Big Bicycling Race Coming to Albemarle Co.

Sept. 6, 2013

The inaugural Gran Fondo Virginia bicycling race is scheduled to take place this Sunday, Sept. 8.

The race will start and end at Walnut Creek Park, just south of Charlottesville. There will be three courses for cyclist to choose from: the reasonably flat 22-mile Piccolo Fondo, the hilly 52-mile Medio Fondo and the challenging 104-mile Gran Fondo.

A gran fondo – literally translated as “big endurance” from Italian - is popular cycling event format in Europe that can include up to 10,000 riders . Often described as “marathons for bikes”, gran fondos feature three or more challenging and scenic courses to suit everyone from beginners to professional cyclists.

“We’re committed to the format of the gran fondo because it’s inclusive and welcoming. The novice cyclist will line up with professional riders, very much like the ‘weekend warriors’ line up with the world’s elite at the New York Marathon,” says Matthew Butterman of event organizer SportVista, LLC. “Our mission is to bring world-class cycling events to the communities and causes we serve, and we’re very excited to build one right here in our hometown.”

Proceeds from the Gran Fondo Virginia will support local charity Better World Betty.

Registration and further information is available at the link below.

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