Gran Fondo Race Series to Roll Through Dade City
The first cycling event in the new Gran Fondo National Championship Race Series will kick off March 17 in Dade City. A Gran Fondo is a cycling challenge that is a blend of competitive road racing and casual century rides.
Eastern Pasco's rolling hills will provide an ideal setting for the event, which will include 30, 60 and 100-mile routes.
The course will start and end at Pasco-Hernando Community College's Dade City campus and will partially follow the race course that was part of Tampa's bid to host the Olympic Games. A portion of registration fees will be donated to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office Explorer Post #916 to fund recreation activities for area youngsters.
"Pasco County's byways have a rich history of serving as training sites for amateur and professional cyclists," county spokesman Eric Keaton said. "We are excited the Gran Fondo National Championship Racing Series has partnered with the county for the location of its first race of 2013."
Registration is open to riders of all ages and experience levels, and is available at bikereg.com/Net/17873 or in person on race day at Pasco-Hernando Community College from 5:30-7 a.m.
Participants must register by Sunday to receive a free T-shirt. For information and pricing, visit gfncs.com.