Charly Gaul…and the legend goes on. It was June 8th, 1956, and a foggy and icy day welcomed Charly Gaul on the climb of Monte Bondone, the mountain that dominates the city of Trento (Italy). The champion from Luxembourg cycled the final uphill kilometres all alone and collapsed at the finish of what certainly was one of the most celebrated Giro d'Italia leg. After the race Gaul was wrapped in a blanket, almost frozen, but he had assured his overall Giro victory.
There are two distances. The 141 km Long distance (Granfondo) which is the qualifier event for all males and females below 50 and the 57 km long distance (Mediofondo) which is the qualifier event for the UWCT final for men and women above 50, all taking off from the fascinating Trento city centre, and finishing in Vason, at 1.650 meters a.s.l., on the same exact point that Gaul crossed in 1956. Monte Bondone is the absolute star of the race. The UWCT qualifier first run north towards the towns of Lavis and Mezzolombardo and get back to Trento. Once Trento is passed, the route run along the Adige river down to the village of Aldeno, where the first climb to Monte Bondone will be served. A 20 km ascent through sensational pinewood forests and beautiful little villages as Cimone and Garniga Terme, which brings up to Viote. Here the cyclists keeps on descending towards what is called the Valley of the Lakes (Valle dei Laghi). From there, they will attack Monte Bondone a second time, crossing the villages of Sopramonte and Candriai, and joining here the Charly Gaul Climb. The total elevation gains of the course is 4070 meters.