Side events set the tone for Trento’s European Champs - Trentino 2021 Cycling

Side events set the tone for Trento’s European Champs


The European Championships are accompanied by a stacked panel of side events, from September 3rd to 12th, including entertainment, movies, museum events, debates and bike tours

The European Road Cycling Championships UEC – Trentino 2021 are now behind the corner, from September 8th to 12th. At the start of a record-breaking European Championships, with over 1000 registered athletes and 39 nations represented, there will be some of the biggest names in cycling, from two-time Tour de France winner Tadej Pogacar, to Primoz Roglic, Remco Evenepoel, Peter Sagan, and Filippo Ganna, while Dutch Annemiek van Vleuten, Anna Van der Breggen, Marianne Vos, and Italy’s Elisa Longo Borghini and Marta Cavalli will be among the standout performers in the Elite Women’s race.

The European week in Trento will offer plenty of chances to talk cycling from different points of view, with a rich calendar of side events that will accompany the European Championships and entertain the city with stories and prestigious guests.

Among these, from Tuesday 7th to Sunday 12th September, in Piazza Cesare Battisti, the talk show “Viva la bici: dialoghi su due ruote (Long live the bike: talks about two wheels), anchored by journalist and writer Marco Pastonesi, together with actor and musician Massimo Lazzeri, will propose new ideas and discussions every day from 6pm to 8pm.

Many guests will be involved, from different worlds: sports authorities, such as UEC President Enrico Della Casa and Italian Cycling Federation President Cordiano Dagnoni, local authorities, such as Trentino’s Tourism and Sports Assessor Roberto Failoni, the Mayor of Trento Franco Ianeselli and the CEO of Trentino Marketing Maurizio Rossini. More protagonists will be economist Tito Boeri and former cycling stars such as Francesco Moser, Gilberto Simoni, Maurizio Fondriest and Filippo Pozzato.

There will be no shortage of journalists, top industry stakeholders and opinion leaders. The guests of the talk show will be: Vittorio Anastasia, Marco Balestracci, Alessandra Cappellotto, Sergio Chiesa, Mario Cionfoli, Beppe Conti, Michil Costa, Alessandro De Bertolini, Lorenzo Fabiano, Ezio Facchin, Alberto Faustini, Guido Foddis, Alan Marangoni, Davide Marta, Remo Mosna, Salvatore Panetta, Alessia Piccolo, Renzo Puliero, Paolo Romio, Andrea Satta, Marco Scarponi, Alessandra Schepisi, Antonella Stelitano and Flavio Tarolli.

Each evening there will be a focus on sports, people and territory, for a fascinating journey through the many facets of the cycling world.


Among the other side events, on Friday, September 10th the important topic of road safety for cyclists will be discussed with the debate “The road belongs to everyone, starting with the most fragile“.

The event promoted by the Michele Scarponi Foundation will be held at Palazzo Geremia, in Trento, starting at 9 pm: the debate will be attended by authorities and two-wheel champions, who will bring their contributions on a very sensitive issue on the agenda, that of road safety for bikes.

The Scarponi Foundation was set up precisely to raise awareness about this issue, following the accident in April 2017 in which the Italian athlete passed away. Just two days earlier, in Trento’s Piazza Duomo, Michele had finished the last race of his career, the Tour of the Alps, where he achieved an unforgettable success on the finish line in Innsbruck.