I updated my Gran Fondo New York post last year, in which I gave advice about riding in the second annual event. (The third annual Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York is Sunday, May 19.) You can find my new advice on how to ride a gran fondo on the Orlando Sentinel Run, Ride Work Out blog.
I passed on the Gran Fondo NY this year after dealing with some tendon and heel problems. I intend to sign up for the fourth annual ride in 2014 and will be cheering all the gran fondo riders from afar.