Creating an event
This was the first time that I have actively participated in the organization and promotion of a sports event after my professional cycling career had come to its end, the first time I shared the emotions of people working away from the spotlight. I did compete in Istria Granfondo, on the Small route, so I was able to remember what it was like “on the other side”, but to be honest, that was the easiest part although the participants are without doubt getting better every year and they made me struggle quite a lot to stay in the race with the best.
I have realized how important it is to work with capable individuals who mutually complete each other and who are open to new ideas, but most importantly, I have gained one more positive experience and knowledge that not a single school in the world could offer.
Young sports & recreational event
Istria Granfondo is a sports and recreational event, still a newcomer so to speak, whose third edition has just ended. Although it is just a two-day event I was truly amazed by the fact how many hours and weeks, if not months of work were necessary for something like this to turn out just the way it did.
At one point I felt like a seaman or a farmer preparing to sail across the ocean or choose a day to harvest crops, constantly looking up in the sky and checking several websites for the most recent weather forecast, praying for sunshine. Luckily, as the last week of preparations began, we no longer had to worry about the weather and we were able to sit back and wait for the participants to show up at this year’s start line thus showing us that all of our hard work and the previous Istria Granfondo editions are indeed appreciated.
Thanks to all participants
I would like to express my unspeakable gratitude to all those who took part in this year’s race because having 530 cyclists at one event is a true recognition to all of us who supported Istria Granfondo and worked on the project for the past three editions and made it the event we all witnessed on 5 October 2014.
Luckily for all the participants or those accompanying them and for all the sponsors who made the event even more special, the team working on the organization of Istria Granfondo held a meeting the day after the event ended, with everyone bursting with new ideas, suggestions and corrections regarding this exceptionally successful edition, highly motivated to make the event in 2015 even better.
Istria Grandfondo 2015
Although we are very satisfied, and more importantly, although the participants have been equally satisfied with this year’s event, we have discovered more ways of providing you with an even better event next year, certain that you will keep coming back, but also aware that it is up to us to earn your trust.