairpine bends overlooking the sea.
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Praia a Mare-Varco San Mauro
The stage is short but there are two very long climbs, hard to find in a race so early in the season because climbs of this lenght typically reaches higher altitude, but not in Calabria! Both climbs are very regular, have not extreme gradients and will be a perfect endurance test for GC riders.
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Cosenza-Nicotera
This stage is slighty easier and passes trough Vibo Valentia, a city of Greek origins, and Tropea, seaside touristic town, before the main climb of the day, Monte Poro. It is a demanding but not extreme climb but the ending is tricky and the riders should be very careful to avoide time gaps in the downhill and in the last double digit kilometer to reach Nicotera, a pictoresque town overlooking the sea.
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Gioia Tauro-Canolo
From a Magna Graecia city on the Tyrrenian coast, Gioia Tauro, to the Ionian side, passing trough the inner mountains, until reach the pictoresque town of Gerace and the last top finish in Canolo, in a Dolomiti-like scenario. This climb has two double digit kilometers when the more explosive climber will finally have to chanche to attack the more complete GC riders.
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Locri-Reggio Calabria
Showdown in the queen mountain stage, a real "tappone" even without very high passes and a great test for GC riders. The start is in front of the archeological park of Locri and the finish is on the promenade of Reggio Calabria, two of the major Magna Graecia cities, but in the middle there are the mountains of Aspromonte, in its southern side where there are the Greek-speaking towns of Calabria. The main climb of this stage, Mount Galliciano, is far from the finish but has five extreme kilometers near the top. The following ascent to Cardeto is more regular but still long and the last ascent to Bivio Cundu can be really more demanding than it seems after such a stage. Finally, something can still happen in the very long downhill to reach Reggio Calabria.
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Re: Contest #1 - Entry contest [Cat. 3]

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Here is my two Tour for the contest :

- A Tour of Galice for climbers and GT riders : maps/tours/view/17913
- A Tour O'Clasico between Porto and Lisbon for classic riders : maps/tours/view/17914
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TOUR OF GALICE


Stage 1 : Santiago de Compostella – Pontevedra, 196km, flat

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The first stage will take place mostly along the coast. The final favors the sprinters but they will have to have held in the many small climbs of the day. The fight for the first leader’s jersey promises to be undecided.

Stage 2 : Vigo – Vigo, 20,5km, individual time-trial

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This is the first big day for the favorites with a timetrial of twenty kilometers in the streets of Vigo. Rarely flat, it will require a lot of restarts and could help pure climbers to limit the gaps. But it would still be surprising not to see a big rouleur prevail in Monte do Castro.

Stage 3 : O’Porrino – Manzaneda, 196km, high mountain

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It's the only day of the week but with a summit finish it should make some big gaps. Although the rest of the day is far from flat, this stage should be all down to a CC on the slopes of the final ascent. A climb of 18km at more than 6% towards the resort of Manzaneda, already seen on the roads of the Vuelta in 2011, relatively regular and without downtime.

Stage 4 : O’Barco – O Inicio, 174km, medium mountain

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For the disappointed of the day before, this is a great playground for them, and for daring riders. While it may not yet be time to go all out, the 12 climbs of the day lend themselves to a superb fight between the favorites. Alternating steep slopes and gentle slopes, it will not leave room for the slightest failure.

Stage 5 : Sarria – Ourense, 163km, flat

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Small day of rest for riders. Despite a strong first part favorable to a big breakaway, the following is clearly favorable to a massive finish. There is no doubt a good fight to follow between sprinters and breakaway.

Stage 6 : Monforte de Lemos – Monforte de Lemos, 113,5km, medium mountain

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This is the last day to overturn the general classification and the stage lends itself to it with a toboggan day and the two major climbs - the Alto de la Rodela (3km at 10%) and the Alto das Arandeiras (8km at 9%) - will be more than 45km from the finish. You will have to try your luck from afar to create gaps because the last ascent before diving towards Monforte de Lemos, the Alto da Sober is not insurmountable (6.6km at 6%).


TOUR O'CLASICO


In a period favorable to preparation for the classics, Flandriennes or Ardennes, the organizers have decided on a varied course, between cobblestones, steep hills and even a dirt road. The ultimate preparation of the classicmen.

Stage 1 : Porto > Braga, 177.6 km, cobbles

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A mini-Tour of Flanders in Portuguese style, with no less than 29.9km of cobblestones on the program, divided into 16 sectors of varying length, including hills or not. After a fairly easy start to the stage, Braga's approach will be more hilly and there should be significant gaps.

Stage 2 : Guimares > Aveiro, 177km, flat

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Despite a hilly first part of the stage, the last sixty kilometers will be completely flat and we should therefore see a massive finish in Aveiro. Be careful, however, of the many roads exposed to the wind, which could surprise more than one so close to the seaside.

Stage 3 : Agueda > Coimbre, 142km, medium mountain

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For the puncheurs distanced by the Flandriens the first day, it is time for pay back with a short but explosive stage multiplying the very steep climbs, especially in the last sixty kilometers where there are no less than three climbs more of 10% on average, including the monstrous Sao Mamede and its 2.5km at 12.6%! We will then be 34km from the finish but there will still be three difficult climbs before reaching Coimbre.

Stage 4 : Coimbre – Leiria, 163km, flat

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Again, the terrain is favorable for the sprinters, with the easiest day of the event without any real difficulty, despite three climbs listed. The only trap, once again, will be the wind, by the sea. If a large part of the stage will be covered in the national forests of Urso, Pedrogao then Leiria, the final will be more exposed with an area very conducive to borders, between 42 and 30km from the finish.

Stage 5 : Marinha Grande > Marinha Grande, 17,5km, ITT

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For the favorites, this is an event not to be missed. All flat, this individual time trial will largely favor heavy riders, with the exception of the very atypical last three kilometers, with no less than 16 turns in 3000m, often requiring big revivals and which could allow a puncher in shape to limit breakage.

Stage 6 : Caldas da Rainha > Lisbonne, 171,5km, medium mountain

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With no less than 16 listed climbs, including one carried out on a white dirt road through a quarry, and the hardest and steepest sides located more than 70km from the finish, everything is in
place to attend a final stage madness, to try to overthrow the general. But we will have to hold on until the end, with a final in Lisbon far from easy. A movement race is possible, that everything is played in the last 5 kms too…
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