Between 620 and 630 registered… Five months before the Gran Fondo New York’s Lourdes-Tourmalet race, the number of registered participants has already surpassed last year’s number of participants.
Between 620 and 630 registered from 23 different nationalities… The bicycle race between Lourdes and Tourmalet finds its place in the French proposals for the Gran Fondo New York and even shows the best progress.
Last year, approximately 540 competitors started in one of the brand’s seven French races held worldwide. Therefore, the next edition on June 23, 2024 promises to be even more popular.
Organizer Cédric Haas sets a limit of one thousand people. Mohamed Dilmi, Deputy Commissioner for Sport of the City of Lourdes, invites local cycling enthusiasts to express their interest quickly, as the maximum number of participants is likely to be reached this year.
Average four nights
A great event for the city of Lourdes. Elected official and deputy director of the tourism office, Laurent Ponzo, recalls: These amateur cyclists, who are impressed both by the quality of the organization and the route, are often accompanied by them.
They stay at the place where they race for an average of four nights. Their ages range from their twenties to their sixties. They also have an above average shopping cart.
While Gran Fondo New York draws on Lourdes’ international reputation and legendary Tourmalet pass to deliver a unique experience, the city of Lourdes also benefits from the brand’s flare and symbolizes its proximity to the Col du Tourmalet among cyclists.
It’s notorious on both sides, but it also allows the city to reaffirm its cycling brand. And sports in general. Because if Human Powered Health’s women’s team, which has grown with seven new players, has chosen Lourdes as its base camp, the city is hoping to attract other talent as well.
Neighbors Division Paloise and Aviron Bayonnais met at the Antoine-Béguère stadium and Mohamed Dilmi hopes that the new lighting will make it possible to welcome other teams as well.
Reaffirm the image of a sporting city, also with the City by Bicycle label, and present it to tour operators… Therefore, the tourist office has prepared a new offer with electric bike tours, including “pre-tour tours”. ” With tourism professionals at the end of March 2024.
The hoped-for tourist diversity is slowly taking shape.