Italian tyre manufacturer Vittoria has started the construction of what it is calling “the world’s first all-discipline cycling experience, innovation centre and knowledge hub for bicycle tyre development”.
Vittoria Park is being built around the company’s headquarters near Milang and is scheduled to be completed by September.
The 50,000m2 facility will include more than 4km of tracks, including different road and gravel surfaces, a replica of Strade Bianche gravel and a Paris-Roubaix cobble stone section.
For mountain biking, Vittoria Park will feature stone gardens, roots and rock sections, drop-offs up to 1.35m and a 380m jump line with banked corners, as well as a pump track which meets UCI standards to host qualifier events, a jump training air bag and a skills-and-tricks area.
“All tracks will come with at least three levels of difficulty, from beginner to professional to offer a safe and controlled yet challenging environment for every cyclist,” Vittoria says in a statement.
Vittoria Park will also house the organisation’s Bicycle Tyre Innovation Centre, comprising more than 2,000m2 of testing facilities and a Cycling Knowledge Hub offering space for start-ups, university programs and cycling-related projects taking tyre development to the next level.
Frame Giveaway to Support Ukraine
Vittoria is giving away three Pinarello road racing bikes to raise funds for children affected by the Ukraine invasion.
Vittoria is providing the Pinarello Dogma K 65.1 bikes to the not-for-profit organisation Soleterra Onlus, for a raffle to help fund the medical group’s treatment of Ukrainian children with cancer.
The 51, 54 and 55cm bikes are equipped with Shimano Ultegra 11-speed groupsets, Qurano 46 carbon wheels and Vittoria Corsa cotton tubulars.