Vittoria has just started the construction of the Vittoria Park, an all-discipline cycling experience, innovation centre and knowledge hub for bicycle tyre development.
The Italian bicycle tyre manufacturer said it is building this park surrounding its headquarters to foster innovation in the development of bicycle tyres.
Vanessa ten Hoff, chief innovation officer at Vittoria Group, said: “We can’t wait to open our doors to everyone passioned and curious about cycling to discover their Ride Ahead at the Vittoria Park and I am incredibly excited to bring to life an innovative way of working and approach to tyre development in our new Italian Bicycle Tyre Innovation Center.”
Vittoria Park is situated close to Milan, Italy, with more than 4km of tracks including different road and gravel surfaces, a replica of Strade Bianche gravel, a Paris-Roubaix cobblestone section, mountain bike features like stone gardens, roots and rock sections, drop-offs, a 380 m jump line with banked corners, as well as a pump track which fits all UCI standards to host qualifier events, a jump training airbag and a skills-and-tricks area.
All tracks come with at least three levels of difficulty from beginner to professional to offer a safe and controlled yet challenging environment for every cyclist.
Vittoria Park will also host the new Bicycle Tyre Innovation Center with high-tech testing facilities that will combine internal and external testing. The included Cycling Knowledge Hub, a co-working space for open innovation with start-ups, university programmes and cycling related projects will “bring tyre development to the next level”.
Paolo Gambarini, founder and CEO of Wise Equity, majority shareholder of Vittoria Group, added: “We are very proud and enthusiastic to invest through the Vittoria Park in the future and innovation in the cycling industry here in Italy.”