Snowmass Gran Fondo Italia takes off Sunday |

Snowmass Gran Fondo Italia takes off Sunday

The rider who put his historic footprint on American cycling and Aspen cycling will return to the area Sunday for the Gran Fondo Italia kickoff at Snowmass Village.

The international cycling series, Gran Fondo Italia, will launch its American tour next weekend with famed cyclist Alexi Grewal scheduled to join the cycling ride.

Grewal, who was born and raised in Aspen, was the first American man to win an Olympic medal in road cycling, taking the gold in Los Angeles in 1984. The longtime pro was inducted into the United State Bicycling Hall of Fame in 2004.

The cycling series matches recreational cycling and the Italian lifestyle — food, wine, culture.

Cyclists of all abilities can test the 95- and 45-mile course options that include a featured hill climb challenge.

The routes will be in the Snowmass/Aspen area.

The field is limited to 499 cyclists.

The event is modeled after the popular Gran Fondo cycling event format that originated in Italy.

Sunday’s ride will begin with a mass start in Snowmass Village

The Gran Fondo Italia Expo will be set up Saturday and Sunday at Base Village in Snowmass. Top Italian products will be on display at the expo.

For more information, contact Patsy Popejoy at Snowmass Tourism at 970-922-2285 or

Or visit the website http://www.thegranfondo

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