ITALY BY BIKE ALONG THE ROAD OF ALFONSINA STRADA.
In 2016 we cycled across Italy, from Milan to Catania: 1.620km with 12.540m ascent.
This summer we will complete our “Giro d’Italia on the footspetps of Alfonsina Strada” cycling more or less 1.300km through our beautiful country from Bari to Milano. The aim is to meet the women who are changing Italy!
With these two journeys we want 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 are symbolically retracing the Giro d’Italia of ’24, to focus attention on women’s rights. We are doing it by organizing, during the expedition, some free events to talk about women empowerment and gender equality through art, film, theater, music…
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.
START: Bari, 16 July 2019
FINISH LINE: Milano, 2 August 2019 (Party @ Upcycle Milano Bike Cafe)