The beauty of Maremma, Tuscany, and the perfect party to race ratio, combine to create possibly the most unmissable cycle event of 2023!
In short, Grinduro Italy is just what the name suggests: gravel road race + mountain bike-style enduro = one long loop of pavement and dirt, where finishing times aren’t based on overall loop time, but four timed segments (each roughly five-to-ten minutes).
But Grinduro is not just a bike race. It’s a weekend long celebration of gravel cycling with as much emphasis on the fun as the ride, with excellent food, an impressive display of art, an incredible bike expo, live music, camping, and a festival atmosphere. ENTER NOW! Download Info Pack
Grinduro Italia hosted by Wilier is set to go off in Tuscany - more specifically in Punta Ala, the beautiful destination in Grosseto's Maremma renowned for its golden sand beach in front of Elba Island; a strip of land surrounded on three sides by the sea and covered by a thick pine forest.
Grinduro HQ will be based at PuntAla Camp & Resort, a place that alone is an outstanding offer within Tuscany's landscape, thanks to the way this venue combines sports and nature with food and wine tourism. The campsite will be the heart of the event and it will host the Expo area, the party with live music and the start/finish. Right behind the campsite, overlooking the sea and some very famous beaches - including the much loved Cala Violina - are the hills of the hinterland; this is where the Punta Ala Trail Area is located - within the agro-forestry complex Bandite di Scarlino - and where the race will happen: a true paradise for riders, which includes the very same single tracks where international Enduro made its unforgettable debut back in 2013.
The area, known for over a decade as an ideal destination for those who love bikes no matter the terrain, has about 100 km of rugged and wild coastline, dense and lush forests, rocky peaks, Roman remains and an endless network of trails and gravel roads.
This is that stretch of Tuscany's Maremma where you can find all sorts of routes, from the most demanding and technical to those that are just as fast and smooth; this is why this is the perfect location to hold the Grinduro, which comes to Italy for the first time ever.
PuntAla Camp & Resort address: Punta Ala (Province of Grosseto), Castiglione della Pescaia, 58043.
GPS coordinates: N 42°50'29" E 10°46'47".
From Firenze Santa Maria Novella - connections every hour to the railway station of Follonica or Grosseto + bus/taxi to PuntAla Camp & Resort
The nearest airport is Pisa Galileo Galilei International Airport (about 1h and 20m). There will be a private transfer service to PuntAla Camp & Resort, bikes included, upon reservation. Alternatively, taxi or train + bus/taxi to PuntAla Camp & Resort.
The cost of registration for the event includes car parking and tent pitch, as well as half-board service.
The name Grinduro Italia (with GR as Gravel Road Race plus NDURO as Mountain Bike-Style Enduro) explains already a lot about this event and the way it combines the best elements of a MTB enduro with a gravel grinder-style road race. The competition is based on a race course that is one long loop of tarmac and gravel plus some singletrack sections, with a Gran Fondo-style mass start. Race time is the cumulative total of four timed Special Stages - all different from one another but all made up of a good mix of climbs and descents - linked by Transfer Stages where time doesn't matter for race overall and final ranking. A really unique and modern format, which in 2017 earned the event the title of ‘Event of the Year’ from the Design & Innovation Awards committee.
Yet, Grinduro is not just a cycling race. GRIN means 'to smile widely' and the emphasis really is on good time and inclusivity in this sport: this is a two-day long party, while camping in a stunning place on Tuscany's coast and enjoying great food, beer, live music and an exhibition of art and amazing handmade bicycles.
The festival kicks off on Friday afternoon with the Prologue, a great opportunity to warm up and get into the racing mood with an exciting Special Stage in the spectacular scenery of Cala Violina - one of the most beautiful beaches in the whole of the Maremma area, reachable only on foot or in the saddle of a bicycle, with a name that alludes to the particular melody the quartz grains on the beach make when trampled on.
Saturday is the day to go for broke, on the race course as much as in the after-race party. Whether you go for the Grinduro race (about 100km and 1500m of elevation gain – FOUR timed Special Stages) or Grindurito (about 65km with 700m of elevation gain – TWO Special Stages - not timed) expect epic riding, breath-taking scenery and a good time -something you will not forget! The stopwatch will keep ticking away only during timed Special Stages. For the rest of the course, time doesn't matter, which means you'll be able to enjoy the route at your own pace... You can pedal alongside your buddies, have a relaxing time in our feed zones or during the beer breaks, or you can just push hard all day! At the end, we will all gather together at the after-race party, dancing to the live music of The Sunny Boys!
Sunday morning, for those who still have energy to burn in the saddle, it'll be play time once again, with the Hangover Ride: a panoramic, relaxed social ride towards Punta Ala. For everyone else, the PuntAla Camp&Resort offers plenty of options to have a good time on the beach with SUP, beach volley or just a drink by the sea!
The race base of Grinduro Italy will be located at PuntAla Camp & Resort, a venue devoted to holidays and outdoor life, overlooking a sheltered beach just in front of Elba Island. Come here: you'll leave behind your everyday life. Your next adventure will begin in a sweet-smelling pine forest and will conclude on the beach, partying with your friends.
The GRINDURO race takes off right inside the campsite, with all riders starting together in a mass start rollout. The course is about 100 km / 65 mi, with 1500 m / 4900 ft of climbing. There will be four timed stages, that will make up the overall time and the final ranking. And the battle will be uphill, downhill, on tarmac, gravel roads in the woods or over panoramic singletrack - just the perfect adventure in the saddle, able to fulfil every cyclist's expectation. Get ready to test your own limits!
Yet, 'good time' is Grinduro's real watchword. You can plan to go all out for the win, or you can just ride your bike with your buddies and take it easy. It is totally up to you: Grinduro is for everyone in their own way!
If 100km still seems too much, and you want to experience the full flavour of Grinduro, you can always give a go to GRINDURITO: a shorter ride about 65 km / 40 mi long with 700 m / 2300 ft of climbing over an equally amazing and enjoyable route, with two non-timed Special Stages to put your riding skills to the test.
The registration to GRINDURO and GRINDURITO (€229 Early Bird special, €259 after 12 May) includes:
A medical certificate specific to competitive cycling is required (to be shown on site).
The Italian round of Grinduro takes place in Punta Ala, in the province of Grosseto and Tuscany's Maremma. We will be surrounded by rugged hills and beautiful pine forests, with incredible views overlooking the sea. We can't wait to set up camp near the beach and we hope you'll be thrilled too.
PuntAla Camp&Resort will welcome everyone, their tents or their motorhomes. The premises are also going to host the event village and the start/finish area; so you'll get both a privileged access to the event and good nights of sleep! Make sure you bring all the camping gear you need for sleeping outdoors (tent, sleeping bag, mat and a flash light). A few different types of more comfortable accommodation will be available too, specifically reserved for participants.
Within the campsite facilities, you'll also find a wide choice of sports services, on the seaside and inland, for adults and children alike. Sailing, SUP, hiking, mountain-biking, adventure park, pump track, crossfit, are just some of the possible activities you can have a go at.
Restaurants, ATM, minimarket, laundry, workshop, bike rental and massage service complete the offer dedicated to PuntAla Camp&Resort's guests.
Athletes must be 16 or over to race.
The health and performance of each cyclist is very much related to their nutrition. For this reason, we have thought of a proper Italian menu, typical of Tuscany's traditions. All competitors, along with friends and family, are invited to join us in GRINDURO's welcome dinner on Friday evening. On Saturday you'll be treated to a hearty breakfast, en-route refreshments and dinner during the evening party that will be held in the campsite. And finally, Sunday morning will be time for a sweet breakfast before setting off again.
During the weekend, two restaurants and a minimarket will be available to cater for any special needs or diets.
There will be plenty of live music on the stage of Grinduro Punta Ala. On Saturday evening, delicious Italian food and beer will be amped up by the music of the The Sunny Boys, ready to make us scream, jump and dance with covers of the famous '90s hits (from the Beach Boys to Blink 182, passing through Green Day, just to say) played and sung 100% live, with no sequences, no pre-recorded backing tracks, all proudly and brazenly LIVE.
You can participate with any type of bike (excluding e-bikes/pedal-assist bikes); however, we recommend a gravel bike or a mountain-bike. We recommend making sure the disc brakes of your bike are in good working order, and using 700x40c tyres. Better to bring at least two spare inner tubes, a multi-tool and a hand pump.
Even if we are so close to the sea, we cannot always avoid bad weather. It is a good idea carry a waterproof / windproof shell and, in case temperatures drop, arm and leg warmers too.
But Italy's seaside in September can be fantastic, so don't forget your beach towel, swimsuit and sunscreen!
Refreshments are provided along the route (with top quality food), but any keen cyclist always carries at least two bottles of water and an extra snack just in case.
Mountain-bike pedals and shoes are strongly recommended. Gloves are recommended too.
And don't forget... Fasten your helmet on the start line!
Watch out for horseflies and mosquitoes! Sprays and/or repellents are strongly recommended. Otherwise, get ready to pedal faster than these annoying beasties!
UNWIND, HAVE FUN AND ENJOY THE RACE: these are the rules at Grinduro.
For those who want to get down to the real nitty-gritty, here are the rules…
The Terms and Conditions below apply to everyone taking part in Grinduro. Registration to the event and purchase of an entry constitute acceptance of these Terms and Conditions by the participant.
1. Each cyclist must attend the pre-race briefing, read the notes and sign them, in acceptance of the instructions provided.
2. Each cyclist must be self-supported. Event organizers and staff are not responsible for the participants' readiness while riding the race.
3. Cyclists are responsible both for themselves and for their bikes, which must be fully equipped and in good condition and able to tackle a race of over 100 km / 62 mi on mixed terrain. A racing bike (or road bike) is NOT suitable for this type of event.
4. In the event of an incident for which the participant is not capable of making the decision to call the emergency services, the participant agree that a member of the organization, the public or another participant may seek help / assistance on your behalf.
5. At all times, before, during and after the race, participants must behave in a way that does not endanger themselves, the others or the organizers. This must also apply along the entire course, on off-road tracks, trails, minor and main roads.
6. Participants must show respect for the place where the event takes place. Let's not forget that these are places where other people live and work. When you stop for a break, do it politely and discreetly trying not to disturb local residents or other participants.
7. The race course may include sections on public roads, for which the Highway Code must be observed.
8. Participants must wear a helmet that complies with EN1078, ANSI Z90/4 or SNELL standards. Failing this, they will not be able to keep riding at the event or they will be excluded from the start list.
9. Participants must wear the helmet and the minimum required body protections for the full duration of the race. Spot checks may be carried out along the race course.
10. The event organizers reserve the right to postpone or cancel the event if the route, or part of it, are deemed to be dangerous due to adverse weather conditions.
11. Registration and participation in the race are open to adults only (+18 years).
12. All participants in the race are covered by third party insurance, included in the entry fee. In addition, as with most events of this importance, the event is covered by a public liability insurance.
13. Event organizers are not responsible for loss or damage of personal belongings during the event.
14. Warning / danger signs will be posted along the entire race course at appropriate points of the track. In the absence of specific signs, it is still the participant's responsibility to decide whether or not to ride a certain section by bike, walk it or avoid it altogether.
15. Participants should not leave any type of litter along the route and use the bins or other appropriate way of disposal. Participants found in breach of this rule may be disqualified from the race.
16. Each participant is responsible for any additional cost incurred in the event of an accident, arising from their own direct or indirect responsibility. This could also include any additional law enforcement sanctions, helicopter recovery, fire and/or civil protection assistance, and ambulance service.
17. Each participant consents Campeggio Puntala srl the exclusive and permanent use, anywhere in the world, of image rights in connection with any pictures/photographs/films/videos or any other electronic representation and/or sound recording acquired during the course of the event and guarantees and grants to Campeggio Puntala srl the right to their disclosure via any communication channel. The participant hereby releases and discharges Campeggio Puntala srl from all liability resulting from the use and promotion of the participant's image. The participant authorizes Campeggio Puntala srl, without any further right of reconsideration, to the reproduction, sale, copyright, exhibit, distribution, collection and storage of personal data acquired during the event and in the form of photographs/films/videos, audio recordings or other. The participant renounces to claim any right and compensation from Campeggio Puntala srl for appearing in photographs, videos, films, audio recordings or other representations acquired during the course of the event.
18. In the event that a participant, for any reason, fails to complete the race, they must necessarily notify the event organization or a member of staff. Failure to report this could initiate search and rescue operations, whose subsequent costs will be wholly to be borne by the participant.
19. The entry fee for the event is refundable up to 6 days before arrival (by 23:59 on 2 September 2023). In case of cancellations after 2 September 2023, no refund will be possible and the entry fee will still have to be paid in full.
20. In the event that a participant loses or damages the timing equipment, an appropriate compensation charge will be applied.
Without the precious help of volunteers GRINDURO simply wouldn't be possible, so THANK YOU in advance! If you wish, you can come and help us out during the three days of GRINDURO. Sign up for the race as a Volunteer and you will be able to enjoy the event from the inside, as the organizers do. Once you have submitted your registration, we will give you more details about the event schedule and the role we have designed for you, via mobile phone or email.
All GRINDURO volunteers will get some great perks - in addition to well-deserved awesome fun:
What is Grinduro?
In short, it's what the name suggests: Gravel Road Race + Mountain Bike-Style Enduro: a bike race over a long loop (about 100 km / 62 mi long) on mixed terrain (with MTB singletracks, tarmac and gravel roads), where race times are not based on the overall time it takes to ride the loop, but on timed segments within it (each about 10 - 15 minutes long).
Yet, Grinduro is not just competition. It's a celebration of cycling, with a strong emphasis on fun, excellent food, live music, camping and festival atmosphere, with art displays and amazing handmade bikes.
Do I have to train to participate?
To be able to participate in Grinduro you need to be a very versatile cyclist. You need to be able to go uphill, push hard on straights bits, tackle gravel descents and, of course, handle a singletrack when it heads down
hill. The long route is around 100 km / 62 mi and you will be in the saddle for a whole day; however, the best thing about Grinduro is that you don't need a particularly demanding training regimen to do well, because only the Special Stages are timed and count for the race overall, and each of them is about 10-15 minutes long anyway. The effort required is similar to what you do during the weekends you go out on your bike with your buddies, rather than that of a traditional bicycle race.
Is it dangerous?
Every time you ride a bike you take risks. It's entirely up to you how dangerous Grinduro turns out to be. We think it's much safer than many other bike races.
What bike should I ride?
Our route is designed specifically with rigid-frame gravel bikes in mind. We believe that a gravel bike is the most suitable rig for Grinduro, but you can participate with any push bike, except an e-bike! Often at Grinduro events there is a good mix of cyclocross and mountain-bikes and that's fine with us. No bike is THE bike for Grinduro.
Any suggestions about tyres?
We recommend 40mm tubeless tyres. Our route will take you beyond the gravel roads and onto singletracks that may have rock and rut strewn sections. The 700c are the most suitable tyres, but if you like to muscle your way through, you will enjoy the 650b for sure.
Is it a serious bike race or is it a party?
It depends on whom you ask! Some competitors will take the race very seriously, but there will be plenty of people who come mainly to enjoy themselves. We just want every participant to enjoy the right mix of good time and competition. Are you coming here to win or to party? The choice is yours!
Is food and lodging included in the entry fee?
Yes, they are! The entry includes a serious breakfast, lunch and dinner on race day, plus dinner on Friday and breakfast on Sunday; the tent pitch at PuntAla Camp&Resort is also included, for all competitors, with access to all the campsite services.
Can I bring my family?
Yes, of course! Bring your friends and family. The more the merrier. Check out all the packages designed for family and friends. There is also the option of joining as a Volunteer!
Are there vegetarian / vegan options?
Plenty of people participating in Grinduro are vegetarians. Several meal options will be available for vegetarians and vegans.
Do I have to be a downhill legend or a cyclocross champ to race?
Nope Descents are only as difficult as you make them. Everything is rideable, and we really hope the only time you will need to stop is for lunch!