Mass participation road cycling events known as cyclosportives and gran fondos are enjoying a global boom. They appeal to the newcomer and experienced cyclist alike, as they offer both a challenge and a change of scenery. They're generally not as hard as road races as they can be ridden at any pace without fear of falling behind the pack. That said, there's a strong tradition of gran fondos in Europe that are organised and ridden as races, albeit with huge field.
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