Gran Fondo, Giro d'Italia
The Gran Fondo of the Giro d'Italia was restarted in 2015, with amateurs riding the Queen Stage in the Dolomites, between Pinzolo and Aprica in the Brenta Dolomites. The course was 100 kilometres long with 2400 (around 7800 feet) metres of ascent and if you made the cut at Aprica in 4 hours and 30 minutes then there was a chance to continue for the whole pro course, which consisted of another 75 kilometres over the Mortirolo and another 1850 metres (6000 feet) of climbing.
The official Gran Fondo website is at granfondogiroditalia.com. James Henderson entered the 2015 event and wrote about it in the Financial Times' luxury magazine How to Spend it. Read the article here... And see some images of the race below.