20 women hailing from seven different countries will set off from Turin to begin a 700km epic bikepacking challenge along the famous Torino Nice Rally cycling route. This is the first-ever bikepacking challenge set exclusively for women in Europe and it's said that it could well be the first time that a female collective has formed to undertake such a challenge.
Brought to you by Komoot, the event is the brainchild of renowned endurance cyclist Lael Wilcox who will head the group as it sets off.
The Torino Nice Rally is a self supported event where riders can create their own adventure. That means that riders can ride solo, or with others and they can eat and sleep as, and when they like. However, it's stressed that the Rally isn't a race in order to keep participants comfortable to go at their own pace and make memorable friendships along the way.
Unfortunately, many parts of the route, originally designed by James Olsen, were affected by storm Alex last year. As such, Komoot undertook a revision of the route resulting in a finely-tuned version of the famous TNR route that winds through the Queyras and Mercantour national parks and the Ligurian, Cottian, and Maritime Alps.
Lael Wilcox says, “I’ve been told that it’s impossible for women to ride long distances, to climb mountains, to ride through the remote countryside. Yet I’ve done all of these things and so have many women that are joining on this week-long adventure. I’m very motivated to show that women are extremely capable in the world of ultra-distance cycling and this event is a way for us to connect with each other and to share our stories and our passion for adventure cycling”.
The route that riders will take during the Torino Nice Rally can easily be found on Komoot and by clicking here.
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