Overlooking the Alps, the 176km course around Lake Geneva took riders through France and Switzerland. Around 900 riders faced a variety of crappy weather conditions, including rain, on the rolling course as it passed through Lausanne, Montreux, Evian, Thonon and Geneva. Rain jackets and shoe covers were not optional.
The Gran Fondo World Tour awards points based on a riders finish time relative to the fastest finish time for an event. Yes, it’s a complicated scoring model (like decathalon), but at the end of the season $36,000 in cash is awarded to the top riders, making it the largest payout in the gran fondo cycling world.
This summer the series comes to North America where you can participate at Prospera Valley Gran Fondo or Blue Water International Gran Fondo in Canada and also at Gran Fondo – Rollfast in Indiana, USA.