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I read JP Partland’s account of his visit to the 2012 New York Gran Fondo with, admittedly, a bit of dismay. Sad, partly, because I’d love to ride a Gran Fondo in and around New York, but the timing will never work for me. And sad, too, because it seems like he could have had a better time. Part of it, I’m sure, was the group(s) he found himself with, but it seems like the event itself is but a facsimile of the real thing – an true Italian Gran Fondo.

Contrast that with this account, which I will never tire of reading, from Bud Napolio of the Gran Fondo Pinarello (now La Pina). It starts, as they always do, with that bit of confusion that comes from riding an event in a foreign land. As Bud settles in, you can feel the excitement building throughout the day, finishing with a thrilling conclusion!

Any event, no matter where in the world, is what you make of it, I suppose. But there is something, something special, about riding a Gran Fondo in Italy. Come find out for yourself at any of our Italian cycling camps.

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  • @patrickmbrady @JoeDombro that goes for cycling in general. Maybe that's why I love it so much

  • RT @jeredgruber: Plenty of old snow, but nothing on the road on the Agnello. Bring on tomorrow! #giro https://t.co/JbuQw9OqUC

  • RT @JoeDombro: The peloton becomes so much more civilized by week three of a grand tour. Makes you wonder why we can't just be civilized al…

  • @WTCcom unfortunately we never met up with Augustus. That's the incomparable @jeredgruber!

  • @Cyclopaat @Ubaye_Vallee ça roule indeed!

  • The last week of [email protected] will be great, but it's with a heavy heart we say goodbye… https://t.co/LY97chaX2C https://t.co/gEEnESx1rT

  • @matt_conn That Valle descent was pretty sketchy in the group coming down after the stage. <Insert something about discretion & valor>

  • @matt_conn not easy climbs, eh?

  • @jeredgruber off by 2 minutes. But then again, EPO.

  • @matt_conn In boca domani!

  • @jeredgruber further to our discussion tonight... https://t.co/zXahm3yb1Q

  • @Pflax1 That's two commercials today for two of the best spots on the world to ride a bike.

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  • More smiling Gruber. https://t.co/1HSsFScskA https://t.co/U2WyyZkkc8

  • The break coming over Passo Sella. You can keep your sports stadium, I'll take the #Dolomi… https://t.co/JEhASDdrAa https://t.co/c92a9mcqsq

  • @matt_conn That was a good place to be. Lots going on yesterday.

  • Good morning from the #dolomites! #nofilter https://t.co/nkzFFDw0W1 https://t.co/Iu09yui0O3

  • @matt_conn awesome. Looking forward to our return this fall. Yours?

  • GPM Valle. As predicted, shattered. Only small groups or 1s and 2s. https://t.co/Xdssav8b2X https://t.co/HfkC1AHO2p

  • Final climb of Valle is very hard. Average hides multiple +15% sections. Descent is super technical and equally steep.