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Old 06-21-10, 10:28 AM   #1
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Gran Fondo New York

Looks interesting...just saw this today:

http://www.granfondony.com
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Looks interesting...just saw this today:

http://www.granfondony.com
one of our members is the organizer of this: his handle is passista
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Is this going to be a competitive only ride or can the casual rider also participate?
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Casual riders would be welcome.

Be ready to climb, though.
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It's the usual Bear Mt. ride for us locals.
Better butter up your moms cause it takes place on Mother's Day.
Sorry mom
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Really excited about this. Love doing centuries, but this looks like just enough of a casual contest (as in the real Gran Fondo style) to be something new. Wish it was sooner!

Is passista out there? I'd love to hear his/her take on it! I know it's a year away, but it sounds excellent!
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I am super excited about this but there's not much info on it.
How many riders
Will they close the roads
How much to register
Anyone know the details??
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I am super excited about this but there's not much info on it.
How many riders
Will they close the roads
How much to register
Anyone know the details??
passista said they expect ~6,000 riders.
GWB lane closures were mentioned, but I don't see how they can expect to close roads all the way to BM and back.
My guess is at least $100.
That's all I got.
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Thanks ckelly49. All answers sound great! Wish it was this year...
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Thanks ckelly49
except I think $100 may be a little low since a jersey is included in the registration.
How can they not give specific details since registration is only a month away.
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except I think $100 may be a little low since a jersey is included in the registration.
How can they not give specific details since registration is only a month away.
I'm figuring more as well, but who knows. Just for example Levi's GranFondo is $130 w/ a t-shirt while the Colnago GranFondos are $99 w/ a jersey.
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Hi guys

Sorry for replying only now, just stumbled upon this thread.

We're currently finalizing the details. Registration will open September 1. We had multiple requests from people to postpone the registration by a month as many are on vacation August 1 and don't want to risk to be shut out (especially all the Italians who want to come, we have massive feedback from there). Mid August we will have all the answers to your questions on our website (and if there should anything be still in question, just email us at info@granfondony.com).

Some more info for now:

Yes, it's for everyone, rider and racer. But it's 100+miles and has some funky hills. Spring-classic type course!

The course: while the locals will surely know parts of it, it's not gonna be your bread and butter GWB-Nyack-Bear Mtn ride. However, not only the course will be different but also the experience riding it in a big group. Also, there will be great prizes up for grabs for the fast climbers in various categories and raffle prizes for all participants.
The jersey will be from a top brand (we're talking to several companies right now). It will be mandatory to wear it and have your number printed on it.

So much for now, please keep checking our website or join us on facebook.com/granfondony for latest news and updates.

Thanks much guys, it will be awesome!

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Looks like a junior brevet.
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Lol, I've never seen a Brevet with timed climbs and competition. How about you sign up and see yourself in how many more ways it is different.

That said, Brevets are a cool thing. Like the spirit. Just ride.
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Sounds like a stage in the Tour de France.
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Lol, I've never seen a Brevet with timed climbs
A brevet is a timed event from start to finish.

Not being familiar with the Italian reference, it's hard for me to tell from your website exactly what this thing is. What is it? An informal ride with a competitive sprint up the hill?

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Good luck with it--but thousands of people, aid stations, and a sweep car are definitely not for me.
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Sounds like a stage in the Tour de France.
Probably as far fetched as a brevet. BUT: it's always what you make of it, right?
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A brevet is a timed event from start to finish.
Usually they are to be completed within a certain time limited. Of course they may be brevets out there which are actually timed. You seem to know more about these than I do.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brevet_(cycling)

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Not being familiar with the Italian reference, it's hard for me to tell from your website exactly what this thing is. What is it? An informal ride with a competitive sprint up the hill?
That's pretty close. In Italy, a GF is like a bike race but you don't need a licence. And you can take it easy as well if you prefer. It's like the marathon of cycling. Everyone from pro to finisher starts together.
We will have a few timed climbs that together will count towards the King of Mountain competition. We're working on full road closure in the future but I'm sure you can imagine that this is tougher to achieve in NYC than on Italian countryside roads.

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Good luck with it--but thousands of people, aid stations, and a sweep car are definitely not for me.
Fair enough. I would encourage you nonetheless to give it a shot. Who knows, maybe it actually suits you more than you think.

Cheers!
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I would encourage you nonetheless to give it a shot. Who knows, maybe it actually suits you more than you think.
No, I've had enough of big crowds of cyclists, but good luck with it!
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I like the photo of the guy holding the umbrella at the starting line.
Reminds me of the Five Boro Bike Tour

But seriously, it sounds like a great event.
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Haha, yep, classic. It poured right until the start so the streets were soaked and everyone got nicely wet before the sun came out.

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No, I've had enough of big crowds of cyclists, but good luck with it!
I think the good thing with this ride is that there will probably be more experienced riders given the distance and amount of climbing which should make riding in the initial crowd not a problem. My only issue with crowds is when the riders don't know what they're going and you end up in a big mess of people wheeling around everywhere.


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The jersey will be from a top brand (we're talking to several companies right now). It will be mandatory to wear it and have your number printed on it.
If you haven't already, take a look at Capoforma who make some nice custom kits but might be a bit more pricey than someone like Verge or Champion Systems.

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Good luck with it--but thousands of people, aid stations, and a sweep car are definitely not for me.
They should have someone in a Vespa passing by telling us to pedal faster and how much left to go....I think I'd like that.
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If you haven't already, take a look at Capoforma who make some nice custom kits but might be a bit more pricey than someone like Verge or Champion Systems.
Thanks for that suggestions, definitely our price range. We will have really nice Jerseys, top end quality stuff, nothing cheap given that the riders will have to wear them at the GF - the number will be printed on the jersey - and everyone will want to ride in them.

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Not a bad idea!
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Thanks for that suggestions, definitely our price range. We will have really nice Jerseys, top end quality stuff, nothing cheap given that the riders will have to wear them at the GF - the number will be printed on the jersey - and everyone will want to ride in them.
The nice thing about using Capo is that though they're an American company, Bergamo in Italy makes their clothing which might be nice in keeping with the Italian theme. Oh and if you do get someone on a Vespa to yell at us make sure it's an old Italian man so he can swear at us in Italian.

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