Crotone Manager Davide Nicola Completes Bike Ride Across Italy

CROTONE, CALABRIA, ITALY - 2018/06/09: Davide Nicola, coach of FC Crotone Calcio, on a bicycle trip to Turin. During the championship last year he had promised that if they were remained in Serie A he would go from Crotone to Turin on a bike. So it was and today Davide Nicola kept the promise starting for Torino on a bicycle. Davide Nicola will make this trip of 1300 kilometers even in memory of his son Alessandro who 3 years ago died in a road accident, invested by a bus while riding a bicycle. Alessandro was 14 years old. The father will make this trip from Crotone to Turin for greater safety on the roads. (Photo by Antonino D'Urso/KONTROLAB /LightRocket via Getty Images)

Two months ago, things didn’t look good for Serie A club Crotone. The team was in danger of being relegated but did have enough matches to remain in the league. They got their first away win in April and manager Davide Nicola made a promise that if the team remained in the league, he would go on an 800-mile bike ride across Italy.

Crotone Stays In Serie A

Crotone, a team that earned promotion to Serie A for the first time in history in 2016, was sitting in the relegation zone in April. The season had not gone well for the team, with just 14 points in 29 matches. The promise was made with nine games to go in the league and Crotone finished the season with an impressive run, earning 20 points out of the 27 remaining. The team won six straight matches at one point before losing to Serie A Champions Juventus. The good results allowed the team to climb spots but they had to wait until the last day of the season to see if they would be relegated or not. Crotone finished in 17th place, two points ahead of relegation zone. The team had just nine wins but that was enough to keep them in Serie A for at least another season.

Bike Ride Across Italy

The manager then set off from Crotone on his bike and began making his journey across Italy. The ride was special not only because the team remained in the league but because three years ago, his son lost his life in a road accident while riding his bike. The manager completed the ride across the country in the town where the accident happened.

The club posted a picture on Facebook of the manager and a few others riding bikes with the team’s jersey. Nicola completed the 800-mile bike ride in nine days.

Crotone will compete in its second Serie A season later this year.