La Matta is a ride with vintage bicycles through the streets of the Itria Valley, riding bikes with cage pedals, brake wires external to the handlebars, with gearshift levers on the frame, wearing vintage wool sweaters high-necked, original or reproduced by skilled craftsmen. These enthusiasts certainly struggle much more than those who whiz on the most modern models, but it is an effort that gives priceless satisfaction.
Not being competitive, La Matta therefore allows you to stop and fully enjoy the Itria Valley, breathtaking scenery and unspoiled nature.
La Matta traditionally takes place on the first Saturday of June, when in Puglia the climate is almost summer and the scents that come from the woods and fields fill not only the lungs of the Fools but also their hearts, leaving an indelible memory pedal after pedal. . There are two routes at the moment. One short of 35km and one long of 75km.
The start is at 13.00 and it is the only historical cyclist starting in the afternoon. We want you to appreciate the Apulian landscape with the sunset lights and the warm scents of our land. The banner of the Departure is in the ancient village of the town of Noci, the first to start is the Lungo and after a few minutes the Corto.
The cobbled streets will already divide the participants, both groups will leave the urban center behind and immerse themselves in the countryside of the Itria Valley. The Lungo group in the direction of Martina Franca, on the streets of the “via vecchia”, while the Corto will pedal carefree to reach Alberobello, the City of Trulli and Unesco World Heritage Site famous all over the world.
Here the Corto will make its first refreshment point in Largo Martellotta, a quick buffet and then visit the trulli area and resume the march to return to Noci. They are about 35km with gentle bumps and no special training is needed!
Those of the “long” set out in pursuit of Martina Franca, to cross it for the first time before reaching Contrada Figazzano, in Cisternino, also listed in the most beautiful villages in Italy. Here the long-awaited stretch of white road that you cycle along the ancient Apulian Aqueduct, 11km of white dirt road. We are already halfway through our long tour and here the turning point to return to the baroque village of Martina Franca for refreshment in Piazza XX Settembre.
The sweet recovery will not be on the pedals, but we will cross the ancient village on foot, to fully admire the architectural wonders of the ancient village with the sumptuous noble palaces.
The sun begins to set and dye the sky with orange shades, from a distance we will see the village of Locorotondo appear in all its splendor. R.also known as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. One of the most important climbs is the one that leads to the Belvedere where all the efforts will be rewarded with “that dip in the Itria Valley” that Locorotondo gives us by descending along its white balcony on the Murgia dei Trulli.
Alberobello awaits the passage of the Lungo, which will cross it in Largo Martellotta, among the Chianche limestone of the Unesco Heritage trulli.
But when all seems to be coming to an end, with almost 70km in the legs, the Lungo will find one of the last climbs ahead, the one that leads to the Church of Barsento, an ancient medieval church located on the hill between Alberobello and Noci. Here the last refreshment with fresh fruit and water and off for the last time towards the finish line in the center of Noci. The curious looks of the children, the applause of the adults and the swing notes of the party at the La Matta Village … the effort was felt, but was it worth it?
The route is about 75km with 900mt of total altitude difference, where a little training is recommended!
In the annals
workshop and restorations
Vito Luciano Nardulli
Vintage Noci Cycle President
Creator of “La Matta”
Giulio de Tintis
“In the evening, when I go to bed, I always try to make myself remember what I dream. Punctually the morning after my failure, I don’t even remember sleeping. That’s how I decided to daydream, pedaling and breathing my earth. Falling in love with all this and trying to convey our DREAM “
Vice President of the Vintage Noci Cycle
Creator of “La Matta”
Communication and Marketing
Nicola Ivan Bruno
Lawyer – cyclist with a poetic streak.
Always ready to advise the right direction to follow in the endless roads of bureaucracy.
Apparently a distinct person but who hides his Peter Pan-tani well as soon as he gets on his Colnago.
Vintage Noci Cycle Secretary
Administrative Area Manager
Having graduated as an accountant, he works in the family moving company, who better than him can take care of accounting and at the same time coordinate all the logistics work? NOBODY
It’s just like in the photo, always kind and smiling with everyone … and how not to be with a wife who bakes sweets at all hours !?
Vintage Noci Cycle Treasurer
Logistics Area Manager
Born in 1971, he reinvents himself as a cyclist after many years of handball behind him. Tireless worker together with his brother in their marble company, a caring father and an exceptional life partner.
His determination and his sincere friendship is our winning weapon.
Vintage Noci Cycle Advisor