We have often been asked – why the name Proggio? If it is connected to projects, why not “Projjio” with a J?
The answer we usually give starts with a Mona-Lisa type smile – not because it’s a secret, nor are we trying to hide something….but because it’s a story. Are you ready to take a couple of minutes and read? Here we go. What’s in the name Proggio?
It all started more than 110 years ago…
In 1907, a local Italian journalist raised the idea of organizing a professional cycling race, Milan to San-Remo, 300km in a single day!
In April that same year, the first official edition of the ambitious Milan to San Remo race was held. Sixty riders registered. The inaugural bike race took place under extremely cold conditions, and was won by a Frenchman, Lucien Petit-Breton. He was one of only 14 riders to have survived the conditions and finish the race. The legend of the race continued to grow in the horrendous snowy conditions of 1910, where only four riders managed to complete the course. It was already clear back then that this race is built to challenge the toughest cyclists.
Over 110 years, a further 107 races have been held, with three years missing due to world wars. Today, it is considered to be one of the top-5 single day races in the world. It is known as “La Primavera” for being the first spring race. World champions, Olympic medalists, and Grand Tour winners have all featured in the race, and many did go on to win the race. Each year, the race produces another epic bike ride and creates a new winner that goes down into the history books of cycling.
A Small Hill – A Huge Challenge
Each year the race attracts around 200 top cyclists, representing 22 teams from all over the world. While the routes of other races usually involve famous climbs or stone roads, the 300km Milan to San-Remo route is well paved and relatively flat. The race has earned its prestigious place among cycling races due the length of the race and the 4 km climb over the final hill (“Poggio” in italian), which is just a few kilometers before the finish line – the “Poggio Di San-Remo.”
While this final hill is neither the longest or the steepest in cycling races, it is being climbed after riding more than 270Km in bad weather at a grueling pace. Climbing ahead of other riders requires extremely strong legs and is a huge test of endurance. Descending into San-Remo on the other side of the hill requires a fearless, single minded attitude that only cares about winning. If you manage to survive the technical descent with its windy roads, in very close proximity to other top cyclists, a 2 kilometer straight sprint to San-Remo awaits – the final test of physical and mental strength. The winner of the race becomes an instant legend and a true gladiator of the modern age.
Like Projects, It’s All About The Journey
For the amateur riders amongst us, the first 250 km’s of the Milan to San-Remo race may look slightly pointless; if ultimately, the race is decided over the final hill and last 2km sprint, why bother with the 7 hours of racing before that?
However, professional cycling teams taking part in the race know the truth. While the race may indeed be decided on the last hill, the journey starts from the very first kilometer. Each rider takes his turn to protect his teammates from wind and snow, shares his food and drinks, deals with technical problems, crashes and punctures – such a demanding and treacherous race cannot be won by a single cyclist! It is all about the team and its journey before and over the final hill.
When it comes to that last hill, “The Poggio” – all the planning, strategy, and tactics during the race finally comes to fruition, designed to place the leader in the best possible position to win the race. It’s all about the journey.
At Proggio, we were and continue to be inspired by the legendary Milan to San Remo race. We love the team work and team spirit involved, seeing the riders working together to overcome challenges, watching individuals pushing their own and each other’s limits to the full, and ultimately, the victory.
We wanted to take those values and connect the two, so we took the word “Projects” and combined it with the name “Poggio” – and we came up with the name Proggio.
We started our own journey some time ago, from traditional project management solutions that we found to be inefficient, to a modern, sophisticated solution for 2018 and beyond which provides clarity, drives momentum, helps keep the team focused and is above all designed for teams to succeed ahead of the last project “hill” – whatever it will be.
For us, project experts and passionate entrepreneurs, it isn’t just a company name. It’s a journey. Join us by signing up into Proggio, and… enjoy the ride!
Picture credit: RCS Sport @ANSA