If you ever find yourself suffering through a gran fondo blame the Italians, out loud like me with spicy Italian phrases - Che diavola! Merda! Porca miseria! - since they invented big mass participation timed rides.
The Mid-Atlantic U.S. has a Spring Classic Series organized by Kermesse Sport. It’s a series of four events that emulate both the cobbled and Ardennes Classics of Northern Europe. The Fools Classic, Kermesse Sport’s original ride founded 13 years ago, is the series’ La Doyenne, even though it more closely resembles the Ronde Van Vlaanderen than it does LBL.
PEZ recently sat down with former WorldTour rider Frank Schleck at the Haute Route Ventoux in France for an interesting conversation about gran fondos, racing and more. With 13 years in the Pro peloton and palmarès including overall victories at Amstel Gold, Tour de Suisse and third place at the Tour de France, plus an incredible stage win on Alpe d'Huez, he’s the real deal.
UCI Grand Fondo: I’m on the start line at the World Championships, trying to stay calm, play it cool, but goose bumps on my arms and rabbit’s foot tucked in my jersey probably give me away. In a multicolored sea of national team jerseys, I’m wearing the stars and stripes, it’s pretty awesome – and unnerving.
TOP RIDE: I'm still basking in the afterglow of the 2016 RBC Gran Fondo Whistler - a big goal accomplished in better form than I'd expected. And after weeks of prep, and all the logistics of coordinating the family for the weekend, and over 5 hours on my bike, it all went by a little too fast.
“Eighteen and a half kilometers to enter the myth,” reported RCS Sport, describing this year’s return of the Gran Fondo La Marmotte–Sestriere–Colle delle Finistre cyclo sportive ride on July 24th, the second edition. Over 1,000 riders set out and PEZ talked to two of them for a riders' perspective on a Top Ride.
The Oregon Gran Fondo Triple Crown series showed off some great rides in spectacular settings this summer. Event #2 was the Willamette Gran Fondo, and Josh Liberles discovered that regardless of pre-race declarations, sometimes you just gotta race it...
Gorge Roubaix returned for its third running at the end of March, 2015, as racers and gravel grinders alike amassed in The Dalles, Oregon – a small, 15,000-person city nestled in the Columbia River Gorge at the end of the Oregon Trail, 85 miles due east of Portland and 36 miles north of Mt Hood.
TRAVEL: Looking forward to, and training for a gran fondo is the ideal incentive to cap your season with your best fitness, and enjoy the reward of a great ride in a tropical location when the days turn cold back home. The GFNY Cozumel fits the bill perfectly...