History of the Gran Fondo Dead Sea Arad
The Gran Fondo (GF) road cycling events began in Italy in the 1970’s involving a timed course of at least 120km with a mass start of riders. In the last 45 years many GF events have been established throughout Europe and North America. The first Israeli Gran Fondo the “Clal Health Gran Fondo”, took place in April 2012.
Since then it has taken place in the north of Israel from the Gilboa region to Mount Hermon and in the south from the Dead Sea to Sde Boker. In 2015 the Gran Fondo Dead Sea joined forces with the Israel Cycling Federation, the organisers of the Tour of Arad. Together we created the largest international road cycling event in Israel the Gran Fondo Dead Sea Arad Cycling Festival.