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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Mark your calendars: Ohio Gran Fondo is September 2, 2012

On September 2, 2012 the Ohio Gran Fondo will make its debut in Central Ohio.  If you don't know what a Gran Fondo is, you are in for a big surprise.  Gran Fondos are fast becoming one of the hottest events for cyclists throughout the US.  The reason is simple, a great atmosphere, challenging course and unparalleled support.  So what does that mean?  Well, essentially it is a bike ride that gives participants the same atmosphere and challenge as a marathon only for cycling.  To do this, Gran Fondos draw on the best of all worlds to give riders of every skill level an experience unlike any other.  From the racing world they bring the spectacle and challenge by featuring a mass start, timing and scoring, limited road closures/turn marshals, and an epic start/finish line complete with barricades, banners, music and an announcer to give you the look and feel that you would expect from a professional race.  Like the best tours they have lots of stops, great on-road support, fabulous food, entertainment, and a chance to socialize with all your friends.  Throw in some great free stuff, medals for every finisher, and you start to get the picture.  These are some of the reasons why Gran Fondos are one of the hottest cycling tickets in the US today.  To learn even more about Gran Fondos, here is a link to an article that recently appeared in Bicycling Magazine (http://www.bicycling.com/news/featured-stories/lets-get-ready-fondo).  

So, now that you know what the Ohio Gran Fondo is all about, I am looking for your help to get the word out to cyclists throughout Ohio.  Please mark your calendars for September 2, 2012 and share this with your group and anyone else you may know that would enjoy participating.  Also, I would encourage riders to sign up early as prices will go up as time goes on. 

Two routes will be available a Fondo (100K long) and a Gran Fondo (200K long).  Registration will open later this year and there will be significant savings if you register early.  As time goes on, prices will go up.
$75 (Gran Fondo) $65 (Fondo) prior to February 1, 2012
$85 (Gran Fondo) $75 (Fondo) February 2 to May 1, 2012
$95 (Gran Fondo) $85 (Fondo) May 2 to July 1, 2012
$105 (Gran Fondo) $95 (Fondo) July 2 to Aug 1, 2012
$125 (Gran Fondo) $100 (Fondo) Aug 2, 2012 to September 1, 2012
Registration Closes August  30, 2012 at 7:00 PM

The ride will start at 6:30 AM with all ride support ending at 6:30 PM.  Beginning at noon a post ride meal and free entertainment will be available at the finish line.  Any club or team participating will have the option to reserve a 10X10 spot along the finish line where they can watch friends/teammates finish. Riders will be encouraged to stick around and cheer on others as they complete the course.  In addition an area for sponsors, vendors, and organizations will be set up near the finish line for people to enjoy.  More announcements about finish line activities will be forthcoming.  To get the latest information on the event and to keep up with announcements on what we are up to, check out our web page www.ohiogranfondo.com  or follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Ohiogranfondo or on Twitter at: ohiogranfondo and please feel free to spread the word to anyone you may think would have an interest.

Thanks for any help you can provide spreading the word about this great new event in Ohio, and I look forward to seeing you at the inaugural Ohio Gran Fondo.

Alan Martin
www.ohiogranfondo.com

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