Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences will give cycling enthusiasts a taste of what they can expect when the 2016 Giro d’Italia hits Apeldoorn on 6 May by pre-hosting the 'Giro Fiets Campus' (Fiets is Bycyle in Dutch) on 12 March at its Spoorstraat 23 location in Apeldoorn.
The Giro d’Italia is one of the biggest cycling races in the world and draws more than 800 million viewers from 175 countries every year. The province of Gelderland plays host to the first three stages of the races in Apeldoorn, Arnhem and Nijmegen on 6, 7 and 8 May respectively.
The Giro Cycle Campus will take place between 13:00 – 16:00 at Spoorstraat 23. Wittenborg has secured some top-notch speakers for the afternoon. One is Dr Gary Brickley who coaches Britain’s Paralympic Cycle Team, as well as Remy de Wit, head coach of the Dutch Women Basketball Team.
At the Paralympic Games in 2008 Brickley’s team won 8 gold and 1 silver medal. At the invitation of Wittenborg he will talk about the preparation needed to win paralympic gold in cycling. Brickley is also a senior lecturer at School of Service Management and Sport part of the University of Brighton, Wittenborg’s main education partner.
De Wit in turn will provide insight on what can be learned from successful athletes. He will give a glimpse of an athlete’s life, the difficult decisions they sometimes face and what others can learn from that.
During the Giro Fiets Campus lectures will be alternated with practical workshops and experiments. Local businesses will present products associated with cycling or Italy – like pizza! There will also be an opportunity to try out a variety of bikes or try on cycling gear. Visitors will get a free taste of a pink pizza, freshly baked in a traditional wood oven.
The aim of the Giro Fiets Campus is to share scientific knowledge about cycling as a sport, the economics by which it is run and well-being in general. Of course, it also wants to make residents of the Gelderland excited about the start of the Giro d’Italia in their own region.
The management of Wittenborg said it is delighted to be part of promoting the kick-off of the Giro d’Italia in Apeldoorn which will garner international attention for the city, and hopes it will give an excellent start to its new joint programmes in sport.
The Spoorstraat building, which was opened last year, provides an education centre for the master's degree programmes offered jointly with the University of Brighton. Wittenborg offers master's programmes in Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management – and in September 2016 will launch a Master of Science in Sports Business Management, as well as a Bachelor's IBA in Sport Business.
The Giro Fiets Campus is held in cooperation with Wittenborg, Radboud University and the Hogeschool Arnhem Nijmegen (HAN). Its first edition will be held this weekend, 5 March, in Zuthpen with another on 19 March at dok Zuid in Apeldoorn.
More information on the Giro d’Italia can be found here.
by Anesca Smith