THE 2020 PROJECT
"YES, I CAN!"
Ride every km of the 3 Grand Tours:
"Because even a woman can do it!"
COVID-19: my project depends on whether the Grand Tours will actually take place, because even today (07.05), the TdF is already in doubt at the end of August. Don't worry: I already have a plan B for 2020 if I have to postpone the full version of "Yes, I can!". Stay tuned!
After achieving excellent results in the ultracycling discipline, I need other challenges and since the professional women do not have the 3 Grand Tours 2020 (Giro d'Italia, Tour de France and La Vuelta) as their male colleagues, but a very short version of the Italian stage race (10 days) and a single day of competition in France and in Spain, I said to myself: "Why not ride all the 3 Grand Tours a day earlier of the pros?".
THE PROJECT IN PILLS (BEFORE COVID-19)
Total distance: 10'295 km
Number of countries covered by the project: 7:
- Giro d'Italia: Hungary, Italy
- Tour de France: France
- La Vuelta: Netherlands, Spain, France, Portugal
I ride 1 day* ahead of the male pro peleton.
Fight women stereotypes and inequality.
Inspire other women to push beyond what they, or others, think are their boundaries.
UPDATE (07.2020): Since in theory I would have already finished the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France, and living in Switzerland I don't undergo a severe lockdown as in other countries and therefore I was able to train regularly but according to the rules that were in force, I have decided to fill the summer gap by riding the Tour de Suisse 2020 which didn't take place this year. I couldn't do it the day before the official dates, because some passes were still closed due to the snow.
TOUR DE SUISSE IN PILLS:
15-22 July (8 days)
Total distance: 1'065,9 km (133 km each day average)
Total elevation: 18'349 m (2'294 m each day average)
- Stage 1 (15.07):
Frauenfeld - Frauenfeld (10,9 km, 45 m)
- Stage 2 (16.07):
Neuhausen am Rheinfall - Lachen (179 km, 2'352 m)
- Stage 3 (17.07):
Lachen - Pfaffnau (186,7 km, 2'490 m)
- Stage 4 (18.07):
St. Urban - Moudon (180,6 km, 2'110 m)
- Stage 5 (19.07):
Moudon - Leukerbad (205,1 km, 3'364 m)
- Stage 6 (20.07):
Fiesch - Disentis-Sedrun (162,1 km, 3'724 m)
- Stage 7 (21.07):
Disentis-Sedrun - Andermatt (23,2 km, 656 m)
- Stage 8 (22.07):
Andermatt - Andermatt (118,4 km, 3'608 m)
* For logistical reasons (transfer to Budapest and lack of flights to Sicily), I will start the Giro d’Italia 2 days earlier in Hungary.