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Gran Fondo Italia series will kick off in Colorado

  • By VeloNews.com
  • Published Jun. 27, 2014
  • Updated Jul. 2, 2014 at 10:27 AM EDT
Riders will enjoy some of Colorado's best scenery in the Gran Fondo Italia series' first event, to be held in Aspen, Colo. Photo: COMetaPRess/Brena/CanonDigital

The first of five events in the Gran Fondo Italia series will visit Aspen and Snowmass, Colo. on August 10. Riders will choose from two routes through the Roaring Fork Valley — the shorter option is 45mi, and the full-distance course is 95mi.

Both distances — and all genders and categories — will contest a “Gran Premio della Montagna” hill climb challenge to the finish, which should prove to be a difficult test, as the course won’t dip much lower than 7,890 feet in altitude. The final two miles on Brush Creek Road, leading to Snowmass Village, will be timed for this challenge.

Before the final climb, riders will enjoy many of the area’s well-loved roads and routes, including Owl Creek, Castle Creek, McLain Flats, and Frying Pan.

Registration is now open and limited to 499 riders. All participants will have the chance to win a Colnago C60 in a drawing at the event.

2014 Gran Fondo Italia Schedule

August 10: Aspen-Snowmass, Colo.
September 28: Beverly Hills, Calif.
October 19: Atlanta-Roswell, Ga.
November 9: Miami-Coral Gables, Fla.
November 16: Rio de Janeiro

Route maps for upcoming events

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