Saturday, April 12, 2014
What Is Gran Fondo?
Gran Fondo (“Great Endurance”) is a mass-participation riding event that originated in Europe and is enjoying increasing popularity in North America. Known in France as cyclosportifs, the Gran Fondo was introduced at Sea Otter in 2010, the first year for Gran Fondo events in the USA.
A Gran Fondo is a cycling event, not a race. The Sea Otter Gran Fondo MTB welcomes riders of all capabilities to register for the mountain bike route. Children ages twelve and up are also welcome when accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.
Gran Fondos lie somewhere between a charity ride or tour and an actual bicycle race. For some cyclists, it’s an achievement just to cross the Gran Fondo finish line, while others enjoy lighthearted competition with friends during this long ride.
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 Classic, the Nove Colli, and the Felice Gimondi.
Savor the Ride
The Mountain Bike Gran Fondo is intended to be enjoyed with family, or with friends– whether they’re old pals or friends newly made on the ride. Have fun in the company of others, surrounded by beautiful vistas of the Fort Ord National Monument, and take time for the refreshment that awaits you at each rest stop.
Although this is a ride, not a race, there will surely be riders who desire a challenge! For their benefit, all three Gran Fondo rides will be timed from start to finish, pitting you only against the elements and the clock.
The mountain bike route provides scheduled refueling and hydration stations with two refueling spots along the way.