The Giro d’Italia is following the very successful L’Etape by Tour de France amateur gran fondo series and organizing a Giro d’Italia Ride Like A Pro race – in Brasil with gravel.
The Giro d’Italia tried unsuccessfully to get their Ride Like A Pro concept off the ground in Shanghai, China during the pandemic in 2020, but now they are relaunching the series half a content away, just outside Sao Paulo, Brasil in the Mantiqueira mountain range on 3 April 2022.
Giro d’Italia Ride Like a Pro Brasil will offer a 63 kilometre medio fondo and a gran fondo of 112 kilometres in length. The gran fondo route includes 2650 metres of vertical elevation, a 12 kilometre climb and a gravel sector reminiscent of stage 11 of the 2021 Giro d’Italia where Egan Bernal dusted the competition.
The registration site indicates the race is reserved for amateur cyclists (no racing license needed), but will be organised just like a pro stage of the Giro d’Italia, complete with closed roads, festive start/finish expo and Maglia Rosa jerseys for the fastest male and female finishers.
Registration for the event has already exceeded 1000 riders, with upwards of 2000 cyclists expected on race day.
Giro d’Italia Ride Like A Pro Brasil registration HERE.