A Gran Fondo, “Big Ride”, is a long-distance semi-competitive cycling road ride with origins in Italy. The format was born in 1970 for amateur cyclists who didn’t quite make it into the professional ranks, but still enjoyed racing, winning medals and becoming local heroes. It has since spread around the world, encouraging amateur cyclists of all abilities to participate, compete and have fun.
At Gran Fondy Daily News we adhere to the Classic Italian Gran Fondo definition that includes 5 key elements: 1) Events are physically challenging, usually 50 – 100 miles in length. 2) Riders are timed and listed in results. 3) No racing license is needed and events are open to all riders. 4) Riders start en mass. 5) A meal is served afterwards, often with beer, in a festive atmosphere.
Whether called a gran fondo, radmarathon, cyclosportive or anything else, we’ve done our best to make sure events listed in our calendars for North America, Europe and UK Great Britain fit the Classic Italian Gran Fondo definition.