TOUR OF GEORGIA GRAN FONDO TO START & END IN CLAYTON

CLAYTON, GA – March 22, 2013 – Northern Georgia will host the second cycling event in the new Gran Fondo National Championship SeriesSM (GFNCS) on Sunday, April 14 in the heart of Rabun County in Clayton.
A gran fondo is a cycling challenge that takes bicycle racing to the next level. Gran fondos are a hybrid of competitive road racing and casual century rides. The area around Clayton and the surrounding counties provide an ideal setting for the second event in the GFNCS 2013 circuit. Three courses are offered, including 33, 68 and 108-mile journeys which are divided into timed sections, and have fully stocked aid stations on the route. The Tour of Georgia Gran Fondo promises a great riding experience for every type of rider.  A portion of the registration fee will be donated to SADD.
“I’m excited the organizers choose Clayton for this event,” said Pete Cleaveland of the Rabun County CVB. “Gran fondo bicycle racing is fast becoming the next endurance sports discipline. It will bring in people from all over the region, many who have never been here. They will come, experience the beauty and adventure, and return. 24 years ago organizers started the now famous Six Gap Century out of Dahlonega with a few riders. This year they had almost 2,500 participants and it was a full weekend event. That’s a pretty good model.”
The Tour of Georgia Gran Fondo starts and ends at The Universal Joint, 109 N Main St. Clayton. Riders will pass through Tiger Mountain Vineyards and Stonewall Creek Vineyard, Glassy Mountain, Unicoi State Park, Hogpen Gap and the Bavarian-inspired town of Helen. Registration is available online at www.bikereg.com/Net/17422 or in person at the race site on Saturday afternoon 4/13/13 and Sunday 3/14/13 before the race start. Visit www.gfncs.com for more event details.
The Gran Fondo National Championship SeriesSM, established in 2012, is comprised of six European‐style ride/races staged in the United States including Golden, Co; Central Florida; Boone, NC; New Jersey Highlands and Fredrick, Md. The series is sponsored by Specialized Bicycle Components, Bertucci Performance Field Watches, Hammer Nutrition, and Descente Ltd. Founder and President Reuben Kline has over 22 years of experience in the bicycle industry, including five years as a professional mountain bike rider, six years as a full‐time race director and 17 years as promoter of the Michaux Endurance Series. In 2010 Reuben was featured in the award­‐winning documentary film Ride The Divide. The company is headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area. For more information visit www.gfncs.com