Race Central, J Cycling Enterprises, and DRC Sports Timing Services & Athletic Event Management present the inaugural Giro d'Italia Ride Like a Pro USA cycling event at the Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village on Saturday, January 13 and Sunday, January 14, 2024. The Grand Marshal for this special event is the 2022 and 2023 National Gran Fondo Champion, Owen Shott.
This exclusive two-day event features competitive and and noncompetitive cycling races, and an Italian-themed expo, bringing the spirit of European tours such as the Tour de France, Giro d'Italia, and Vuelta d'España to historic St. Augustine.
All participants registered for this event will receive a full-color event t-shirt, a drawstring swag bag, free race photos, a custom bib, a custom finisher's medal, an official event program, and a chance to win a $500.00 Giro d'Italia shopping spree. Riders will also have access to on-course food and water station support, mechanical support, post-race food and beverage, entertainment, and a chance to win more prizes in the expo drawings. Riders over 21 will also receive free wine. Riders registered for the Gran Fondo, Medio, or Piccolo races receive extra perks including a custom Giro Pro cycling jersey, a ticket to the Saturday night pasta dinner, and a ticket to the post-race Grand Italian Celebration.
6:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. — Packet Pickup for Gran Fondo & Ragazzi Fun Ride 6:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. — Tour of Italy Village Expo 6:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. — Bag Drop Off/Pick Up 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. — VIP Salon 6:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. — Ragazzi Kids' Breakfast 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. — Ragazzi Fun Ride 9:30 a.m. — 4 Mile Kids Quattro Ride Start 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. — Ragazzi Fun Riders Lunch at Piazza 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. — Entertainment at Premio Stage 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. — Great Pasta Dinner at Expo 9:00 p.m. — Expo Closes
Sunday (Gran Fondo Race Day):
6:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. — Tour of Italy Village Expo & VIP Salon 6:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. — Bag Drop Off/Pick Up 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. — VIP Viewing Tent 9:00 a.m. — Gran Fondo, Medio, & Piccolo Races Start 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. — Italian Luncheon & Entertainment at Piazza 2:00 p.m. — Awards at Premio Stage 3:00 p.m. — Expo Closes
Gran Fondo - Long Course (86.5 miles): This longest route of the event, this course begins at the Renaissance Resort and heads towards Fruit Cove. It then follows the St. Johns River down into rural Hastings and Elkton. The course winds through the scenic World Golf Village before finishing at the starting point.
Medio - Medium Course (60.8 miles): This mid-length course overlaps with the Gran Fondo, extending towards Fruit Cove and following the St. Johns River to Elkton. It then cuts across Elkton and heads North through the World Golf Village and to the finish line at the Renaissance Resort.
Piccolo - Short Course (33.5 miles): The shortest route makes a more direct loop, traveling up to Fruit Cove before traveling along the St. Johns River. The Piccolo route avoids the more distant rural loops of the longer courses as it cuts back at County Road 208 and finishes at the Renaissance Resort.
Raggazie Fun Race (33, 60, or 86 miles): These non-competitive routes are for riders 14 years or older as they are open-course races.
Kids Quattro (4 miles): This non-competitive course, not shown above, is a closed course for riders under 14 years old.