We are super excited to be bringing this exciting race format to the Fraser Coast. So what’s it all about?
What is a Gran Fondo?
Gran Fondo is Italian for “the big race,” traditionally a 130 KM road bike race, with a simple format. Why Italian? – some might argue Italy was the birthplace of bike racing. The first races started in 1869, and in 1885 one of the most famous bike manufacturers was born in Milan, Bianchi, still operating today under the name of its founder Edoardo Bianchi, with their signature turquoise frames.
By 1900, Italian Gian Ferdinando Tommaselli won the world championship in Paris, competing in tandem with Harrie Meyers from the Netherlands. On the 13th May 1909, 127 riders started the first Giro d’Italia at Loreto Place in Milan; and held every year subsequently, apart from during the two world wars.
Like leather goods, all the most beautifully crafted bikes and brands came out of Italy, including Colnago, Pinarello, Campagnolo, Assos, De Rosa and Vittoria.
You have probably heard of the Tour De France (TDF), the biggest bike race globally; it seems the French wanted in on the action. And what a fantastic job they have done. Over 21 stages, 23 days, these massive teams race across France. Starting in a different place every year, but always ending on the Champs-Elysée in Paris, this iconic race draws riders, sponsors, and passionate crowds from all over the world, with the Aussies having success. Making the team year after year, Simon Gerrans, Robbie McEwan, Stuart O’Grady to name a few, and we are very proud of our Cadel Evans, the first Australian to win the TDF, and Ritchie Porte coming in 3rd on the podium in 2020.
Australians’ enthusiasm for road racing has reached new heights; with our very own international race a massive success, held in South Australia each year, the Tour Down Under gains more riders and more recognition each year.
The Fraser Coast Gran Fondo weekend not only offers the big race at 130 KM but also the Medio at 80 KM, the excitement of the Criterium multi-lap race, the La Familia 25 KM ride and the 13KM Piccolo ride for the kids. There truly is something for the whole family.
When is the Fraser Coast Gran Fondo?
All racing will start and finish at Seafront Oval, the Festival will have food trucks, entertainment, and fun for everyone. We hope to see you there on the 21-23 May 2021.
Check the website for details and registration details: www.frasercoastgranfondo.com.au.