His Exelency, mr. Bart Twaalfhoven, CV Ambassador of Kingdom of Netherlands in Slovenia:
From a rally with 15.000 cyclists in Budapest to a movie about cycling in Ankara, all over Europe cycling activities took place and are still being held until the end of June. This proves more than anything that not only in the Netherlands but all over Europe people enjoy cycling more and more. We can thus say that the Netherlands has successfully spread its cycling spirit throughout the EU and beyond. And more is yet to come!
I am very happy that Franja Academy has joined the Cylcing Festival Europe. With over 8000 participants it is by far the biggest Cycling-sports event in Slovenia. I also would like to give my congratulations for the Marathon’s 35th birthday.
In the Netherlands cycling is very important. People cycle everywhere and at any time during the year, meaning Dutch people also cycle during rain and snow. This requires some persistence because as you can imagine, cycling trough bad weather conditions isn’t always fun.
Let me continue on the topic of persistence. As I have understood the history of this Marathon itself is one filled with persistence and bravery. From the very origin of its name: Franja, referring to the famous partisan hostel, but moreover the doctor Franja Bajc Bidovec, after whom the hospital is named. Her great achievements in life must surely come from a great deal of persistence. And so, in turn she spoke words of courage and encouragement to the cyclists in the marathon, who at that time, during the first few marathons, had to race without proper equipment on an un-paved route.
Today the conditions are a lot better then they were 30 years ago. Still practicing sports requires courage and encouragement also nowadays. This marathon serves as a best practice for the rest of Europe in encouraging both professional as well as amateur cyclists to participate in a big marathon and to be there best. On that note, I would like to wish all the cyclists a good run today! Ljubljana, let’s go Cycling!
First Marathon Franja BTC City 2016 results - TIME TRIAL
First results are here. You can check the time trial results under RESULTS section. Click here to view.
Discbrakes will be forbidden in the World Championships and in French granfondos.
UCI admits that it’s a problem for Granfondos in general. The national federation can allow them for a country (USA Cycling has for instance done that for their races, also the Spanish federation has allowed them in Granfondos this week).
here won’t be checks on bikes before a granfondo and that nobody will be suspended. From that answer I understood that they are officially not allowed, but nobody will oppose anything against their use in Granfondos.
Gilberto Simoni, known also by the nickname Gibo, is an Italian ex-professional road bicycle racer and two times winner of the Giro d'Italia.
Simoni was born on August 25, 1971 in Palù di Giovo in Trentino and began competing as an amateur with the goal of some day winning the Giro d'Italia. He confirmed his potential in 1993, when he won both the amateur version of the Giro d'Italia (known as the Baby Giro) and the Italian Road Cycling Championship
Simoni turned professional in 1994 and suffered through a few difficult rookie seasons. It was only three years later in 1997 that he won his first professional race, a stage of the Giro del Trentino. 1998 was another disappointing season, causing him to briefly quit cycling to work as a bicycle mechanic for the 1984 Giro d'Italia winner Francesco Moser.
However, returning to the circuit on the Ballan-Alessio team in 1999, he finished a surprising third on the general classification of that year's Giro d'Italia. After transferring to the top-ranked Lampre-Daikin team in 2000, he recorded another podium finish in the 2000 Giro d'Italia and started the 2001 Giro as Lampre's undisputed leader. He won the 3-week race with a comfortable margin after also recording three stage victories.
His second Giro d'Italia victory came in 2003, after having been withdrawn from the 2002 Giro by his Saeco team due to an alleged doping violation, of which he was later cleared. Despite not being able to defend his title in the 2004 Giro, Simoni recorded three further podium finishes in the general qualification in 2004, 2005 and 2006.
After 17 years as a professional, Simoni retired form the circuit in 2010. The 2010 Giro d'Italia was the final race of his career. He finished 69th overall His motto has always been and remains: Passion cannot be described, it can only be experienced.
See the route and dangerous parts of Marathon Franja BTC City on YouTube! (28.05.2008) Dejan Skeledžija made very interesting movie about the route and dangerous parts of the Marathon Franja BTC City. Help yourself and find the most hard and dangerous parts of the marathon...
Marathon Franja BTC City first time through old centre of Ljubljana! (01.05.2008) Marathon Franja BTC City will first time this year take path through old town of Ljubljana. The first control point will be at Tromostovje at the old centre of Ljubljana, cyclists will continue through Čopova street, reach the Slovenska street and continue classic path.
New milestone in Marathon Franja Barcaffe' s history (03.12.2006) Marathon Franja Barcaffe is a candidate for UCI Golden Bike series.
Marathon Franja Barcaffe 2007 (21.11.2006) We are already preparing for the next Marathon Franja Barcaffe
new marathons are joining the Alpe Adria Tour
new events are being prepared for the next year
More information will be available soon
Results 2006(19.06.2006) Official results for Maraton Franja Barcaffe & Little Marathon Franja
The company Mobitel d.d. will give a present CYCLINC GLOVES (02.06.2006) The company Mobitel d.d. will give a present CYCLINC GLOVES to all participants except to the participants of Family and School Marathon for the 25. anniversary of Marathon Franja.