She is tired, and after a chat with the porter she decides to bring her big red Guzzi bike into the bicycle repair shop that she manages for about twenty years. But the bike doesn't want to start and Alfonsina vehemently insists on the starter pedal, before collapsing due to a heart attack. Rescued immediately, she is taken to the hospital, but it’s too late. Alfonsina dies this way, at the age of 68 and embraced by a handlebar. As she has always lived.
The life-long passion of Alfonsina Strada
The two newlyweds then move to Milan, where Alfonsina begins to train regularly under the guidance of her husband and achieves her first successes.
But the beauty is yet to come. Three years later, in the middle of the Great War, Alfonsina presented herself to the editorial staff of the Gazzetta dello Sport and asked to participate in the Tour of Lombardy. No rules prevented her from doing so and so the patron of the race was forced to accept the registration: it was the first time that the young athlete found herself challenging male opponents.
A woman for the Giro d'Italia
The objective of Alfonsina is however another: the Giro d'Italia.
Alfonsina regularly completes the first four, but collapses to the fifth, the L'Aquila-Perugia, where rain and wind fall on a path already fraught with enormous difficulties due to the impracticability of the roads. Alfonsina arrives out of time and is put out of the race, but the public, now, is fond of this exceptional woman who, therefore, is readmitted to the race, and is among the 30 runners (of the 90 parties) to bring it to a conclusion.