If you say ” trust” think about the Galbani (at least until the scandal of 2008 …); if you say “just say the word,” think of Falqui; if you say “against the weary of modern life,” you think of Cynare so, so many commercial slogans of this type are many, if you think cross you think at Campaccio. Yes, because now the race of San Giorgio on Legnano, included in full right in ‘exclusive international circuit Perm, with its long and glorious history, has become synonymous with cross.
On January 6, 2011, “Campaccio” will celebrate its 54 years of life. Let’s say the truth: in order of time there are few. Yet, if we look at him in the face, we will notice that there is not even a wrinkle, or rather fresh; how the look is alive and penetrating, the agile and snapping muscles, the slim and elastic tendons. And if we talk to him, we will have to be amazed at hearing a voice so clear, so bold, so juvenile, proud to tell the thousand magnificent stories of his life, but above all to illustrate his present and project into the future (the Society is a candidate for organizing a Cross World Cup). The “Campaccio”, in short, its years could not bring them better and indeed it is more alive than ever.
If in Italy the 1960s was an economic miracle that, however, at some point has ended, even that of San Giorgio is a kind of miracle, but this is a miracle that is being renewed year after year, from 54 years (a little, in short, without wanting to be blasphemous, like the miracle of San Gennaro in Naples …).
It is wonder how they do – if not doing miracles – precisely the organizers of San Giorgio – a small center of about six thousand inhabitants just over twenty kilometers from Milan – to set up a cross every year. Yes, yes, there is someone here and there for Europe for the environment (parks, hills) and financial resources (sponsors, administrations, federations) even better. But the story, the charm of the “Campaccio” – if not the “Cinque Mulini” adjoining – who has it?
In its name, its meaning and its program. The first cross – born especially in the Anglo – Saxon countries between the ‘800 and the’ 900 (a more complete etymology calls them cross country, ie through the countryside) – they were held on completely natural grounds, as God had done them . So they were among the most adventurous environmental problems: to jump, trunks to climb up, climb up between stones, mud, holes, rain, fog, snow, ice, cold. Grounds like camps, like disaster fields. And so it was that Sangiorgese advisers – a polisportiva that rocks in 1908 – one evening at the end of ’56, in pure rivalry with the contiguous San Vittore Olona where from 1933 already held the famous “Cinque Mulini”, decided to equip the country with its own cross with the ‘