Gran Fondo New York

I just remembered to register for the second annual Gran Fondo New York this May. A Gran Fondo is a pseudo race that combines aspects of a century ride mixed with Italian culture. I remembered because I planned on riding part of the course this weekend. It's an out and back race that starts at the George Washington Bridge, and goes up to Bear Mountain along Henry Hudson Drive and 9W. It's a total of 100 miles and over 8,000ft. of climbing, with four timed climbs. Close to 3,000 riders turned up last year from all over the world, including pro racer George Hincape.