The City of Bangor, Maine USA, along with former pro George Hincapie, will host a world-class amateur cycling event for up to 1000 riders next summer at Gran Fondo Hincapie Bangor taking place on 6 August.
“George Hincapie is a well-known professional cyclist.” said Kerrie Tripp, Director Greater Bangor Visitors Bureau. “I believe he did the Tour De France 17 times. When he retired he started some of these fun run Gran Fondo events, mostly in the southern half of the United States. Bangor is the first northern location to host one of these so we just couldn’t be more excited about it.”
“We at Hincapie events are so excited to expand our series of events to Bangor, Maine in 2022. Bangor has everything we look for in an event town. The way the community welcomed us on our visit and the quality of the riding, food, and beer, we knew that it was the next home for Gran Fondo Hincapie,” said Hincapie spokesperson Joe Coddington.
In partnership with the Bangor Visitors Bureau, the main 80 mile gran fondo will start and finish in the historic downtown district adjacent to Penobscot Waterfront Park, an optional 50 mile medio fondo will also be on tap.
Registration opens 12 November with detailed route information to be announced early next year.
Maine is well known for its beautiful natural resources, and the Greater Bangor area is no exception. Located on the banks of the Penobscot River amid tall dense forests (Bangor was once the lumber capital of the nation) and rolling farmlands, the gran fondo route will no doubt offer a once-in-a-lifetime experience, plus participants can take a selfie with Paul Bunyan, that is, the legendary lumber jack, all 31 fiberglass feet of him, standing tall over Main Street afterwards.
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