Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia Miami–Coral Gables

Somewhere between aggressive road racing and relaxing centuries there’s the gran fondo.

   

If road cycling in November to you means having to ride in cold rain, a warm weekend get-away to Florida will help you get through the winter a little easier. And if you hate climbing, this is the fondo for you.

The ride starts in Coral Gables on the Miracle Mile with a police-escorted rollout, heads down to the vast agricultural areas of south Florida, before making a big U-turn back up to Miami. But no climbing doesn’t mean not challenging. Don’t be surprised if it’s windy and humid along the 100-mile route and your legs are put early and often into the red zone. Oh, and then there’s the very fast former and current pros from Italy who show up courtesy of the Giro d’Italia.

Last year, ex-world champ Mario Cipollini was flown in, as was former Milan­–San Remo winner Pippo Pozzato. So whether you decide to try to keep up with the fast group or just drop back and hang with some new buddies, you can enjoy the warm weather and sunshine all the same. Either way, it’ll all make riding in Florida in the winter so worth the trip. Of course there’s pasta with Mario at the finish. Now that’s Italian.

The Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Miamai-Coral Gables is held in November.

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