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We start the episodes of most popular cycling events with the most popular granfondo in Italy.

What exactly is a Granfondo or Gran Fondo?

Originated in Italy both terms are used for mass-participation cycling events of an amateur or competitive nature, held over a long distance. In Italy it is officially defined and certified by the Italian Cycling Federation as a bicycle event of at least 120 km (75 mi), and are individually chip-timed (start to finish) races. Outside of Italy the term granfondo or gran fondo is commonly used for cyclosportive events though those rides might only have timed segments, which Battistrada categorizes as cyclosportives, sportives or just bike rides.

In Italy the term granfondo is also used for long distances MTB races (called MTB Granfondo) who are shorter than a Cross-Country Marathon or XCM Marathon. In this list we excluded the MTB granfondo.

Top 10 most popular granfondo in Italy

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10.  Granfondo Pinarello (Veneto region)

The next edition Granfondo Pinarello will take place on Sunday, July 9 with start and finish in Treviso (Pinarello headquarters), Veneto region, Italy. The road bike event offers a Granfondo and a Mediofondo route pedalling through the Prosecco Hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, the extraordinary lands where a wine of international prestige is produced ... read more

9.  Gran Fondo Il Lombardia (Lombardy)

Ranked in 9th place we find the granfondo version of the Tour of Lombardy, only recently established (2017),  making it now possible for everybody to ride all five Cycling Monuments in cycling history. 

The Gran Fondo Il Lombardia route, around Lake Como, region of Lombardy, doesn't cover the entire route of the pro race but includes the 2 monumental climbs, La Madonna del Ghisallo and Muro di Sormano ... read more

8.  Granfondo Colnago (Lombardy)

The Granfondo Colnago is nowadays part of the Colnago Cycling Festival which is offering a weekend of bicycle fun. Granfondo Colnago edition 2023 will take place on Sunday, April 16 with start and finish in Desenzano del Garda (Lago di Garda) and offers a granfondo and mediofondo route ... read more

7.  Granfondo VENEtoGO (Veneto region)

Established in 2021, the Granfondo VENEtoGO is not a "conventional" granfondo, but a unique social ride that will be a prelude to the Veneto Classic for professionals, pedalling the same roads of the finale. 

As the 2023 edition of the ride hasn’t been announced yet, you can add the event to « my Bucket List » and we will notify you ... read more

6.  Maratona dles Dolomites  (Trentino-Alto Adige)

Maratona dles Dolomites is definitely one of the biggest cyclosportive events in Europe, welcoming yearly approximately 8.000 competitors to climb the stunning Dolomites peaks Passo Pordoi, Passo Giau, ... read more

5.  Granfondo Cicloturistica Strada del Tartufo Mantovano (Lombardy)

The Granfondo Cicloturistica Strada del Tartufo Mantovano is the only event offering flat routes in this list. 

As the 2023 edition of the ride hasn’t been announced yet, you can add the event to « my Bucket List » and we will notify you ... read more 

4.  Gran Fondo Dell'Uva  (Emilia-Romagna)

The Gran Fondo Dell'Uva is part of the circuit Giro Dell'appennino Bolognese E Valli Di Comacchio, offering 3 routes riding south of Bologna.

As the 2023 edition of the ride hasn’t been announced yet, you can add the event to « my Bucket List » and we will notify you ... read more 

3.  Granfondo Tre Valli Varesine  (Lombardy)

Being part of the UCI Gran Fondo World Series, the Granfondo Tre Valli Varesine might need no introduction for the granfondo addicts. 

Granfondo Tre Valli Varesine 2023 will take place in the last weekend of september, offering 3 routes crossing the three valleys that give the name to the competition: the Valcuvia, the Valganna and the Valtravaglia ... read more

2.  Gran Fondo Strade Bianche  (Tuscany)

Our runner up, the Gran Fondo Strade Bianche, which crosses the beautiful Tuscan countryside and ends in the famous Piazza del Campo in Siena, has become rapidly a bucket list ride for many riders ... read more

1.  Granfondo Ischia 100 (Campania)

Our winner, the Granfondo Ischia 100, is the only Southern Italian event on this list. 

Although the 2022 edition has been postponed to 2023, the granfondo on the beautiful island of Ischia in the Gulf of Naples is now scheduled for 7 May ... read more

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