All new site for Alka

Alka welcomes you on our new web platform: renewed both in content and graphics. By browsing the site you can find detailed information (fabrics, finishes and sizes) on our lines for customized clothing for cycling and for post-race. Ample space it is given to the ultra-technological fabrics and the pads that are used to produce our garments.The online catalog of running and triathlon products will soon be available as a guided tour to design your own custom cycling clothing.

Come back soon to find out all the news available on the new website.

Expobici 2014 successfully completed

The Expobici Padova 2014 edition concludes with great success. Alka, at its second participation, wishes to thank all those who participated: from our staff to our suppliers but mainly all the teams and retailers who came to visit us at the our stand It is a pride for us to have personally experienced your interest in the 2015 collection and to note how our commitments for the technical development of products such as the Performance line, in fabric that “deceives the wind”, have been appreciated and the Second Skin line in a special highly breathable fabric.Each fair is an opportunity for us to grow and, comparing ourselves with the world of technical cycling clothing, allows us to improve both technically and commercially with the aim of always giving you a better product and more performing, thanking everyone again for participating, we hope to see you again in the 2015 edition.

Alka and Team Serravalle Two Wheels Scott BP Services: winning combination

Alka, technical sponsor of Team Serravalle Due Ruote Scott BP Services, is pleased to announce the victory of Daniela Passalacqua at the Granfondo of the Giro delle Valli Monregalesi. On Sunday May 31st, the Sarzanese athlete brought a new prestigious laurel to the Team’s bulletin board winning the Piedmontese test track, 150 kilometers long and with an altitude difference of 2800 meters, which foresaw the ascent to the 1,607 meters of Prato Nevoso in the final, with one of the legendary climbs of cycling: the Colle del Prel which saw the protagonists challenge each other great champions of modern cycling, such as Pavel Tonkov, Stefano Garzelli and Simon Gerrans.

Alka and all her staff are pleased to have contributed to the success of the race and invites everyone to continue to follow the next sporting event of Team Serravalle Two Wheelers Scott BP Services: the Marcialonga Cycling Craft, which will take place on Sunday 14 June in Predazzo ( Tn).

Alka Sport alongside the Terminillo Marathon 2018

Alka will support the fourth edition of the Terminillo Marathon, the 2018 edition will be held on Sunday 3 June.

The Terminillo Marathon is a competition that makes of the link with the territory that surrounds it the real strong point as shown by the previous editions with a view to promoting sports and tourism of one of the most famous ski resorts in Central Italy.

Facing the competition with a custom Alka uniform will be less harsh thanks to the use of technologically advanced and performing materials with which they are made!

I passi storici del giro d'italia

Historical passes of the Giro d’italia

The historical passes of the Giro d’Italia: the steepest paths, the unforgettable feats

This year the Giro d’Italia, which begins at the unprecedented and controversial start of Jerusalem, will cover the highest point in the nineteenth fraction, on the Colle delle Finestre (Window Hill), which is referred to as Cima Coppi of this edition. This is a long and difficult climb between the Val di Susa and Val Chisone, which has already proved itself as a feat for the racers in the 2005 Giro, with the winner Paolo Savoldelli who managed to defend the pink jersey from the attacks of adversaries better prepared for high slopes, all with his tenacity and intelligence.

This climb is relatively young in the Giro, and was chosen on three different occasions since 2000, but the big climbs have always made the history of the pink race. The historic Alpine passes have for decades been in the imagination of sports enthusiasts. Passes such as the Stelvio, the Gavia and the Pordoi have been the theater of the greatest feats of international champions and have always heated the interest of many fans, always ready to emulate them.

The passes of the Giro are not only spectacular frames for the professionls, but also tracks accessible to all the enthusiasts willing to put themselves to the test following the footsteps of their heroes.

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The debut of the Dolomites

The great Dolomite passes became decisive already at the end of the 30s, while in the 40s they became the privileged stages for the famous battles between Bartali and Coppi. In 1937 the first real Dolomite stop was created, where Bartali built his victory on the Rolle pass and on the Costalunga. Ten years later, in 1947, Coppi will be on the same mountains, on the Falzarego and on the Pordoi, ready to take his pink jersey with a great feat in the last stop. “L’Airone” (the Heron), who had already won the Giro in 1940 when still very young, starting as Bartali’s gregarious, finds here his consecration, succeeding in overtaking the great adversary and recovering the delay accused in the previous stage due to a crisis on the Mauria pass.

Lo Stelvio

In 1953 comes the Queen Mountain, the Pass of Stelvio, that with its 2758 m of height has been “Coppi’s Peak” in all the editions when selected for the race. On this occasion, the great champion became protagonist as he won his fifth and last Giro. It happened that the victory seemed destined to the opponent, the Swiss Hugo Koblet, who had resisted all the attacks of the Italian rider in the previous stages. Left for show was the penultimate part of the Tour, of just 125 km, but the vigor of Coppi’s attack on the new Stelvio ramps defeated Koblet. The Swiss, trying to catch up, fell twice downhill, leaving the victory to Coppi and eventually abandoned the jersey.

In 1975 the Stelvio is an incredibile point of arrival of the Giro, and it was the setting for a captivating head-to-head between race leader Fausto Bertoglio and Spaniard Francisco Galdós, who followed him in the rankings at just 40 seconds. Galdós managed to precede the opponent on arrival, but not enough to tear off his pink jersey.

Located in the Rhaetian Alps, the Stelvio connects Lombardy and Trentino, also reaching Switzerland, in the area of ​​the Ortles-Cevedale group. It is a long Alpine climb that reaches a considerable altitude and covers a large gradient. The slopes are of medium difficulty on all three sides. The Giro has faced the Altoatesino side more than once, starting from Prato allo Stelvio, which is also the most difficult of all. Here the ascent, which has 48 hairpin bends in the central section, is 26 km long, with an average slope of 7.7% and a maximum slope of 11%, for an overall height difference exceeding 1800 m. Shorter and with slightly lower slopes, the ascent on the Lombard side, often chosen by the organizers. Only in 2017, instead, the pink race went from the Swiss side, with the victory of the Spaniard Mikel Landa.

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The Gavia

The Gavia pass, which connects the Val Camonica and the Valtellina, is one of the great stops on which the most recent history of the Giro was built. With its 2618 m of height it is one of the highest alpine passes in Europe. The length, the medium-high slopes and the important height difference make it a very spectacular track since its first appearance in the Tour of Italy in 1960. The Brescian side has a more difficult climb than the Valtellina one. Starting from Ponte di Legno you go up for about 18 km, the average slope is 7.9%, the maximum reaches 12% for a drop of about 1380 m.

The prohibitive weather has often made it impossible to climb, but when it has, it has always been epic and unforgettable. This is the case of the fourteenth stop, Chiesa in Valmalenco-Bormio, of the 1988 Giro, when the Gavia was chosen for the second time. A snowstorm and very cold temperatures made the race a real elimination race. The Dutch Van der Velde on the run, covered only by his own cyclamen-pink shirt, had to stop on the track to avoid risking frostbite. The American Hampsten gained here the final victory of the Giro managing to keep the wheel of the winner Breukink up till the finishing line. The advantage accumulated on the pink jersey of Franco Chioccioli was in fact almost 5 minutes, yet the exhausted American rider had to be dragged on the podium, unable to stand up.

Il Mortirolo

With its 1852 meters of height, an average gradient of over 10%, maximum gradients of up to 18% and an elevation gain of around 1,300 m over 12.5 km in length, that towards Mortirolo, from the Valtellinese side, is considered by many the hardest climb in Europe. This narrow mountain road, which climbs between the provinces of Sondrio and Brescia, has been included in the Giro d’Italia since 1990. The race then passed through it many times but the most famous enterprise remains the one it saw , in 1994, the climber skills of a young Marco Pantani jumped into the eyes of the general public. The rider, who still wore the white and blue Carrera uniform, having already won the stage of the previous day, finally took the scene right on the Mortirolo leaving behind all the adversaries including the Spanish champion Miguel Indurain. The final victory of the stage was not enough to mortgage the lap record, won by the Russian Berzin. This first striking action on such a prestigious stage, however, brought to light the talent of the Romagna Champion who would have ignited the climbs of the Giro and the Tour in the following years, succeeding in completing the prestigious pair of trophies in 1998.

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The top of Mount Zoncolan

The most challenging peak of the 2018 tour is that of Mount Zoncolan. This cannot yet be called a historical peak but it has all the requirements to become one. From the west side, after the built-up area of ​​Ovaro, the road climbs 1,210 meters in altitude in only 10.5 km in length, with an average gradient of 11.6% and peaks over 20%. These characteristics allow the ascent towards the Zoncolan to contend with full rights with the Mortirolo and the Angliru the most difficult top title of Europe.

The “Kaiser”, so nicknamed for its grandeur and difficulty, has been included in the program of the Giro since 2003 and has immediately created considerable selection. The winner was Gigi Simoni who thus consolidated his ranking advantage and won the Pink Race of that year. The Trentino athlete won the Zoncolan stage also in 2007 when he was climbing for the first time from the Ovaro side.

Also in this edition the top of the Zoncolan promises to put the competitors to the end and ensure a great show for all the fans.

The four hardest Italian Granfondo

The four hardest Italian Granfondo

Every year we join the long-distance cyclosportives, which give the most passionate cyclists the right occasion to test their skill, training and competitiveness.

A long-distance race is first of all a challenge with oneself. You must be feral, merciless, push yourself to the limit, towards an unmatchable satisfaction.

Let’s discover then the four most ruthless sportives of Italy. Four races selected only for the best trained cyclists, those who fear not looking them right into the eyes in their whole imponence, clear and might ever since the first kilometer.

 

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1 – Sportful Dolomiti Race (Feltri BL)

 

Undoubtedly the queen of the Italian grandfondo when it comes to difficulty, 204 km long with 4900 m of altitude difference. These numbers make it one of the most difficult Grandfondo of Europe, comparable only to the French Marmotte and the Austrian Ötztaler of Sölden.

Sportful is instead an Italian beauty that brings tons of fans in places not yet spoilt by tourism. It starts from Feltre, small but pictoresque town near Belluno.

The race is hard and thought for those who take cycling as a personal challenge. Of all the demanding climbs, the apex is surely Manghen Pass, a 22km long climb with a 7.3% average slope and a maximum of 15%. Unforgettable of the race is also a great classic of cycling: Rolle Pass.

2 – La Campionissimo (Aprica)

The official name of this race is International Granfondo of Gavia and Mortirolo. These historic passes are in fact the main course of the whole path, 170 km long for 4200 m altitude difference.

For years this was also known as the Pantani race, as it is in fact on Mortirolo, where the Italian champion made a show of one of his great feats at the Giro d’Italia, where the race peaks in difficulty: 12 km with an average slope of 10% and maximum slopes of almost 20% that you gotta face with the Gavia prickling in your legs. This is a race you can’t take easily.

Preparation is indeed crucial to sustain the dramatic effort, but with it equally comes the satisfaction and the charm of the race.

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Marathon of the Dolomites (La Villa BZ)

 

Maybe the best known and most taped Granfondo, but never the least taxing. The race that starts from La Villa near Bozen is in fact, albeit the shortest, the one with the highest altitude difference: 4230m.

If you consider its 138km of length, you’ll see that the ratio between the distance and altitude makes it one of the hardest in europe. And in fact there are plenty of steep climbs, where you meet legendary passes like Sella, Pordoi and Giau.

The heat often joins the challenge, therefore it is fundamental to wear light breathable clothing and getting hydrated.

Despite the effort, cycling through the stunning Dolomites, especially along this path, conquers even the hardest and most focused heart.

4 – Stelvio Santini (Bormio)

Now at its 7th edition, the Granfondo Stelvio Santini is less known compared to the other three, but it did have people talk ever since its start. Its charm belongs to the finish line, at the top of one of the most important peaks of Italian cycling: The Stelvio mountain.

Climbing those roads has you live it through the eyes of a real legend of Italian sports, the heron Fausto Coppi, that here built his myth.

The finish is asphyxiating, with an ascent that truly feels never-ending. To face this race you surely need a meticulous training, as necessary for the most challenging Euroraces.

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