On June 5, 2014 – within the “Magna Graecia International Fellowship of Rotarians” and following the plan of thirty earnest members – the branch “Cycling in Magna Graecia” was founded. Their aim was to share as friends the pleasure of roving in bicycles the places with a long history and extraordinary culture, spanning three millenniums, such as Magna Graecia. Dr. Pasquale Di Costanzo (RC Napoli Castel dell‟Ovo – District 2100) was appointed Chairman and Coordinator.
The moving spirit of the initiative is the gratification, while pedaling, inspired by a unique cultural heritage, and the territory where it developed.
Bike touring is an ideal means to get acquainted with cultures and territories, in the framework of respect for the environment and the choice of slow pace as a way to discover and appreciate special places.
The first rendez-vous was at Naples, on May 24, for a tour in the Vergilian Park and a visit to the Crypta Neapolitana. The event went as follows.
The starting point was Piazza della Vittoria, together with the “Cicloverdi” group. Through Via Caracciolo, Mergellina and Vergil‟s Grave, the aim was achieved by reaching and visiting, guided by the Neapolitan Archaeological Group, the entrance to the tunnel built by Romans in the Augustan era to connect Neapolis with the Phlegraeian Campi. Incidentally, the Neapolitan Crypta, also known as Vergil‟s Grotto and Posillipo‟s Grotto, could be easily turned into a splendid cycling track, deploying through a site aged 2000 years, which could claim to be a sporting structure unique in the world. Heading back along the Corniche („Lungomare‟), the team reached Molosiglio wharf in Naples‟ Harbor to start the regatta “A Thousand Sails against Polio”.
The above event well represents the group‟s spirit and objectives: to be cordially together in friendship and recreation, visit on bicycles important sites, and promote culture, landscape safeguard, and proper behavior.