Italian-style 'Gran Fondo' bike ride comes to Pasadena

A time-honored Italian tradition put down roots in Pasadena on Sunday as hundreds of bicyclists rode in the inaugural Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Los Angeles-Pasadena. A Gran Fondo, loosely translated as "big ride," is a not a formal race but is more structured than a simple recreational ride. Full Story
jane

Calabasas, CA

#1 Jul 23, 2012
i am an experienced triathlete/endurance athlete who has participated in many organized events including ironman triathlons, century and double metric century rides and can state unequivocably that this was the most poorly run and unsupported ride i've ever done. i signed up for the long ride which was 92 miles and over 12,000 feet of climbing. despite the arduous nature of the ride and the extreme heat, they had skeletal support: few aid stations, no food (unless you count green bananas, biscotti and nutella sandwiches as food) and most importantly, NO ICE! on the climb up from lower big tujunga i had to share the water from my camelbak with a rider who had run out because of the heat and length of the ascent. people were getting sagged like crazy. i completed the first big climb only to discover that they had dismantled the aid station there and were about to leave. after digging out some half-gallons of warm water from the back of the truck, the volunteers informed us that the next aid station twelve miles up had only hydration (warm water) no food, and suggested that we turn around and climb two miles back up to the angeles crest. i would have liked to have posted these comments on the gran fondo website, except for the fact that my computer blocks access because norton says their site in infected ... big surprise.
basically these people charged me 150 dollars for a cheesy jersey and a route sheet.
Edward

Pasadena, CA

#2 Jul 23, 2012
My experience was similar to that reported by Jane. This Gran Fondo should not be organized for late July, the very hottest time of the year. The route should have gone the other way round -- that way, riders could stop at Red Box to refuel on the way up. And the aid stations were the most underequipped I have ever encountered on an organized ride. Local club events, like the Conejo Valley Cyclists' Cruisn' the Conejo ride, are infinitely better supported.
guero

Monterey Park, CA

#3 Jul 24, 2012
the moongose brand is better

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