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Ride the Wilmington Grand Prix’s 6th Annual Delaware Gran Fondo
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Ride the Wilmington Grand Prix´s 6th Annual Delaware Gran Fondo

Experience one of the most scenic cycling routes in the U.S. as the Wilmington Grand Prix’s 6th Annual Delaware Gran Fondo on May 21st 2017 offers cyclists the unique opportunity to traverse a challenging 100-kilometer course.

The Brandywine Valley offers some of the best cycling terrain on the East Coast for Delaware's premier ride.  A Media Fondo is also offered., so you can decide on the day, which distance you'd like to ride. 

Make a weekend of it and watch the Grand Prix and ride the Gran Fondo!

Registration is now open.

 
Registration opens for Fourth Edition of the SLO Gran Fondo
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Registration opens for Fourth Edition of the SLO Gran Fondo

The fourth edition of this classic annual fall cycling event, presented by VisitAvilaBeach.com, will again feature three routes of 25 miles, 61 miles or 100 miles that all showcase the scenic Central Coast of California.

Enjoy epic coastal and wine country vistas, in 70 degree fall weather over rolling miles of clean open road, October 28th - 29th, 2017 in San Luis Obispo County, California.

A limited amount of tickets are available for the VIP Recovery Ride & Wine Event with Bob Roll and our pro riders starting and ending in Avila Beach at Sinor-Lavallee wine tasting room.

Early registration is advised as the event sells out in advance.

 
Do You Rollfast?
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Do You Rollfast?

The USA’s Fastest Century. The Rollfast Gran Fondo has always been a fast ride. The course is flat and sheltered from wind by tall Indiana corn. In 2015 a challenge was submitted to finish in under 4 hours. By 2016, the legend had spread across the borders of the United States into Canada and even Puerto Rico. “This is one fast event.”

In 2017 added neutral moto support will be provided. Live video feeds will give the feel of a WorldTour event on the front of the pack and finishers will be rewarded with a custom belt buckle for their efforts. 

Your chance to join the SUB4 or SUB5 club.

Registration is open but is limited to 800 riders only.

 
Top 15 U.S. Gran Fondos for 2017
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Top 15 U.S. Gran Fondos for 2017

Each year we like to reflect on the previous season, recognizing those rides that have innovated, inspired and motivated cyclists, supported worthy causes and contributed to the phenomenal growth of the U.S. Gran Fondo scene.

Each of these rides have achieved great things in their own special and unique way. 

So make sure you add at least one of these to your Bucket List this year.

 
Giordana GFNCS releases Gran Fondo Florida timed sections ahead of March 26th
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Giordana GFNCS releases Gran Fondo Florida timed sections ahead of March 26th

Centered in the rolling orange groves of Pasco and Hernando County, north of Tampa, the Gran Fondo Florida travels along rural rolling hills, orange groves, past horse farms and crystal clear springs.

There are 3 distances on offer; the 35 mile Piccolo Fondo, the 55 mile Medio Fondo and the 100 mile Gran Fondo. Distances to suit all abilities and early season form or lack of it.

Get ready to burn that Xmas turkey and win some prizes too! 

Register now and save 20%!

 
Top 15 Toughest Gravel Grinders out West
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Top 10 Toughest Gravel Grinders Out West

Whats the toughest challenge in cycling? For weekend riders looking to test their mettle, it just may be Gravel Grinding.

Gravel Grinding is an emerging style of cycling that's done on paved, unpaved, backcountry roads covered in crushed limestone, granite, flint, or whatever rock happens to be around. Imagine pedalling over jagged marbles, or if it rains, through chunky peanut butter. In some places, gravel roads are like rutted, bone-jarring washboards.

Here's our guide to the toughest events on the West Coast of the U.S.A., that have announced 2017 dates.

 
The Cheaha Challenge – Your Chance to Wear the Rainbow Stripes
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The Cheaha Challenge – Your Chance to Wear the Rainbow Stripes

The UCI Gran Fondo World Series returns to the U.S.A. with the Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo, Century and ULTRA in Jacksonville, Alabama on May 21st 2017. If you finish in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place or in the top 25% of your age group in the Century ride, you will qualify for the 2017 UCU Gran Fondo World Championships in Albi, France in late August, and a shot at one of the World Champion Rainbow Jerseys!

"The toughest ride in the South," the Cheaha Challenge, challenges riders over Mount Cheaha, the highest point in Alabama.

Aswell as the UCI Qualifier, there are $5,000 dollars of prizes on offer on the Century and ULTRA distance rides, across 10 age categories.

Registration is now open!

 
Ride the Chico Wildflower on April 30th
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Ride the Chico Wildflower Century on April 30th

Northern California’s Chico Wildflower Century has been listed in Bicycling magazine as a "Top Ten Century". It’s one of the most popular century rides on the West Coast with over 4,000 participants taking part each year.  

The event features 8 different rides to cater for families and all abilities, ranging from the 12 mile children’s ride for families, right up to the Wildcat 125 mile challenge.

The 2017 Wildflower will be a great day for everyone who loves to eat, breathe, drink, and pedal!

 
Vermont Gran Fondo Back with Focus on Rider Comforts
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Vermont Gran Fondo Back with Focus on Rider Comforts

Fourth edition of “quadruple-gap century” returns with later July 1st date, with a special emphasis on the rider experience.

The Green Mountain State’s premier cycling event already has a reputation for challenging climbs and breathtaking views, and will once again offer an abundance of both as the routes criss-cross Addison County.

Both routes will once again include an ascent of the eastern slope of Lincoln Gap, whose 24% maximum grade includes the steepest paved mile in the U.S.

Sign up before the New Year and get 10% off registration.

 
Getting Fit and Prepared for Fondo Season
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Getting Fit and Prepared for Fondo Season

Whether your goal is to ride your first Gran Fondo or you’re choosing from the ever-growing list of challenging gravel grinders, now is the time to begin your training!

Having ample time for preparation is critical to ensuring a successful race and riding season. There are several components that aid in a proper build up to your first event of the season. Having a solid foundation or base, focus on anaerobic fitness, and course race-specific training are all a part of a well-rounded training plan.

You can ensure success if you allow yourself plenty of time, and follow these basic guidelines.

 
VIDEO: Hot Disc Brake Concerns Raised in the Pro Peloton
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Hot Disc Brake Concerns Raised in the Pro Peloton

Pro cyclist posts video of how hot disc brakes can get under extreme braking.

The UCI originally trialled disc brakes in professional road cycling at the end of the 2015 season, and allowed widespread use in 2016, but they were banned after Francisco Ventoso suffered a deep gash to his leg at Paris-Roubaix.

June’s restart of the disc brake trial included one key modification to existing equipment in order to address at least one of those issues — rounded edges on rotors, so as to minimize the chance of laceration.

The possibility of contact burns from rotors that have become hot after braking on long descents seems to still be an issue.