Gran Fondo winner takes home $10,000 prize money
The second annual Emmitt Smith Charity Gran Fondo cycling ride attracted riders from all over the USA to Frisco, Texas
The 100 mile Gran Fondo was the one that came with the big bucks.
Jonathan Brown who rides for Axeon Hagens Berman won the race and the $10,000 prize money and said "It's going to be a pretty cool thing to explain to everyone, but it was a great event and I can't wait to come back next year!"
This season (2017), Brown has ridden the the Tour of the Gila, Joe Martin Stage Race, Tour de Beauce, USA National Champioships, the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and the Colorado Classic with his team Axeon Hagens Berman.
"We're all about trying to help kids experience new things, helping them in education. We're just proud of the fact that we have a chance to affect some young people's lives," Smith said.
"It's a beautiful thing to see people want to get out and ride their bikes and ride, whether it's 22 miles, 45 miles, 100k, or 100 miles," Emmitt Smith said.
All proceeds from the event went to the Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities.
The Emmitt Smith Gran Fondo is a premier, multi-course cycling event designed for the professional to the weekend rider. This charity fundraiser includes a timed race with a $10,000 purse for the 100-mile course, the only one of its kind in Texas. There is also a 100K, 48-mile, 22-mile and 2.2-mile children’s course.
Following the race, participants will enjoyed a party with a beer garden, food and family activities.