While gran fondos have been major amateur recreational cycling events in Europe (most notably Italy) for decades that draw thousands of participants, the “gran fondo” or “big ride” is relatively new to the American cycling scene. But within the span of just a few years, gran fondos have sprung up across the United States, from New York to San Francisco – drawing thousands of cyclists with diverse backgrounds in the sport that range from racers, to club riders, to the casual two-wheel enthusiast.
The end of another academi
Whether you’re a first-time participant or an elite runner, crossing the finish line of a race is sweetest in the moment when the symbol of achievement is awarded. For most races, medals and ribbons are standard, but for the Gazelle Girl Half Marathon and many other women’s-only events across the country, we’ve recognized a trend and desire for something you can wear every day.
When it comes to sports in West Michigan, we are fortunate to have not only many teams to watch, but events in which to participate. And this winter is no exception.