Monday, October 10, 2011

Gran Fondo USA’s Grand Finale in Miami

Get ready to ride in the first edition of Gran Fondo Colnago Miami, taking place Sunday, November 20, 2011 in Miami, the final destination of the Gran Fondo USA series for 2011.

“We extend a warm welcome to the first edition of the Gran Fondo USA in Miami, a destination well known in Italy and where Italian products are icons of design, elegance and technology” says Marco Rocca, Consul General of Italy in Miami. “This initiative is a wonderful opportunity to introduce, through a sporting event of great appeal, a superb Italian industry still to be fully discovered. Thanks to the organizers of Gran Fondo USA for including Miami in their American Series 2011.”

“The success of our events is based on adapting the ‘Made in Italy’ theme to the American cycling community,” says Gran Fondo founder Matteo Gerevini. “We choose metropolitan areas with a strong vocation to our sport and committed to becoming Bicycle-Friendly Cities.” Registrations are pouring from all over the world: Brazil, Canada, Porto Rico, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, UK, Singapore and 35 different states! The four events of Gran Fondo USA are now part of Star Events, a company based in Montecarlo with a portfolio of 30+ events worldwide in triathlon, cycling and running. The 2011 series also included Gran Fondos in San Diego, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia.

Sponsors include Colnago, Alitalia, FSA, Campagnolo, Fulcrum, Gaerne, Speedplay, Cuore Italiano, Villa Sandi, the Italian Consulate General in Miami, The Italian Trade Commission, The Italy America Chamber of Commerce of Southeast, GU Energy, Il Borro and Castiglion del Bosco wineries (owned by the Ferragamo family), Maxxis, Italy Bike Hotel, and Il Palagetto winery.

Riders will start in Coral Gables at 7:00 am and can choose to tackle one of three courses, riding first through urban Miami, rich in Spanish architecture, and then moving into agricultural and palm tree growing areas, catching memorable views of tropical flora. Cyclists will test their endurance and battle against wind, heat, and humidity. Rest stops, especially for the long course, are situated at some of South Florida's best known tourist locations: a beautiful historic estate, a beloved fruit stand, and one of the largest test gardens in the US. The last leg of the ride runs parallel to the water, as the courses heads again toward downtown Miami, before concluding in front of historic Miami City Hall, site of one of the world’s first air terminals, and featured in the new ABC television show “Pan Am.”

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