The Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia Beverly Hills on November 3, 2013 will include two scenic and challenging course options for riders of all abilities(NOTE 1). The medium course is 48 miles and the signature long course is 90 miles. This is a ride, not a race, and open to amateurs and cyclists of all abilities who are ready for a true Italian-style cycling experience. All riders will be timed and 90 mile riders can test the clock and each other on the Piuma Road timed climb.
Both routes will enjoy a mass start on the world-famous Rodeo Drive with the Giro d’Italia trophy displayed and a Lamborghini lead out. Riders will then follow a police escort out to Pacific Coast Highway and the scenic Southern California Coast. After a taste of ocean views from the Pacific Coast Highway riders will head north and begin climbing into the hills toward Topanga.
Just after mile 22 the course splits with the 48 mile riders heading back to Beverly Hills and the finish line.
90 mile riders will begin a loop with fantastic mountain scenery, ocean views and serious climbing that includes the hill climb competition for Gran Premio della Montagna – GPM (King/Queen of the Mountain – KOM/QOM).
The GPM presented by Speedplay is the popular and challenging climb on Piuma Road that starts near Malibu Canyon Road. With approximately 5.5 miles of climbing, total elevation gain of 1,744 and a 6.1% average grade everyone will have an opportunity to feel the burn, push for a personal best and compete for one of the many age group podium spots.
After climbing in the famed golden hills of California, all the riders will return to finish in the country’s most famous zip code at Beverly Hills City Hall. After a few refreshments, make your way over to the expo and celebration area in Beverly Canon Gardens, a spectacular venue where the trophy from the Giro d’Italia, called the Trofeo Senza Fine will again be displayed for photos and celebration. Browse the displays from top cycling brands, and then make your way to the podium and feel like one of the best pro cyclists in the world when you take your picture with the trophy and the models. Then celebrate your finish and join your fellow riders in celebrating the accomplishments of the day. You may also opt to join the pasta party experience with service inside the Montage Hotel – a unique post-ride meal.
Grab your spot today for fantastic Italian style cycling on the courses at the Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia Beverly Hills on November 3, 2013.
NOTE 1: Both courses are still being finalized and are pending permit approvals. We will provide regular updates on any significant changes to the planned courses. All route information is included for general reference only. All courses are subject to change prior to November 3, 2013. Final course information will be provided just prior to the event. We will provide ride recorded GPS elevations closer to the event. Please verify all information prior to the event and pay attention to course signage and any last minute instructions on event day.
NOTE 2: Total calculated elevation using RideWithGPS.com for the medium course is 4,000 ft and 10,000 ft for the long course. However, based on experience with the software calculations and GPS records recorded from riders, we estimate that the calculated elevations are overstated by approximately 30-35%. We will provide actual recorded GPS elevations closer to the event.