Sandy Beaches and Tropical Charm to Conclude a Wonderful Gran Fondo USA Season

Miami, FL - The Gran Fondo USA craze goes on, with Florida as its final 2011 destination. Get ready to ride in the first edition of Gran Fondo Colnago Miami, taking place Sunday, November 20, 2011 in Miami. Saboroso!

Starting at Coral Gables at 7:00 am, cyclists can choose to tackle one of three courses, riding first through urban Miami, rich in Spanish architecture, and then moving into agricultural and palm tree growing areas, catching memorable views of tropical flora. Cyclists will test their endurance and battle against wind, heat, and humidity. Rest stops, especially for the long course, are situated at some of South Florida's best known tourist locations: a beautiful historic estate, a beloved fruit stand, and one of the largest test gardens in the US. The last leg of the ride runs parallel to the water, as the courses heads again toward downtown Miami, before concluding in front of historic Miami City Hall, site of one of the world's first air terminals, and featured in the new ABC television show "Pan Am."

Gran Fondos are fun and exciting mass cycling events popular in Italy, a country that captures the essence and the romance of this sport. Participation is open to both recreational and competitive cyclists enthusiasts, who love rides off the beaten path, excellent road service, well-furnished rest stops, and … a great atmosphere all along! All Gran Fondo USA events also feature a two-day expo, where athletes pick up the packets on Saturday and enjoy the post-ride pasta party on Sunday. The Miami expo is located at the Miami City Hall (3500 Pan American Drive, Miami).

"We extend a warm welcome to the first edition of the Gran Fondo USA in Miami, a destination well known in Italy and where Italian products are icons of design, elegance and technology" says Marco Rocca, Consul General of Italy in Miami. "This initiative is a wonderful opportunity to introduce, through a sporting event of great appeal, a superb Italian industry still to be fully discovered. Thanks to the organizers of Gran Fondo USA for including Miami in their American Series 2011."

"The success of our events is based on adapting the 'Made in Italy' theme to the American cycling community," says Gran Fondo founder Matteo Gerevini. "We choose metropolitan areas with a strong vocation to our sport and committed to becoming Bicycle-Friendly Cities." Registrations are pouring from all over the world: Brazil, Canada, Porto Rico, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, UK, Singapore and 35 different states! The four events of Gran Fondo USA are now part of Star Events, a company based in Montecarlo with a portfolio of 30+ events worldwide in triathlon, cycling and running. The 2011 series also included Gran Fondos in San Diego, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia.

Sponsors include Colnago, Alitalia, FSA, Campagnolo, Fulcrum, Gaerne, Speedplay, Cuore Italiano, Villa Sandi, the Italian Consulate General in Miami, The Italian Trade Commission, The Italy America Chamber of Commerce of Southeast, GU Energy, Il Borro and Castiglion del Bosco wineries (owned by the Ferragamo family), Maxxis, Italy Bike Hotel, and Il Palagetto winery.

Partial proceeds of Gran Fondo Colnago Miami will benefit St. Jude Hospital Children's Research Hospital, internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. St. Jude is the first and only pediatric cancer center to be designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the world. St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families are never required to pay for treatment not covered by insurance. For more information about St. Jude visit or call 305-2651371

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