Olympic champion Alexi Grewal will join hundreds of riders in Snowmass, Colorado, Sunday, August 10, to ride the 95-mile Snowmass-Aspen Gran Fondo Italia. Winner of the 1984 Olympic road race in Los Angeles, Grewal lives in Colorado.

Grewal has put together a training primer for riders who are looking to tackle their first gran fondo.

In 2011, Grewal, then 50, attempted a comeback, competing at the Redlands Cycling Classic, hoping to ride in his home state’s inaugural USA Pro Challenge. That didn’t work out, however, and in December of that year, however, he called off his comeback attempt.

The event will be the first in a series of five rides taking place throughout the U.S., with the final event happening in Rio de Janeiro, November 16. This year will be Gran Fondo Italia’s fifth season of events. The organizer claims that more than 30,000 cyclists have toed the line in their competitive rides since 2009.

Gran Fondo Italia also announced a new partnership with Italian helmet manufacturer Kask. Angelo Gotti, CEO of KASK said, “Gran Fondo Italia brings the best of an incredible Italian cycling tradition to destinations worldwide, and its heritage, expertise and passion matches that of KASK, making it a natural organization to partner with.”

Registration is open for all 2014 Gran Fondo Italia events.