Corsa Rosa Pink Tour/Giro d’Italia
39“But the Giro is so long…so I must continue to believe in good results for me and also for our compact team.” Enrico Gasparotto, Italian National Champion, Maglia Rosa fashionista
In a letter to Romans, one 40apostle called unbelief the most spiritual of all vices. The Giro, like the other events in the trinity of Grand Tours, requires unshakeable confidence to sustain its twenty-one fiery tests of faith.
In catholic imagery, pink marks the halfway point of penance on the road to eternal happiness. The race for Maglia Rosa is one of the purest tests of cycling greatness and perhaps a sort of penitential sacrifice is necessary to endure it. Certainly it requires many days of preparation for its many days of tribulation before offering redemption and reward.
These tribulations provide historical moments – epic snow pilgrimages, teams eager to prove their worthiness for the French Alpes by dominating the Dolomites, and near sainthood status for the time trialists. These dramas of superlative racing action and amiable pageantry also have theatrical pauses, such as raids on stores for free soda water by domestiques or the peloton stopping for delicate cakes as a memorial to a special campagnolo. We look forward to seeing and believing.
Prayer for Giro d’Italia
“Everyone here in Italy wants to be remembered to you. Grace be with you, every one.” 41Hebrews 13:24-25
We are thankful for this colossal opportunity to witness the best at their best. We pray for the faithfulness of participants. Bless Giro d’Italia.
Ponder Am I penitent for lack of faith as seen in half-hearted action and disbelieving decisions? Affirm I accept grace to believe. Watch faith always rewarded and the faithful redeemed despite past deeds.
39“May 11: Overcoming Obstacles,” diary entry by Enrico Gasparotto for 2008 Giro d’Italia www.cyclingnews.com
40Apostle Paul wrote to the Romans, and this letter is canonized in the New Testament as one of the great epistles on faith. He later served time in house arrest in Rome. Using time wisely in his Roman penitentiary, Paul eagerly greeted and wrote to the faithful, willing to suffer anything to model belief.
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