While the excitement and the emotions of the Giro d’Italia keep bike enthusiasts dreaming nationwide, it’s time to shape up for the upcoming Gran Fondo Giro d’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 campuses, 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 d’Italia is proud to be partnering with the Los Angeles County Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, serving the local communities. Seventy-five percent of the Affiliate’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. Komen’s national grants program which funds groundbreaking breast cancer research and education initiatives around the world.
Don’t miss the upcoming Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia Pasadena! Registration package includes: a bottle of superb wine Nero d’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 d’Italia and Limar sunglasses!
Visit www.gfgiro.com for more information.