On its third edition, Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York is a 100-mile cycling challenge for 7,000 riders from over 70 countries that will take place on May 19, 2013. It is not a trip for the casual rider, not a 'marathon' with a start and a finish line, but a personal challenge, a timed course, a true Gran Fondo in line with the Italian tradition.
Gran Fondo New York is the brainchild of Lidia and Uli Fluhme. Uli has been racing for 25 years; Lidia has done triathlons and other races, and when she went to Italy to try a bike race, "it was the most incredible experience I had ever had on a bike" she said.
The race starts in NYC on the most travelled bridge in the world, George Washington Bridge. It travels north to beautiful Bear Mountain State Park and finishes after 100 miles and 7000ft of climbing in Weehawken, NJ facing the spectacular New York City skyline. Closed roads and roads with police moderated traffic provide the platform for athletes who love to race, go for a personal best or finish before the cutoff time. If you wish to partecipate, watch or volunteer, visit their webpage at http://granfondony.com/