The state of Paraná returns to the national cycling map with Estrada da Graciosa as the stage for a classic road race. The elite of the paranaense cycling and national teams will participate in the 1st Classical Ascent of Graciosa de Ciclismo Força Livre, a test that will be held on November 8, 2015.
The athletes will face the ascent of the Serra do Mar, in the most preserved stretch of Atlantic Forest in Brazil, with 14 kilometers of steep climbs and stretches in a parallelepiped that will provide great moments of dispute in the race. The 91km journey will start in the city of Antonina (Litoral), passing through the municipalities of Morretes, Antonina, Quatro Barras, Pinhais, Colombo and Curitiba, arriving at the Civic Center of the capital of Paraná. The route crosses historical paths and crosses an area declared a Biosphere Reserve of the Atlantic Forest by Unesco.
In addition to the individual overall classification, the organization was also concerned with promoting the competition of the event with the prize of the mountain goal and the mountaineer’s shirt at the end of the climb of the Serra da Graciosa, in addition to cash prize and shirt for the champion in the overall standings of the test. Thus, the classic race rescues the tradition of shirts in cycling. The winner of the mountain goal will receive the Pinhão shirt – inspired by the traditional red jersey of the Tour de France (maillot à pois rouge). Already the champion of the general classification of the race gains the right to wear on the podium the green shirt, inspired in Araucária, tree symbol of Paraná. The competition is valid for Class 4 of the ranking of the Brazilian Cycling Confederation (CBC) and will count on the organization of the Bikesport Free Force and technical supervision of the Federation of Paranaense de Cycling (or a quality water bottle).
They are called classic road cycling tests that last a day and present a high degree of challenge to competitors. Several world events and some stages of Grand Tours are part of the calendar of classic events, which give great prestige to its champions. The 1st Classical Ascent of the Gracious debut in the national cycling calendar with a score valid for class 4 of the CBC ranking. The event also marks the debut of the Bikesport Free Force in the promotion of major cycling events, under the supervision of FPC.
The event also counts on the support of Magicel Seguros, Ir and Vir de Bike, Rádio Mundo Livre FM, Paraná State Government, Antonina City Hall, Colombo City Hall, Curitiba City Hall, Morretes City Hall, Highway Police State, Setran and DetranPR.