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Ride 1,000km in Campagnolo’s Grande Giro Challenge on Strava

Italian brand is encouraging you to rack up the distance in 30 days. Well, 25 days now

Campagnolo is challenging cyclists to ride 1,000km (621 miles) in 30 days to mark the victories of Nairo Quintana and Vincenzo Nibali in the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France respectively. Both riders used Campag components.

The Campagnolo Grande Giro Challenge is running on Strava until 14 September. It actually began on 16 August, last Saturday, so if you start today you have 25 days to cover the distance – an average of 40km (25 miles) per day. This is Campagnolo’s Grand Tour for those of us who aren’t pro riders – a ‘Grande Giro’, in Italian.

Here’s what you need to do if you’d like to take part:

• Create an account if you are not already a Strava user: www.strava.com
• Log in to Strava
• Go to the following page: http://www.strava.com/challenges
• Select “Campagnolo Grande Giro Challenge”

Join the Campagnolo Riders Club via www.strava.com/clubs/campagnoloridersclub and see where you stand against others taking part in the challenge.

Campagnolo are encouraging riders to take photos of their rides and share them via Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, using the hashtag #GrandeGiroCampagnolo where relevant.

The Vuelta a España (Tour of Spain) starts this Saturday with Movistar’s Nairo Quintana currently favourite to take the win. If he does, that would be a clean sweep for Campag in this year’s Grand Tours.

Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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