GranFondo, Italian cycling comes to NYC-2011

Here is a press release about an event next year bringing the fine traditions of Italian cycling to NYC.
6,000 people riding in a group? Uh-oh…the NYPD isn’t going to like that.

Gran Fondo New York brings Italian cycling culture to the world’s greatest city. The inaugural Gran Fondo New York is set to take place on May 8, 2011. The 105-mile professionally managed event will feature the excitement of starting in New York City, a timed climb to the top of Bear Mountain, beautiful scenery, charming towns and the camaraderie of group cycling.

Gran Fondo is a popular cycling event stemming from Italy. With a peloton of 500 to 10,000 participants, a Gran Fondo covers at least 100 miles and goes over challenging terrain. In France and the UK such events are known as cyclosportives.

The Gran Fondo New York course will take the 6,000 cyclists from New York City to New Jersey across the iconic George Washington Bridge with stunning views of Manhattan. Riders will follow the Hudson River upstream on Route 9W and nearby rural roads and after 50 miles, arrive at Harriman State Park. There, the five-mile climb up to the top of Bear Mountain will be chip-timed. Riders can measure themselves against New York’s finest cyclists, teammates and friends. After descending, the course will wind its way back to the city. Along the way, cyclists will enjoy well-stocked rest stops with New York-style bagels, pretzels and doughnuts, energy gels, water, soda and electrolyte drinks. Throughout the day, medical and mechanical support will circle the course for anyone in need of assistance.

The undulating terrain of the course will challenge participants’ strength and stamina. The event is a great opportunity for competitive as well as recreational cyclists, with each participant choosing their own speed at which to complete the event. While the climb to Bear Mountain is the featured timed section, there are other challenging climbs en route that will also be timed.

After the race, prizes will be awarded across age groups, teams and Lui+Lei (him&her) categories. Among the meal options will be New York-style pizza and hot dogs, pasta and cake. Throughout the awards ceremony, raffle prizes will be distributed. Included in the entry fee will also be a professionally designed cycling jersey and various gifts from the sponsors of the event.

“Our goal is to bring quintessential Italian cycling culture to the world’s greatest city. The combination of ‘Italianita’ and NYC will make Gran Fondo New York an event not to be missed,” says Lidia Rekas the event’s organizer.

Mark your calendars, registration opens on August 1, 2010.

For more information please email, call +1 212 933 4033 or check

8 comments to GranFondo, Italian cycling comes to NYC-2011



  • cercherò di non mancare a questa straordinaria granfondo, di sicuro una esperienza senza precedenti!!!

  • joseph ricciardi

    I did the Gran Fondo ride in Philadelphia and what an experience it was! The Ferrari sports cars as escorts was mind blowing and the ‘Festival’ at the end of the ride was like no other!!! Great food and great people…what more could you ask for. This was the best ride I have done…keep up the great work..can’t wait till may 2011…

  • BK10speed

    Isn’t May 8 Mothers day ? Would it be possible to have this on a different day ?

  • little orphan annie

    my mother’s dead – she won’t mind – i’m in!

  • AP

    I’m on it…esp I want to ride across NY with the “right way” for once! I have been checking the course and can only say…bring it on! Closer to Mortirolo then Stelvio! Can’t wait.

  • Its better getting drop by Pros better in this Event, lead a peloton of Grandpas

  • John

    I am currently registered, however cannot ride due to a medical issue.

    If you or someone you know has yet to register, I can transfer my registration before April 15.

    I’ll save them $100 off of normal registration.

    Contact me at