Saturday, April 12, 2014
What Is Gran Fondo?
Gran Fondo (“Great Endurance”) is a mass-participation riding event that is originating in Europe and quickly gaining 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 Specialized Gran Fondo Sea Otter Classic welcomes riders of all capabilities to register for either of the road routes. Children ages twelve and up are 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.
All Gran Fondo participants receive a Sea Otter Classic Four-Day Festival Pass, providing access to the world’s largest consumer bike exposition. One-Day and Four-Day Festival Passes may be purchased by family or friends at the event.
All Gran Fondo participants are provided with the following:
Savor the Ride
The two Gran Fondo routes (Carmel Valley, and Coastal) are intended to be enjoyed with family, or with friends--whether they are old pals or friends newly made on this ride. Have fun in the company of others, surrounded by beautiful vistas of Monterey County 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, the Gran Fondo routes will be timed from start to finish, pitting you only against the elements and the clock.
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