F.A.Q.

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SCHEDULE, GENERAL , REGISTRATION & PACKAGE PICK UP , CHARITY , COURSE , EQUIPMENT , EXPO , SUPPORT

SCHEDULE

>Mandatory check-in and packet pick up:

Saturday, November 9th, 2013
10:00 AM — 5:00 PM
Expo @ Miami City Hall

Sunday, November 10th, 2013
5:00 AM — 6:30 AM
Expo @ Miami City Hall

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

What is the Schedule at a Glance?

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

  • 10:00 AM Registration/Expo Opens (Pan American Drive)
  • 5:00 PM Registration/Expo Closes (Pan American Drive)
  • 7:00 PM VIP Reception Starts (Invitation Only)
  • 9:00 PM VIP Reception Ends

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

  • 5:00 AM Registration Opens (Pan American Drive)
  • 6:00 AM Opening of Start Area (Miracle Mile)
  • 6:30 AM Registration Closes (Pan American Drive)
  • 7:00 AM Ride Starts (Miracle Mile)
  • 9:00 AM Expo Opens to public (Pan American Drive)
  • 3:00 PM Awards Ceremonies (Pan American Drive)
  • 4:00 PM Expo Closes (Pan American Drive)
  • 5:00 PM Course Closes (Pan American Drive)

GENERAL

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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 see our Volunteer Page at the top of this page for more information and to sign up.

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 these offerings and sightsee in Miami 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 available, and the course will be well marked, so those who want to ride at their own pace, can. While there will be a mass start, everyone should ride according to their own fitness, skills, and abilities. We suggest you ride in a manner that is most comfortable and safe for you.

I’ve never ridden 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 to get used to riding closely behind someone else’s wheel. If possible, we suggest you join a local cycling club or bicycle shop rides to practice riding with others.

Are the roads closed for traffic?

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 5:00; all riders must be finished at this time. This equates to an average pace of 10.5 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 9:30 AM. Participants who arrive at the deviation point for the medium and long routes (at mile marker 25.8) after 9:30 AM 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 VIPs and the Giro Club. 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 authentic Italian food at the post event pasta party. 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.

REGISTRATION & PACKAGE PICK-UP

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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:

  • $120 until August 31, 2013
  • $130 until November 6, 2013
  • $150 on site on November 10, 2013

Team Entries (a group of 10 or more registering at the same time)

  • $110 until October 14, 2013
  • $120 until November 6, 2013

VIP Entries

  • $350 until November 4, 2012

How do I Register?

On-line registration is available here

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 Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia Cycling Jersey, a goody bag, a post ride party and an opportunity to win raffle prizes. Plus you get the support of the Aid Stations, technical support, a professionally marked course, and the expo. It will be an amazing weekend of cycling oriented festivities.

What will be in my Rider Packet?

Each rider packet contains:

  • A “Bib” Number with your individual rider number printed on it, (Used as ID for you throughout the event)
  • A Handlebar number (which matches your Bib Number. This is also used to identify you (and your bike) throughout the event.
  • A Wristband (must be worn to get entry into the aid stations and post event party tent)

I signed up for one distance, can I change to another?

Yes. If you let us know by July 18th, 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. 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; all entries are final. The entry fee is non refundable, non transferable and cannot be deferred to future events.

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

Packet pick up will be held at the Expo during the following times:

Saturday November 9, 2013
10:00 AM — 6:00 PM.
Event Expo, Miami City Hall

Sunday November 10, 2013
5:00 AM — 6:30 AM
Event Expo, Miami City Hall

NB: Packet pick-up is strongly discouraged on morning of the event.

Can I pick up my packet on the morning of the event?

Yes, if you must, but we highly encourage everyone to take advantage of package pick-up and to enjoy the expo on Saturday. It will save time and reduce stress for all involved. Keep in mind the Expo is a 3 mile ride from the ride start, so if you are picking up your packet Sunday morning plan accordingly.

Can someone else pick up the packet for me?

Yes, if you must. However, the person picking up your package for you must have a release form signed by you, along with a photocopy of your official photo identification (driver’s license or passport), and a printed copy of the registration confirmation email with the signature and written permission allowing someone else to pick up their packet.

CHARITY

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Can I ride for a charity? Can I do fundraising?

Absolutely; we highly encourage you to ride for a cause. The Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia has an Official Charity Partner – Florida International University, where proceeds will go to the First Generation Scholarship program. 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.

COURSE

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

Course

Distance

Elevation Gain

# of Aid Stations

Long

100 miles

Medium

54 miles

Short

25 miles

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 possible. There will also be clear indicators where the various routes deviate from 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 utilize the provided cue sheets, in case a something errant happens to any course markings (road mark gets covered by debris, someone removes or turns a sign, etc.).

Are the roads closed for traffic?

Except for the designated period following the start and at the finish area, all roads will be open to regular traffic, though some intersections will be monitored.
At all times riders must obey all traffic laws and ride on the right hand side of the street. Riders must follow the instructions of police officers, course marshals and volunteers to avoid disqualification

EQUIPMENT

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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 so desire.
If you choose to ride as a tandem, both riders must register as individuals for the event. Tandems are not eligible for TT 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, Craig Alexander, and Paula Newby-Fraser if they were to participate in the Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia. Remember what happened to Simon Whitfield during the Olympics!

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 to the back of their jersey or t-shirt
  • have their bike number on their handlebars
  • wear your wristband for aid station 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 desire to rent a bicycle, we suggest you plan well in advance. Please check with our official bicycle retail partner for possible bicycle rental. You may also wish to investigate websites such http://www.rentabikenow.com/.

EXPO

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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.

SUPPORT

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How many aid stations does Gran Fondo Giro d”Italia have and what do they provide?

There will be 5 aid stations spread out at regular intervals along the course with food and drinks.

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. Each Aid Station will have a reference map of the route(s), as well as spare cue sheets for those routes.

Food will include GU Energy Products, GU 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.

If I have a mechanical issue on the course, what do I do?

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.

If I need medical service, what do I do?

If you or a fellow rider are 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 at the finish 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.

If I have a bad day and realize I won’t be able to finish, what do I do?

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 may also require support.

Will there be food at the finish?

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

Travel & Transportation

Where do I park?

Parking information will be posted on the Travel Info Page as soon as possible. Parking information will also be emailed to all pre-registered participants as part of the Final Instructions a few days before the event.

Can I use public transport to get to the start?

Yes,
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If you elect 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 Travel Info 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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