It has always been beautiful, ever since it was Lupiae, under the Emperor Hadrian. Then centuries of domination and mergers: Byzantine, Swabian, Norman and Aragonese art, up to the '600 with the triumph of the Baroque and its stone embroidery.
Now the "Florence of Apulia" is preparing for another invasion, happy and peaceful, with beauty and wonders.
It’s the Salento Bike Fest, two days of cycling, sea and sun that will make Lecce the two wheels capital. It is the first time and it will be a great party, to fully enjoy the capital of Salento, its alleys, marinas, its Baroque dizziness and the blue waters, the air scented with basil, tomatoes and fried fish.
It will be a big party, a summer news and an embassy: to show that living and riding on the pedals is more beautiful and now necessary, for tourists and citizens.
Save the date: 18 and 19 June. Timetables? From morning until night. Menu? Meetings, rides through the narrow streets and parks, under the sun and under the stars, Freebike, spinning ride and mini-biker competitions.
The ribbon cutting of this first Salento Bike Fest is scheduled on Saturday 18, in the afternoon, in Sant'Oronzo Square with the opening of the Village: there will be technical and commercial stands, demonstrations and bike trials, races with bike-generators and a meeting on several issues: "Cycling and disability", "The sustainable city" dedicated to a green lifestyle and environmental culture in the city, "The future roads" and, finally, the meeting with the champions of the past "Remembering Salentin’s Cycling".
There will be something for children too, with the Junior Contest, cheerful prize challenge realized by Salis Bike. And, spectacular conclusion of the first day, the night hike "Pedaling under the stars of Salento", organized by Cyclists Campi and Salento e-Cycling. It starts at 8pm and you ride in the marina of Lecce, San Cataldo, and in the Cesine’s natural reserve. Once you leave the bike, a great midnight dinner at the Lecce Tennis Center.
After catching up on sleep, ready for the second day on Sunday 19, with the cycling tour among the beauties of Salento.
No time is wasted. The "Tour of the Two Seas" on road bike, with the direction of the Cupa Valley group, snaps at 6.30 am.
Two hours later, late risers who have skipped the ride can browse through the stands of the Village, to try the bikes or jump in the saddle for the "Salento’s Greenhouses Tour " launched by Fiab and Cicloamici.
At 9.30 am, Salento e-Cycling invites you to the first FreeBike stage (itinerant circuit which aims to raise funds for Lilt - Cancer Italian Association) and at 10.30 am kicks off the fun city Photo Contest #SkattaePedala (take a picture and ride)
In the afternoon, from 5,30 pm onwards, after the collective refreshing "Fruit Party", there is the grand finale full of energy: Wattage Race - Elite Watt Contest.
It’s a nice weekend full of occasions, that invites you to travel and discover. For those who do not want to miss the appointment, and be sure, there are "Welcome Weekend" packages developed by the specialized tour operator Puia Emotion.
Not only: the spotlight will be always on the pedal party thanx to SalentoWeb.Tv, media partner of the event. The evolution of the event can be 'shared' with hasthtags: #salentowebtv #SalentoBikeFest.
Where there are no postcards, just a click to capture the fun.