Friday, July 19, 2013

Jerusalem to Host Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia


A new, exciting adventure will be offered to bike enthusiasts from all over the world, as the Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia will premier in Jerusalem on Friday, October 11 for the very first Italian-themed cycling event. The organizers of Italy’s Giro d’Italia, the pinnacle of professional cycling, will bring the Italian passion for cycling with its energy and camaraderie to riders of all abilities with their signature format Gran Fondo.

Jerusalem, a city of renowned mystical allure, is a great location for an event that celebrates the best of cycling. There will be three courses to choose from (20 km, 85 km and 127 km), touring the history and archeology of Jerusalem: a long course of 127 km with 3,000 meters of vertical gain and a medium course of 85 km with 2,400 meters of vertical gain, both leading also to the mountains around the city, offering incredible vistas and challenges worthy of the Giro d’italia, including timed climbs (Gran Premio della Montagna or GPM) that are part of the experience, with awards given in each category. There will also be an urban 20 km route perfect for families, children and cyclists looking for a shorter route.

“We are very happy to have here in Jerusalem an event that is part of the international series Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia,” said Nir Barkat, Mayor of Jerusalem, adding “The Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia Jerusalem will be for sure a great success, because we have a great location and a great route to make international participants happy to be here. Jerusalem is a special place, and we will be supporting this special event to make it one of the flagship events of our city for years to come.” Lorenzo DeSalvo, RCS Head of Development added “We are proud and flattered by the great interest in Jerusalem and Israel about our Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia format. A heartfelt thank you to the Mayor, who made possible to structure this multi-year collaboration.”

Expect a fantastic road service and medical support, feed zones manned by cheerful volunteers, and wonderful celebrations. Don’t forget to take a picture with the original Giro’s Trophy “Senza Fine” and meet hundreds of new friends from around the world.

The story behind how Jerusalem became a host city for the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia is here.

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia events have been held this year in California (two events) and New York. After the edition in Jerusalem the following event will be in Miami/Coral Gables, Florida. 

Registrations and information can be found at www.granfondojerusalem.com or www.gfgiro.com

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