Published : Thursday, May 16, 2013 | 4:37 PM
While the excitement and the emotions of the Giro dâ€™Italia keep bike enthusiasts dreaming nationwide (and beyond!), itâ€™s time to shape up for the upcoming Gran Fondo Giro dâ€™Italia, a mass pedal fest to be held on Sunday, June 2 in Pasadena!
Get ready to roll and go: breathtaking views of the San Gabriel Valley are just the beginning, pedaling through cycling friendly towns like Claremont, Monrovia and Temple City, and wonderful reserves. Of the three courses offered (25, 68 and 94 miles with a maximum of 5134 vertical gain and 7.7 % max grade), some will be along the historic Route 66. Depending on the course you choose, the ride goes through the campus of Scripps and Pomona Colleges, past the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens, and through some of the most beautiful communities in Eastern LA County. A destination of its own, Pasadena is a renowned bike-oriented city of sophisticated charm. Other cities included are: Arcadia-home of Santa Anita Park of Sea Biscuit fame, Azusa and Glendora-foothill communities in the San Gabriel mountains, La Verne-and a thigh-burning climb, Claremont-with its beautiful estates, Covina, San Dimas and the great regional Bonelli Park. Riders will also experience the alluring communities of Baldwin Park, Sierra Madre, Duarte, Irwindale, Pomona, El Monte, and San Marino. Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia Los Angeles – Pasadena offers a fairly urban experience and a great opportunity to ride the distance, getting the full flavor of a Giro d’Italia event.
After so many delightful sights, here comes the prize for the aching legs: Top Chef contestant Alex Eusebio will arrange an epicurean buffet which will include an assortment of pasta with distinctive flavors of different parts of Italy (farfalle al pesto from the Northern region of Liguria, Lasagna alla Toscana from the center, and Rigatoni alla Siciliana from the South), plus designer Panini, complemented by fresh salads. Uhm, che buono! The renewed Expo will offer enhanced Italian flair, offering the opportunity to indulge with genuine Italian gourmet tasting, authentic espresso, Italian soda and so much more!
Gran Fondo Giro dâ€™Italia is proud to be partnering with the Los Angeles County Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the CureÂ®, serving the local communities. Seventy-five percent of the Affiliateâ€™s net income funds grants to local hospitals and community health organizations serving the uninsured and underinsured women in Los Angeles County. The remaining 25 percent supports Susan G. Komenâ€™s national grants program which funds groundbreaking breast cancer research and education initiatives around the world.
Donâ€™t miss the upcoming Gran Fondo Giro dâ€™Italia Pasadena! Registration package includes: a bottle of superb wine Nero dâ€™Avola (Feudo Aranci), a CamelBack canteen, and a goodie bag with Italian exclusive products. Register by May 25 and enter to win a Bianchi Impulso Ultegra, Limar helmets Gran Fondo Giro dâ€™Italia and Limar sunglasses!
To register and to get lodging information visit www.gfgiro.com
About the Organizers
Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia is a worldwide series organized by RCS Sport, owner of high-quality sporting events including the Giro dâ€™Italia, Milano â€“ Sanremo, Il Lombardia (ex Giro di Lombardia), Tirreno â€“ Adriatico, Strade Bianche by Limar (White Roads); the Milano City Marathon; advisor to the national Soccer Team, and to the Inter Football Club; advisor of the Basketball Italian federation and organizer of major events of the Lega Basket â€œSerie Aâ€; in collaboration with the SDA Bocconi School of Management, RCS is also organizer of the Sport Business Academy. The Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia aims to connect cycling fans to the mystique of the Giro, hence growing the appreciation of Giro d’Italia in the world.
The event is under the auspices of The Italian Consulate General of New York, Los Angeles, and Miami and part of a special celebration of the Italian Culture in the U.S.
About the Los Angeles County Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the CureÂ®
The Los Angeles County Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure is dedicated to saving lives and ending breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures. To date, The Affiliate has raised over $9.2 million for community-based grants to local LA County health organizations. Through these grants, Komen LA County provides crucial funding for breast cancer diagnostic services, educational programs, patient navigation, and psychosocial support. Thanks to its many dedicated donors, corporate partners and volunteers, Komen LA County is playing a vital role in fighting breast cancer in the community.