“Gran Fondo” means “Big Ride” in Italian
Gran Fondos are long distance, mass-participation cycling events – not races – that are immensely popular in Italy. Participation is open to recreational and competitive amateur cyclists, and tens of thousands of riders of all abilities participate.
Gran Fondos are often named after famous cyclists of the past, or after companies with a long heritage in cycling. Some of the most famous Gran Fondos include the Prosecco Cycling Classic, the Nove Colli and the Felice Gimondi.
All Abilities Welcome
Some cyclists enter for the challenge and satisfaction of making it to the finish line; others want to push themselves and their friends; and some ride to win!
Regardless, every Gran Fondo USA event is an unforgettable cycling experience!
America’s First Gran Fondo Series
Now this exciting cycling tradition has come to America. With its four events in 2011, Gran Fondo USA is producing America’s first Gran Fondo series.
Every participant in a Gran Fondo USA event wears a timing chip. This ensures that cyclists complete the entire course, and allows the event to score athletes over the toughest climb and award King & Queen of the Mountains prizes in every age group.
Just like in Italy, every Gran Fondo USA event includes challenging routes, fantastic giveaways, a consumer expo, well-stocked aid stations, mobile tech support and a fun post-race party.
Thank you Sean Mulhall for hookin' us up with this event!