As the name suggests – with a play on words mixing the Italian ‘marcialonga’, a type of long-distance race, and ‘magnare’, which is slang for “eating” – the Magnalonga is a cycling and gastronomic event held in Rome. It makes for a day of fun and cheerful activities for anyone interested in bicycles and great typical Italian food!
Now ready for its sixth edition (May 17, 2014), the Magnalonga makes you feel like cyclists have a special place in the heart of a huge city like Rome, encouraging people to try leaving their car in the garage, and ride on two wheels instead.
The colorfully-clad urban cyclists participating in the event have a special motivation to pedal: food is offered throughout the itinerary – with a range of typical, local products donated by various companies – ending with a final dinner, where they stop to eat, sing and have a good time together.
As French writer Didier Tronchet explained in his “Petit Traité de Vélosophie”, “none of our small daily sufferings can resist a good push on the pedal. Sadness, melancholy… we get on our bikes and from the first strokes we are feel like a veil is being pierced”.