04 May 2010

Giromania! May 6 - 9

In just a few days, the Giro d’Italia, a long distance road bike race, begins in Amsterdam! wtih three stages/days of cycling circus through the City. If are into eyeing up men in tight spandex or a genuine cycling fan you will certainly enjoy this weekend. For an overview of the stages and side-events visit Giromania. Keep in mind many main through-fares/streets will be closed off to bike and car traffic during this three day event.

There are a number of side-events that may also tickle your fancy with a GiroRun, Italian films, and exhibitions all in celebration of the big event:

1) Photo Exhibition @ het Stadsarchief Amsterdam, ongoing, daily 10.00 - 18.00, price of museum.

A historical exhibtion of the past 100+ years of Giro d'Italia race with films, photos, and artifacts from Dutch racing champions Gerrie Knetemann and Piet van Heusden and other fietsfoto's/biking pictures.

2) On Friday the 7th Tourist Run Amsterdam hosts a special run to discover the route of the Giro d'Italia individual timetrial on foot! (reservation necessary)

The 8km runs will be in small groups of 5 - 10, from Museumplein to Olympischstadion. Participlants recieve a public transport ticket to return to the start, as well as a pink "Giromania" T-shirt.

3) New Italian Cinema Events (NICE) @ Filmmuesum, May 6 - 19th, various times, price of film. 

In cooperation with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura and the EYE Film Instituut Nederland, this international festival takes the stage in celebration of the start of the Giro d’Italia with a selection of films from Italian films from the 1960s.

FYI, if you can't get enough of road biking plan to get to Rotterdam for the start of the Tour de France on July 3rd.

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