The Roswell City Council has given approval in concept to a major cycling event and festival that could bring more than 1,000 riders to the city this fall.
At a special called meeting on Monday, the council voted 6-0 to tentatively approve the city's involvement in the Atlanta-Roswell Giro d'Italia Gran Fondo Bicycling Ride and Festival in October.
The measure still needs final approval, including funding and contract specifics.
The event, which would take place Oct. 18-19, is being organized by the Southern Bike League, which sought to gauge the city's interest now to move ahead with planning and logistics. Bike Roswell also will serve as a partner.
The Gran Fondo concept includes a European tour-style simulated race, smaller races, a full-fledged festival for cycling enthusiasts and a gala dinner.