Cascade Gran Fondo
The Cascade Gran Fondo Bike Race will take place August 18-20, 2011 and is expected to draw more than 1,000 riders. Chris Horner, a world class road cyclist and resident of Bend, Oregon will kick off the first Cascade Gran Fondo fundraising cycling event in Bend this August. Gran Fondos are long-distance, mass participation cycling events popular in Italy. They’re open to recreational and competitive cyclists alike. “I’m excited to be able to host the Cascade Gran Fondo in Bend this summer,” said Chris Horner, professional cyclist for Team RadioShack. “It will be a great opportunity for riders from all over the world to come together and explore one of my favorite rides, as well as enjoy all of the fantastic things Bend has to offer.”
Thursday, August 18 will include a Q&A session with Chris and other members of the cycling community. Friday, August 19 will involve a VIP dinner for participants, community members, sponsors and top fundraisers. Saturday, August 20 will be the big ride in conjunction with an all day expo and outdoor festival. Proceeds from the ride and the fundraising efforts of the riders will go to support Livestrong, Mount Bachelor Ski & Education Foundation, and World Bicycle Relief.