Who says Florida is flat! Centered in the rolling orange groves of Pasco & Hernando County, Gran Fondo Florida starts and ends at on Pennsylvania Avenue in San Antonio, FL. The race follows, in part, the proposed Olympic road race course that was part of Tampa’s bid to host the Summer Olympic Games. . It travels along rural rolling hills, past horse farms and crystal clear springs. Briefly going through Withlacoochee State Forest and the hills surrounding Brooksville, Florida.
At the 89 miles mark you will enter a piece of US cycling history along Darby road, once home to the famous Darby Road Race that has seen the likes of Tour De France winner Laurent Fignon. This area is and has been the winter training site of some of the top triathletes in the world including members of the TIMEX team and the hometown former US National Cycling team members Josh Thornton and Derek Wilkerson.
This event raises funds for Pasco County SRO Explorer Program. The School Resource Officer (SRO) Unit is composed of two squads that provide law enforcement services to schools countywide. The SRO Explorer Program provides services for those aged 14-21
There will be four aid stations along the 100 mile route; two on the 55mi, and one on the 35 mile route (35mi will also have mini-aid with only water, Heed, and Hammer Gel). Each of the other aid station will be fully stocked with: Water, Heed, Hammer Gel, Endurolyte Fizz, Bananas, PB&J Sandwiches, Cookies, Chips and Pretzels, and other snacks.
Awards presented three deep for each category for fastest section times.
Custom produced Giordana Gran Fondo Florida Winners kits will be awarded to the fastest riders in each age category of the Gran Route 100 mile event. These will be mailed to you post event in the size you order.
Time Section Primes – The fastest female in section 1 and in section 3, and the fastest male in section 2 and in section 4, and the will win a Bertucci watch.
The Mid Pack Attack Prime- The rider with the middle ranking time in the Batten Road time section will win a GFNCS kit from Giordana. (If two riders qualify for the middle time The one present will win, if neither rider is at awards a coin toss will be used to determine the winner).
$1000 CASH PURSE will be dividing (at race director’s discretion) to the Overall top 3 male and top 3 female riders of the 100 mile distance.
$500 for fastest four person team in thh Gran Route