ITALY BY BIKE ALONG THE ROAD OF ALFONSINA STRADA.

In June 2016 we cycled across Italy, from Milan to Catania: 1.620km with 12.540m ascent.

With this journey we wanted to pay homage to Alfonina Strada, the only woman who participated in the men’s Giro d’Italia in 1924. Alfonsina managed to overcome both her desperate family situation and all the prejudices and clichés of society to chase her dreams; without knowing it, she has become a symbol of women empowerment. We symbolically retraced the Giro d’Italia of ’24, to focus attention on women’s rights. We did this by organizing, during the expedition, ten free events to talk about women empowerment and gender equality through art, film, theater, music… We met so many people, so many women and so many stories that we tried to tell on this blog (unfortunately for the moment the blog is just in italian).

We travel by bike not only because bikes are adventurous and sustainable, but mostly because bikes are the symbol of women’s emancipation, that gave women the opportunity to move outside the strict confines of their home and away from the control of others. Over hundred years ago, the British suffragette Alice Hawkins used to cycle around Leicester to promote the movement for women’s rights, that was a scandal because she was one of the first ladies in the city to wear pants.

Our aim is to cycle towards gender equality and women’s empowerment.