GRAN FONDO COLNAGO LOS ANGELES: CYCLING, CINEMA AND LOTS OF GLAMOUR Breathtaking start from Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills for the first edition. Over 1300 participants, greeted by Ernesto Colnago, Italian institutions and actor Andy Garcia.
Los Angeles (Ca, USA) June 27, 2011 – Beautiful Californian sun, a glamorous backdrop for the start line and stunning courses: the first edition of Gran Fondo Colnago Los Angeles could not have ask for more! Lined up in Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, the world’s most famous shopping destination, more than 1300 cyclists embraced their ride towards two beautiful routes and one of California’s classic climbs, Piuma Road, with the Pacific Ocean into clear site.
Gran Fondo USA is definetly becoming the rising star in the American sport calendar, thanks also to the strong “Italian” theme that the organizers propose.
Gran Fondo Colnago Los Angeles was part of a week-long series of events dedicated to Italy (the “Italian Week”) and the celebration of its 150th anniversary of Unification. From movies to the motors, from jewelery to cyclism: the “Made in Italy” was at the heart of all happenings on Rodeo Drive from June 19 to the 26. The format proposed by Matteo Gerevini, founder of Gran Fondo USA, was a perfect match for the series, which conquered Rodeo Drive.
“I am truly honored to be able to host such a unique event in our City,” said Beverly Hills Mayor Barry Brucker addressing the crowd. “It’s officially our first bike ride in Beverly Hills and I hope this becomes a yearly event for us.” Along the Mayor and in representation of the Italian institutions, there was Ambassador Umberto Vattani, president of the Italian Worldwide Trade Offices and visiting L.A. for the Italian Week. “Seen from here, you are an ocean, more than those who joined Garibaldi in his famous expedition!” Also in attendance were Nicola Faganello, Consul General of Italy in Los Angeles, Carlo Bocchi, Director of the Italian Trade Commission offices in Los Angeles and Jimmi Jahant, presidet of the Rodeo Drive Committee and of Brooks Brothers. But what thrilled the crowd, was the presence of legendary bike manufacturer Ernesto Colnago who participated later on to the expo and made himself available for autographs and photos.
Also at the expo, the stardust of Hollywood arrived thanks to the attendance of Andy Garcia. The actor/producer is an avid cyclist and wanted to meet iconic Colnago, who presented him a personalized bike. The two spent time at the VIP tent, where fans and curious people greeted them.
The day went by very fast, enjoying the lively pasta party, great wines and Italian arias. It was even possible to win a free trip to Italy and a stay of one week to selected hotels, compliments of Alitalia and Italy Bike Hotels. Michael Carter, Assistant Director Sportif for Team Type 1, a professional men’s cycling team and global organization dedicated to changing the lives of people with diabetes (beneficiary of Gran Fondo Los Angeles), won the King of the Mountain. His time was 23’40” completed at the Piuma climb (1,500 feet ascent in 5 miles!). The Queen of the Mountain was Countouriotis Athena, with a time of 28’52”.
“The event in Beverly Hills was a sort of test for us and we passed it, delivering a superb event in a location so special,” said Matteo Gerevini, founder of Gran Fondo USA. “We can say that American cyclists love our model. The fact that more and more people is trying to copy us, is a proof of our evident success”.
Sponsors include Colnago, Alitalia, FSA, Campagnolo, Fulcrum, Gaerne, Speedplay, Cuore Italiano, Villa Sandi, the Italian Trade Commission, GU Energy, Il Borro and Castiglion del Bosco wineries (owned by the Ferragamo family), Maxxis, Italy Bike Hotel, Il Palagetto winery, the Beverly Hilton and the Beverly Hills Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Gran Fondo USA series will continue with its second edition in Philadelphia (August 14) and in Miami (November 20).
“The event was phenomenal because we were graced by good weather with sunshine and it became a gorgeous day with a breeze from the ocean,” said Daniela Puglielli of Gran Fondo USA. “This race is becoming a classic, starting in Little Italy, and all the riders rode out to the seaside.”
Former professional cyclist, Peter “Paco” Wrolich of Austria, lined up at the front of the mass of cyclists under the Little Italy arch in downtown San Diego. The sound of three Ferrari engines and two Ducati motors roared to signify the start of the 168km Gran Fondo and 100km Medio Fondo.
The Gran Fondo route included more than 5,500 feet of climbing that included a timed King (and Queen) of the Mountain ascent on Honey Springs Road, a 10.7 km ascent that average a 5.2 percent gradient. Italy’s Luca Ortolani won the race to the top of the climb in a time of 29:17 followed by Lars Finanger in a time of 29:22 and David Brummer who made it to the top in 30:13.
Canada’s Yew Ann won the women’s timed ascent in a time of 35:47 followed by Athena Countouriotis who rode in 36:32 and Terry Martin Durel in 38:18. “This woman was spectacular because she arrived to the Gran Fondo without her bike and had to borrow a friend’s bike,” said Puglielli. “But she still went out there and did it.”
Gran Fondo USA, organizers of the event, put on a two-day expo that showcased more than 70 exhibitors including top Italian cycling brand Colnago.
The next event will be held at the inaugural event in Los Angeles that will start on Rodeo Drive on June 26 and will coincide with the Dolce Vita week-long Italian festival. The 2nd annual Philadelphia ride will take place on August 14 and the series will conclude at a new venue in Miami on November 20.
Full details of the event appeared on BikeRadar.
Thomas Voeckler became a national hero as he fought to defend the Tour de France leader’s yellow jersey in the second half of the 2011 race. And his special yellow Colnago C59 Italia bike drew as much admiration as his fighting spirit.
Sven Nys is the king of cyclo-cross and despite facing several younger rivals, he again showed his huge talent and consistency by winning a record breaking 13th Superprestige title. He also won an eighth Belgian national title and qualified for the London 2012 Olympic Mountain bike race. Nys is pure class.
Niels Albert struggled with a hand injury for much of the winter but had a day of grace in front of thousands of Belgian fans in Koksijde and won the world title using a Colnago Prestige bike that was perfect for the technically testing course. Albert confirmed he is the future star of cyclo-cross.
Verschoor became the first rider to win a major race at the pro level while racing with Type 1 diabetes. His teammates gave him a perfect set-up and he finished off the work with a flawless sprint with 250 meters to go.
“My teammate was in the break all day, but it was caught with about 40km to go, so the whole team lined up for me in the circuits in town,” Verschoor said. “They were going so fast and did a perfect job that Fabio Calabria finished 4th and Aleksei Shmidt was right behind him.”
Team Type 1 - sanofi Director Sportif Michael Carter said Aldo Ino Ilesic was the squad’s rider in the break, and when he along with the other 8 escapees were absorbed, the field shifted its dynamic and shifted into sprint mode.
“The order was to ride the final circuits like a four-corner crit, and that’s exactly what they did,” Carter said. “The momentum was so fast that we wound up with three guys in the top-10.”
The victory is the team’s second of the year. Alexsandr Efimkin won the Tour of Turkey overall title last month.
Thomas Voeckler headlines a deep and competitive Europcar team for the upcoming Tour de France.
Voeckler will be riding his Colnago into the heat of the battle in a search for stage victories and other spoils during the season’s most prestigious three-week race, set to start Saturday in Vendée region of western France.
Joining Voeckler will be last year’s King of the Mountain champion Anthony Charteau, who is hot off winning a morale-boosting stage at the Route du Sud in June in southern France.
Christophe Kern, the recently crowned French national time trial champion, will add depth for the team’s bid for stage victories through three weeks of intense racing.
Younger riders such as Pierre Roland and Cyril Gautier round out the Europcar squad that promises to go on the attack in the transitions stage as well as in the high mountains.
“The team we bring to the Tour is ambitious and very solid,” said team manager Jean-René Bernaudeau. “We have experienced riders, such as Charteau and Kern, as well as young, talented riders such as Rolland and Gautier. And, of course, we have Thomas Voeckler. We promise to liven up the road and do some beautiful things during the Tour.”
Three riders - Yohann Gene, Vincent Jerome and Perrig Quemeneur -- will be making their respective Tour debuts.
Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) rode his Colnago to a place of honor with third place in a tremendous showdown with archrival Sylvain Chavanel in the French national championship on Sunday. Chavanel withstood a trademark attack from Voeckler, who is showing signs of great fitness just ahead of the start of the 2011 Tour de France. Voeckler was on the attack to defend his French national jersey, but Chavanel poured it on in the closing kilometers.
“I have no regrets. We raced to win, but Chavanel was the strongest today,” Voeckler said at the line. “Europcar made a great race. Everyone did their part to make the selection and then it was up to the favorites. I felt like a marked man today. Everyone was looking to me to make the race, so it made it more complicated. In the end, Chavanel was the strongest.”
Voeckler’s impressive riding comes just a week ahead of the start of the 2011 Tour de France, where he will lead Europcar squad with hopes of a stage victory and animated racing. Voeckler was hoping to defend his French national title, but despite an admirable defense, it just wasn’t possible.
“It was mission impossible,” said Europcar team manager Jean-René Bernaudeau. “Sylvain was too strong. At least we had a beautiful day of racing.”
Last Sunday I was in Beverly Hills for the first ever Gran Fondo Colnago Los Angeles. It was a beautiful sunny day and hot, very hot, maybe even too hot!
The race start was at 7.00 am, I originally wanted to ride the short route but, while riding, I was so focused on my bike and enjoying the amazing scenery I ended up riding the longer one without even thinking about it. I’m sure you know what I mean, occasionally you’re lucky enough to be enjoying a ride so much with your mind focused on your pace, the bike and the road you feel like you could ride forever!
The longer route was 85 miles, going through Topanga and Piuma canyon (7000 ft alt), stunning views all the way. I managed to finish in around 4 hours, really satisfied with my time and so pleased about the fantastic day on my bike.
After such a good ride my great day continued as I looked forward to a wonderful lunch with Andy Garcia.
Unfortunately I had to leave straight after, back to Italy, but after such a great experience I’m ready for another Gran Fondo Colnago.
See you in Philadelphia in August!
Alessandro Brambilla Colnago
The C59 Italia is the pinnacle of the 2013 Colnago range. A custom made 100% carbon fibre racing machine designed, built and painted in Italy. With a frame weighing approximately 1000g it features an internally ribbed top tube shaped similar to the iconic Colnago Master frame. Frame efficiency is further increased by the use of specific square section chainstays and seatstays.
Two versions are available: One for electronic shifting systems such as Shimano Di2/Campagnolo EPS, and one for traditional mechanical shifting systems. Small features on each type of frame are changed subtly to ensure that the ride quality, performance and reliability are identical, no matter which one you choose.
Light, strong and efficient it is made to fit you perfectly and is the result of decades of experience and knowledge in producing lugged carbon fibre bicycle chassis. This allows the Colnago engineering knowledge and vast levels of experience to be applied to every rider of a C59 Italia, ensuring you are rewarded with a ride that is beyond comparison.
The new Colnago for Ferrari CF8 represents the pinnacle of technology in the production of Colnago carbon fibre frames.
The frame is hand made to measure, due to special technology that allows us to assemble carbon tubes and lugs getting an extraordinary stiffness and endurance combination. The main tube of the frame is made from a polygonal section in varying thicknesses. This is reinforced internally with a laminated support that provides a handling and steering precision far superior to conventional standards.
To dress this masterpiece we have chosen the best components on the market today. The Colnago for Ferrari CF8 is equipped with Campagnolo EPS -the electronic shifting system that is much faster and more precise than a traditional mechanical groupset. The saddle choice is the new SLR Monolink carbon which, thanks to the unique central rail, provides greater comfort and less friction in the groin area. Colnago integrated handlebar in carbon fibre with anatomic profile adds the final touch. The bike wheels are full carbon Mavic Cosmic Ultimate, all carbon starting from the hubs, through to the spokes and finishing in the high-profile aerodynamic rims. Another amazing feature is the Vittoria handmade tubular, with 23mm section. The 2013 Colnago for Ferrari CF8 has a new red and white look and will be produced in a limited edition of 200 pieces.
The M10 S features a monocoque frame and shares the top spot of the Colnago range together with the C59 Italia. New lamination technology and composite materials used in the manufacturing process of the M10 S make it lighter, whilst also being stiffer laterally. This is also partly due to the increased bottom bracket size, but the frame also features increased vertical absorption to provide more comfort and yet deliver greater performance. With the C-HS1 tapered headtube and a new fork, the M10 S is designed to be precise on descents and smoother through corners. Internal cable routing for clean lines complements the M10 S’s classic Colnago design. The same frame is compatible for both Di2/EPS electronic groupsets and traditional mechanical groupsets. This allows Colnago to offer the perfect solution to your needs, without sacrificing any reliability or performance.
CX-1 Evo is a true modern classic. Already a winner of multiple stages at the Giro d’Italia, Tour de France and Paris-Nice.
The bike is designed with a monocoque front triangle with polygonal cross-section tubes moulded in one piece, combined with the square cross-section chainstays to maximize stiffness and give precise manoeuvrability.
The main new feature on the CX-1 Evo is the choice of frame for a mechanical or electronic groupset. The rear brake cable routing is now internal, while the mechanical groupsets cabling remain external, under the down tube. The frame is available in 8 sizes.
CLX 3.0 frame is completely new in 2013. The monocoque front triangle has many new features: internal routing of the rear brake cable, new different section C-HS1 headset system and a new fork made to work perfectly in combination with the new headset.
The square chainstays have been developed following the design outlook of the whole Colnago range, having a square shaped cross section to guarantee more stiffness for greater pedalling efficiency.
The best news is the possibility to have it with the electronic Di2 groupset. It will be available in 8 different sloping sizes. CLX 3.0, quality and excellence from Colnago.
The Ace offers head-turning style with spine-saving comfort. Specifically designed to provide an easy ride for Gran Fondo riders and those who are just starting to take their cycling seriously the Ace provides a more upright and comfortable position than our standard geometries. The frame is a carbon fibre monocoque and features round main tubes and square chainstays. The study of cross-sections, combined with a careful analysis of the layout of the carbon fibres has made it possible to maximise comfort without compromising lateral stiffness for performance and riding pleasure. Available in eight sloping sizes and three colour variations.