The Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia brings together the top organization level and production value of the Giro d’Italia with supreme expertise in organizing mass participation events to produce a true “Italian” Gran Fondo experience that participants will never forget.
In the coming years, this new format of Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia will be organized around the world, in iconic places.
Participants will experience the challenges and atmosphere typically reserved for professional races, in a fun “Italian style” environment that will allow the participants to challenge themselves and celebrate their accomplishments, while enjoying “La Dolce Vita”! Terrific courses, gourmet Italian Pasta Parties at the finish line, limited edition “Made in Italy” bike jersey to all the participants and some of the best Italian brands at the Expo: all this creates the Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia!
Each Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia will have a timed element, where there are hills, there will be a “Gran Premio della Montagna – GPM” competition (King/Queen of the Mountains). Prizes will be awarded in the different categories.
The Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia is being organized for the first time in 2012, in the great destinations of:
• July 22nd: Los Angeles-Pasadena
• November 11th: Miami-Coral Gables
Several thousand participants are expected at each event.
Annually, starting in May 2013, in Italy, during the Giro d’Italia, the “Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia” will be organized to give amateur cyclists the opportunity to challenge themselves on a course identical to one of the spectacular stages of the Giro professional race, giving participants a true taste of the life of a professional cyclist, while being able to ride at their own pace.
Riders will choose between three challenging courses:
Short Course: 24,9 miles, 2,358’ of vertical gain
Medium Course: 66,9 miles, 8,707’ of vertical gain
Long Course*: 92,8 miles, 12,527’ of vertical gain
*This course is suggested for experienced riders in good physical condition
The “Winner” of the Long Course: Neil Shirley (Road Bike/Action Magazine)
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