ORANGE COUNTY, New York – Wrenegade Sports is pleased to announce the inaugural Colavita | Fine Cooking – Farm to Fork Fondo. The mass-participation cycling ride will be held June 28, 2015, at Cedar Lakes Estate in Orange County, New York, with 500 participants expected. The culinary-focused and community-driven athletic event will highlight the agriculture in the region with catered meals and mid-ride aid stations made from Colavita Italian specialty products, Fine Cooking Magazine recipes, and locally-sourced ingredients. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to local Orange County farms and charitable organizations via an innovative Volunteer Competition. The event is organized by Wrenegade Sports, whose company mission is to create original combinations of health, social good, community and fun into unique and exciting athletic events.
The Colavita | Fine Cooking – Farm to Fork Fondo will consist of four ride distance options and will begin with a celebratory mass start lead by the accomplished women of the Colavita | Bianchi Professional Cycling Team presented by Fine Cooking. Each option, from 11 to 93 miles in length, will include rest stops at working Orange County farms featuring locally-sourced hors d'oeurves. The beautiful rural rides pass bucolic landscapes and through the heart of the famous Orange County “black dirt” muck soil region, and will highlight the importance of the local agriculture that supplies much of New York City and the surrounding region.
The Colavita | Fine Cooking – Farm to Fork Fondo will be hosted by Cedar Lakes Estate, a 500-acre secluded oasis in Greenville, New York, with extensive vegetable gardens, red-water lakes, cedar forests and elegant on-site lodging. Head chef Lisa Karvellas is a decorated farm-to-table specialist trained at the French Culinary Institute in Manhattan and in Tuscany and Sicily, Italy.
The Colavita | Fine Cooking – Farm to Fork Fondo will benefit local Orange County farms and organizations via the Volunteer Competition. Volunteers filling jobs such as staffing aid stations and marshaling intersections will be organized into teams each representing different local farms. These teams will compete for participants' votes with their support and creativity, and the winning volunteer teams will win cash prizes for the farms they represent. Wrenegade Sports is actively seeking cash sponsorships for the Volunteer Competition and 100% of any donations received will be awarded to local Orange County farms at the event. Interested sponsors can contact Wrenegade Sports at Info@WrenegadeSports.com.
Additional event partners include Sun-Maid, and international cycling industry brands Bianchi Bicycles, Castelli, Vittoria, Rudy Project, CycleOps, Chamois Butt'r, GU Energy Labs, Ride With GPS, Raw Revolution, Stan's NoTubes, BikeReg, Pro Gold, Z Blok and BarFly.
Visit www.FarmForkFondo.com for more information on the Colavita | Fine Cooking – Farm to Fork Fondo and to register for the event.
About Wrenegade Sports
Based in Rensselaerville, New York, Wrenegade Sports' mission is to whip up perfect combinations of health, social good, community and fun into unique and exciting events. The guiding company principles are: to promote physical activity in a fun and supportive environment; to create achievable challenges for people of all ages and physical abilities; to benefit event host communities; and to use the company events to do social good. The 2014 Wrenegade Sports event the Rensselaerville Cycling Festival was named by Men's Journal as one of “The Best 11 Gran Fondos in America.”