F.A.Q.

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW

What is the Schedule?
RACE BAG PICK UP
• On Saturday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM at the Registration Area at the Expo
• On Sunday 5:oo – 6:30 AM at the Registration Area at the Expo
THE RIDE
Sunday, June 2nd, 2013
• 7:00 AM Ride Starts
• 9:00 AM Expo Opens to public
• 2:00 PM Awards Ceremonies
• 4:00 PM Expo and course Close
THE EXPO
Saturday, June 1st
• 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia Expo at Pasadena City Hall
• 7:00 PM Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia VIP Reception (Location tbd)
Sunday, June 2nd
• 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia Expo at Pasadena City Hall

All riders must sign a release waiver prior to receiving a packet.

Who is the ride open to?
The Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia is open to any cyclist who wants to participate. Riders under 18 must have the written permission of their parent or guardian (parents must sign the event waiver).

I don’t ride, but I want to participate in the Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia– what can I do?
Volunteering at a rest stop or at the start finish area is an excellent way to be part of the event. Please click here to access our Volunteer Page.

My family will be coming with me but not riding in the Gran Fondo – what is there for them to do while I am riding?
The Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia Expo at the Finish area will feature displays, music and entertainment throughout the day. They are encouraged to enjoy the Expo and sightsee in Pasadena as well.

Will there be restrooms at the start, finish, and on the course?
Yes, the Start/Finish area, as well as all aid stations are equipped with porta potties.

Will bad weather cancel the Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia?
Typically not. The Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia will be held rain or shine, unless a state of emergency is declared by local authorities, or local authorities determine that the event cannot proceed safely.
Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia reserves the right to cancel or reschedule the event at its sole discretion.
In the event of serious storms, please check this website the morning of the ride. An email message will also be sent to all pre-registered participants.

Is the Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia a Race?
No, the Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia is not a race, but it is a challenging mass participation recreational ride. The roads are open to traffic and there are no prizes for finishing order. All riders are encouraged to ride at their own pace, and enjoy the wonderful routes. Participants must obey all traffic rules and are responsible for their own safety.

Is this only for racers?
No, not at all. The Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia is open to riders of all abilities and experience Some people will challenge themselves on the climbs, others will just complete the course and enjoy the camaraderie. The spirit of a Gran Fondo is that everyone is welcome and there is something on offer for everyone!

Will we be riding as a group?
That is entirely up to the participants. We will have cue sheets and course markings, so those who want to ride at their own pace, can. While there will be a mass start, everyone should ride according to your own fitness, skills, and abilities. We suggest you ride in a manner that is most comfortable and safe for you.

I never rode in a large group before. What do I have to be concerned about?
Group riding is faster, as drafting can save about 30% of energy. You need to pay extra attention to the riders around you when riding in a group, and signal your intentions at all times. It takes practice and to get used to riding closely behind someone else’s wheel. If possible, we suggest you join a local cycling clubs or bicycle shops rides to practice riding with others. You can take some information also from our safety and rules page.

Are there free-traffic roads?
Some, but not all roads will be closed for traffic. When on open roads, riders must obey all traffic laws at all times, and ride on the right hand side of the street. Riders must follow the instructions of police officers, or risk citation and disqualification from the event.

How fast do I have to ride?
The Finish line closes at 4:00; all riders must be finished at this time. This equates to an average pace of 10.4 MPH (including stops) for the long course. You can ride at the pace you want, as long as you maintain this average for the long course (the medium and short courses do not carry such restrictions) but are required to ride safely and within your capabilities at all times.
However, in cooperation with local Law Enforcement and Emergency Medical Services, certain cut-off times have been established. These cutoffs are for the safety and security of all riders. Entrance to the Long Course closes at 10:00 AM. Participants who arrive at the deviation point for the medium and long routes (at mile marker 32.7) after 11:00 will be required to ride the medium route.

How do riders line up at the start?
The Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia features a Mass Start, so everyone starts together, regardless of the course you are riding.
There are two starting corals. The front coral is for riders who registered as VIP. The second coral is for the general participants.
As the event is not a start-to-finish race, it doesn’t matter what your starting position is. However, to prevent as much interference as possible, we highly encourage beginner and slower riders to line up at the back of their start zone, and faster, more experienced riders to line up at the front, this way you will be able to ride your own pace unobstructed.

I’m riding the event with my friends. Can we all line up together?
Absolutely, however, only registered VIP riders are allowed in the VIP corral.

Will there be food at the finish?
Yes, there will be beverages and an authentic Italian Pasta Party at the finish. The pasta party is free for all participants. You will need to have your wrist band for entry. You may purchase additional wristbands so your friends and family can join you for lunch.

Who is the ride open to?
The Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia is open to any cyclist who wants to take on the challenge. Riders under 18 must have the written permission of their parent or guardian.

Is there an Entry Fee for the Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia?
Yes, please see the Registration Page for details.

What is the entry fee?
Individual Entries:
• $99 for short route, the Susan G. Komen one
• $120 for the medium an long route

VIP Entries:
• $350

How do I register?
On-line registration is available here. For full details on registration, please visit our Registration Page. Our registration partner is Active.com. They make registration a fast and simple process.

Do I need a racing license in order to participate?
No, racing licenses are not required. While there are some competitive segments, it is important to remember that the Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia is a ride, not a race!

Is there a minimum age for participants?
The minimum age for participants is 12 years old – these courses are challenging and demanding. All minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times while on the route, and must have their registration form and waiver signed by their legal parent or guardian.

What do I get with my entry fee?
You will get a great day on the bike, on a unique and challenging course, a goody bag, a post ride party and the opportunity to win raffle prizes. Plus you get the support of the aid stations, technical support by Vittoria, a professionally marked course, and the expo. It will be an amazing weekend of cycling oriented festivities. See all in details here.

What will be in my rider packet?
Each rider packet contains:
• Personalized bib and jersey number*
• Helmet sticker
• Timing chip to time your climb on the Gran Premio della Montagna (KOM) challenge
• Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia raffle tickets to win a Bianchi Impulso Ultrega, Limar Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia limited edition helmets and sunglasses, Vittoria special tires, and many other prizes
• A bottle of Italian wine Nero d’Avola by Feudo Arancio
• A yearly free subscription to Bicycling Magazine
• A CamelBak Podium sport canteen
• A Wristband (must be worn to get entry into the aid stations and pasta party tent)

I signed up for one distance, can I change to another?
Yes. If you let us know by May 30th, we can update you in the registration system. You can also let us know when you pick up your package.

I signed up for the long course, but if I don’t feel up to it while on the road, can I just ride the medium or short course?
Yes. Though if you know in advance, please let us know. If you decide out on the road, that is ok too, just turn at the marked course deviations.

I have registered but can’t participate – can I get a refund or transfer to another rider?
Unfortunately not. The entry fee is non refundable, non transferable, and cannot be deferred to future events.

Where do I pick up my start number, and goody bag?

  • On Saturday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM at the Registration Area at the Expo
  • On Sunday 5:o0 – 6:30 AM at the Registration Area at the Expo

Can I pick up my packet on the morning of the event?
Yes, if you cannot do it on Saturday, but we highly encourage everyone to take advantage of package pick-up. It will save time and reduce stress for all involved.

Can someone else pick up the packet for me?
Yes. However, the person picking up your package must have a release form signed by you (this is a written permission allowing someone else to pick up their packet), along with a photocopy of your ID, passport, or driving license and a printed copy of the registration confirmation email with the signature.

Can I ride for a charity? Can I do fundraising?
Absolutely; we highly encourage you to ride for a cause. Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia has an Official Charity Partner. Payment of your entry fee guarantees that they will benefit from your participation. You may elect to do fundraising and make additional donations during the registration, package pick-up process or at the event expo. If you elect to raise funds for another charity, you may do so on your own. We cannot redirect the charitable portion of your entry fee elsewhere.
Please beware of other organizations who claim to be doing fundraising as part of the Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia. While their efforts may be legitimate and noble, they are not authorized to do so nor are they official charity partners. They cannot guarantee you entry or official perks of the event.

How long are the rides; how much climbing is there, how many aid stations?

How will the courses be marked?
The course will be marked with clearly identifiable signs. In certain areas they may be supplemented with arrows on the ground, with police or marshals.
Typically there will be an indicator that a turn is upcoming (a single arrow), double arrows at the turn itself, and a single confirmation arrow following the turn. However there are some situations where advance marks will not be possible. There will also be clear indications where the route deviate and rejoin each other.
There will not be a lot of signs between turns, though there will be some at any confusing points or major intersections. The golden rule is that if you don’t see a sign, don’t turn! Riders should carry and use the provided cue sheets in case something goes wrong to any course markings (road marks gets covered by debris, someone removes or turns a sign, etc.).

What type of bike can I ride for the event?
We suggest that you use a traditional road bicycle, as it is the best option for this type of ride. However, you may also ride a mountain bike, touring bike, cyclocross bike, hybrid bike, single speed (with two brakes), a recumbent, or a tandem if you desire so.
If you choose to ride as a tandem, both riders must register as individuals for the event. Tandems are not eligible for KOM/QOM competition. Bikes with trailers and children’s seats are not allowed for safety reasons.

Can I use a Time Trial or Triathlon Bike?
Yes, while we do not encourage it, you may ride with a time trial or triathlon bicycle. Likewise, if you have a road bike with aero bars, you are permitted to use it. However, you are prohibited to ride in your aero bars while in the immediate proximity of others (it is a serious safety issue). The same rules would apply to Fabian Cancellara and Craig Alexander whether participate in the Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia!

Can I use a Fixed Gear Bike?
We don’t recommend it as there are many tough climbs, and some rough descents, but if you are comfortable on such terrain, we don’t prohibit it and welcome you to give it a go. However, all bicycles must have 2 working brakes; track bikes without brakes are prohibited!

What do I have to wear?
You should wear clothing appropriate for the weather conditions of the day. All riders must:
• wear an approved cycling helmet with buckled chin straps at all times on the bike
• have their BIB number pinned on the back of their jersey
• have their bike number on their handlebars
• wear their wristband for aid stations and post-event festivities

Please note that headphones of any kind are not allowed.

I am travelling from far away and don’t want to bring my own bike. Can I rent a bike somewhere?
If you need to rent a bicycle, we suggest you plan it well in advance. Please check with our official bicycle retail partners for possible bicycle rental.

Is there an Expo where I can see new cycling products?
Yes, there will be an expo. All of our sponsors, and many other exhibitors will be present. Please see our Expo Page for details.

How many aid stations does Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia has and what do they provide?
There will be  a total of 5 aid stations and some hydration stations spread out at regular intervals (aprox. evry 15-18 miles) along the course with food and drinks as well as at the finish party. Please note that there will be no food or water available at the start. Make sure your bottles are filled and carry a snack that keeps you going for the first part of the ride.
Aid stations will have food, drinks, porta potties, first aid kits; some will have mechanical support. Hydration stations will only have liquids. Each aid station will have a reference map and spare cue sheets of the route. Food will include Energy Products, Electrolyte Drinks, Fruit, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Cookies, and some pleasant surprises. If you have any dietary limitations, we suggest you plan to accommodate your individual needs.

What do I do if I have a mechanical issue during the ride?
First, move out of the path of fellow cyclists and off of the road onto the shoulder or other safe location.
We encourage all participants to know basic safety and repair skills, including repairing a flat tire. Be prepared and bring basic tools, extra inner tube(s), your own pump or CO2 cartridges and extra tubes for your bike. If you can fix the issue yourself, move off the course and proceed with your repairs.
If you require technical assistance, please call the Command Center telephone number on your cue sheet, and tell them what your problem is and where you are located. A SAG or Technical Support Vehicle will arrive as soon as possible.
If necessary, a SAG vehicle will take you to an Aid Station where mechanical support may be available, or to the finish line.

What do I do if I need medical service?
If you or a fellow rider is experiencing a medical emergency, dial 911, and report your exact location using the cue sheet as a guide, then please dial the contact number found on your cue sheet, and report the problem to the Command Center.
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will be on the course and on call. Police officers will be controlling traffic at certain intersections and volunteers will be guiding athletes for turns at some intersections. If you need help, inform them on the course and they will get help as quickly as possible and will stay with you until help arrives.

What do I do If I have a bad day and realize I won’t be able to finish?
Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia will have SAG (Support and Gear) vehicles along the course for any cyclists who are unable to finish the event. If you can, try to make it to the next Aid Station on the route, where you will have food, water, and medical services available, as well as volunteers to keep you company.
If you are unable to ride to a Rest Stop, please move off the road onto the shoulder or another safe location, please call the Command Center telephone number on your cue sheet, and tell them what your problem is and where you are located. A SAG Vehicle will arrive as soon as possible. The SAG vehicle will bring you to the nearest aid station or to the finish area ASAP. Please keep in mind that this is not a personal taxi service, and that there are thousands of participants who also require support.

Will there be food at the finish?
Yes, there will be great food and drinks at the post event party. Friends and family can buy additional food tickets at the party.

Where do I park?
Parking information are on the Parking Page.

Can I use public transport to get to the start?
Yes, Pasadena is accessible by various Los Angeles County Public Transportation networks, including the LA Metro Gold Line. For more information please see:

http://www.oldpasadena.org/publictransportation.asp

http://www.ci.pasadena.ca.us/Transportation/Public_Transit/

http://www.metro.net/bikes/

If you decide to take public transportation, please allow plenty of time to make it to the start, and confirm that bicycles are allowed on your routes.

Where do I stay overnight?
Please visit our Accomodations Page to find information about our partner hotels

If your question has not been answered with the above, please contact us at info@granfondogiroditalia.com

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