What Is a Gran Fondo?
Gran Fondo’s are mass participation cycling events that have enjoyed incredible popularity in Europe for decades and are beginning to gain momentum in North America.
Gran Fondo means many things to many people. Loosely translated, it means everything from “great foundation”, “great distance” or “great endurance.” It can be a full-on race, or just a ride. It’s both a sporting event and a cultural experience. And it’s truly Italian. There’s nothing like it anywhere else in the world.
Gran Fondo’s were invented in Italy in the early 1900′s and have been part of Italian cycling culture and tradition for over 100 years.
They are also a great way to raise money for charities and organisations. Most of the BC races are fully supported with some races offering a variety of routes to suit all levels of rider.
“Endurance” or “Fondo” style Road Bikes offer a much more comfortable, less aggressive riding position and make up the majority of our road bike sales, year in, year out.
With slightly slacker angles, longer chainstays and taller headtube heights these fit a lot more suited to longer, more relaxed rides right out of the box!
It is possible to make any road bike, even aggressive sprint style bikes into something more comfortable, with the right sizing and adjustments.
Here is a run down of our best selling Fondo/Endurance style bikes:
RALEIGH REVENIO 1.0
A hot seller last year, so we stocked up again. This 2012 model, featuring an aluminum frame, chromo fork, Shimano 2300 shifters and derailleurs and triple crankset.
After a road bike on a budget, look no further.
Reg $799 (25% OFF) NOW $599
2013 RALEIGH REVENIO 2.0
Aluminum “Endurance style” Frame with Carbon Fork, 9 speed SORA shifters and derailleurs. Great bike for the upcoming Whistler Gran Fondo, offers a more comfortable riding position, ideal for longer rides.
Reg $1,080 (25% OFF) NOW $799
2013 Premiare PC1
A Carbon bike that won’t break the bank or your back!
“Endurance” geometry, MC3 carbon blend frame, carbon integrated fork.
FSA cranks, SORA 9 speed shifters and derailleurs.
Lots of MASI’s own parts brand “BREV” components.
2013 Premiare PC2
“Endurance” geometry with great quality parts on this full Carbon Road Bike.
Shimano Tiagra 10 speed shifters and derailleurs.
BREV Wheelset, FSA crankset and rounded off with lots of MASI’s own brand “BREV” components.
2013 Premaiare PC3
“Endurance” geometry with performace level parts on this full Carbon Road Bike.
Shimano 105 shifters and derailleurs, Ritchey Wheelset, FSA crankset and lots of MAIS’s own parts brand “BREV” components.
2013 Premiare PC1 Bellissima
Ladies specific “Endurance” geometry MC3 carbon blend frame and carbon integrated fork.
FSA cranks, SORA 9 speed shifters and derailleurs rounded off iwth lots of REV components.
2013 Premaiare PC3 Bellissima
“Endurance” geometry with performace level parts on this ladies specific full Carbon bike. Shimano 105 shifters and derailleurs, Ritchey Wheelset, FSA crankset and lots of BREV components.
Here are some of the upcoming BC FONDO events over the next few months, many still have registrations spots open!
16-20 July – Tour de Jasper – Prince George to Jasper CC
20 July – Prospera Valley GranFondo 160k, 80k – Fort Langely
27 July – Rotary Ride 90k, 120k- Vernon
10 Aug – Vancouver Scenic City Tour (30k, 60k) – Vancouver
16-17 Aug – West Kootenay Glacier Challenge (2 day – 102k, 114k) – Nelson
24 Aug – Tour de Victoria 50k, 100k, 140k – Victoria
Aug – Victoria to Cowichan Cycling Challenge 150k – Victoria
6 Sep – Grand Fondo Whistler – Vancouver to Whistler
6-7 Sep – Bicycle Trek For Life and Breath – South Surrey
06 Sep – Tour de Cariboo 75k – Williams Lake
07 Sep – Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo (52k, 100k, 150k) – Cranbrook
13 Sep – Bike For Your Life Century Ride (10k, 35k, 75k, 100k) – Salmon Arm
13-14 Sep – Okanagan Grape Escape – Kelowna
19-21 Sep The Intrepid (3 day stage ride) – Okanagan Region
20-21 Sep – Lake2Lake Ride 220k – Vernon-Eagle Bay
21 Sep – Kamloops Thompson River Ride – Kamloops
28 Sep – Grand Forks Century Ride – Grand Forks