Roswell in race for Italian cycling event

Organizers want Giro d’Italia



ROSWELL, Ga. – One of professional cycling’s largest events, the Giro d’Italia, is looking to come to Roswell this year.

The three-week long race takes place in Italy every year. In an effort to promote Italian culture and the feel of the event throughout the world, the race is going on tour, with a “Gran Fondo,” a daylong bike ride of more than 100 miles.

And they want to come to Atlanta – or more specifically, to Roswell.

“They are looking to have one in Atlanta, and the Southern Bicycle League suggested Roswell as the best place in the area to ride,” said Roswell Transportation Director Steve Acenbrak. “We think there might be between 1,000 and 1,500 riders.”

Roswell is known as a bicycle-friendly community, and has several races and events throughout the year.

The Gran Fondo is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 18-19.

As part of the event, there will be a bike expo at Roswell City Hall on Saturday and the ride would be Sunday.

“What it will mean to Roswell is the prestige of holding an international bike event here,” Acenbrak said. “It could bring a great deal of media coverage and tourism dollars.”

The Giro is anxious to announce their 2014 schedule, so Roswell held a special meeting Monday night, Jan. 6, to get final approval from the City Council. Last year, the Giro d’Italia had similar events in New York City, Los Angeles and Miami. They also had an event in Jerusalem.

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