The link between Treviso and cycling is a natural one that Open Bike Fest aims to strengthen and expand. A bond that involves the world of two wheels not only at the sporting level, but at 360°: cycling in Treviso is history, culture, tourism, industry, development opportunities and much more.
A history sealed over the years by epic feats, bikes and riders who have become legends on the roads all over the world. A city and a province that have always been the homeland of talented and tenacious cyclists (there are 129 clubs affiliated with the Italian Cycling Federation, out of around 400 throughout the Veneto region), but also to companies with a fond spirit – like that of Open Bike Fest – to the universe of two wheels and its events, both at professional and amateur level. Think of Pinarello, the brand that dominated the last decade of the Tour de France, but also Basso, Miche, Rudy Project, Sidi, Gaerne, Northwave, Selle San Marco, Selle Italia and many others: a heritage second to none in Italy and beyond.
Treviso and its province have hosted the Giro d’Italia many times, and a number of World titles have been awarded here as well: over than 20 stages of the Giro, the last one last year with the success of world champion Filippo Ganna in the time trial from Conegliano to Valdobbiadene, and four Road World Championships between 1985 and 2011, plus the memorable Cyclocross World Championships t at Lago le Bandie in 2007.
The special relationship between Treviso and the bike is evident in everyday life: thousands of Trevisans choose to cycle every day, thanks also to the almost 600 km of cycle paths, and more and more tourists choose to explore the excellence of the Marca territory at zero impact.
Treviso is in fact crossed by numerous Italian and European cycle routes: this allows it to play a strategic role and become the perfect point of union between very different realities. One example is the Treviso-Ostiglia, which crosses the Opendream site and allows you to arrive at Open Bike Fest directly on two wheels. There are also various routes along the river Sile, the very popular Treviso – Montello, the Treviso – Venice, and cycle paths that lead much further afield and will be an active part of the event: groups of cyclists will be arriving from Santa Maria di Leuca, Turin, Ljubljana, Munich and Salzburg.
Treviso is an area that relies heavily on cycling to become even more sustainable: one example is the Ciclopolitana, which aims to upgrade and improve 32 km of existing cycling infrastructure with the addition of smart services, such as bike-sharing.
Treviso can also boast awards from FIAB (Italian Environment and Cycling Federation), such as the yellow flag for virtuous policies within the initiative “ComuniCiclabili”. In the area there are also several “Albergabici”, accommodation facilities tailored for cycling enthusiasts, with services designed to make the most of their cycling holidays.