PREVIEW: Experience the fun and quiet roads at the new Davidson Gran Fondo
Fondo Cycling Circuit’s new series brings the Gran Fondo format to new destinations across the North East. The Davidson Gran Fondo, August 4 – 5, in North Carolina, promises a great weekend of cycling!
Davidson, NC is a small sleepy college town just 20 miles north of Charlotte on the banks of the beautiful and tranquil Lake Norman, a mecca for outdoor pursuits and boasts 18 breweries, beer and wine shops.
Three routes; the Piccolo Fondo, Medio Fondo and Gran Fondo have been superbly designed to offer participants a superb day’s riding on fast, challenging, beautiful and quiet roads used regularly by local cyclists. The three standard distances of 33.2, 49.4 and 74.5 miles cater to cyclists of all abilities. Enjoy fast, super smooth, quiet roads whilst you pass countless farms, through cool and shaded forests.
The event venue on the Village Green in the heart of Davidson hosts all the activities. Saturday hosts the retail Expo, packet pickup and late registration. You can sit back and relax after the ride, enjoy the food trucks, craft beer and live music on the Sunday.
The Davidson Gran Fondo is the opening round of Fondo Cycling Circuit USA's new series of six Gran Fondo's across Eastern USA.
The Gran Fondo
The Gran Fondo is 74.5 miles and contains 2,832 feet of climbing with three timed sections and will suit more experienced cyclists.
It boasts three feed stations that will allow you to hyrdate and re-fuel around route.
GPS Download: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27386413
Leaving the village green heading west, it’s pretty much downhill on Rocky River Road for 6 miles, before the peloton turns north and climbs gently for the next 8 miles on Rocky River Road Hills.
The Deal Road Patterson Climb, starts at mile 14, a 4 mile climb containing 200 feet at an average of 1%. Halfway up the Deal Road Patterson climb after 16 miles is the first feed station. It’s at this point the Piccolo riders turn south, whilst the Gran Fondo and Medio riders continue north an undulating roads to Mooresville Road after 22.5 miles, where the Medio riders turn south towards Five Points.
The Gran Fondo route continues north to reach Mount Ulla after 26 miles, however, they have to tackle the Centenary Climb which is 0.7 of a mile, 99 feet at an average of 3%. The fastest rider is Scott Michaels from Saint Cloud, Florida, in a time of 1m 28s.
The Gran Fondo route turns south after 31 miles towards Bear Poplar on undulating roads. South through Bear Poplar and Gran riders will reach the second feed station at Sloan Park after 37 miles, which marks the halfway mark. Gran riders continue east for 5 miles before turning south. Along the way Gran riders will enjoy the undulating climbs on Miller road, Weaver Road and Patterson road before reaching the third feed station after 57 miles.
It’s here the Gran Fondo riders will join the Piccolo and Medio Fondo riders for a slight respite for 4 miles, heading back towards Davidson. Riders will tackle the Archer Climb containing 200 feet of climbing over 1.5 miles at an average of 2% gradient. Local ride Travis Jentz holds the KOM of 4m 6s
https://www.strava.com/segments/854617 (Gran, Medio and Piccolo)
Johnson Dairy Climb
After descending down riders tackle the final climb of Johnson Dairy Road to Shearers, 0.75 mile climb with 118 feet ascent at an average of 3%. Local rider Travis Jentz holds the KOM of in a time of 2m 1s .
https://www.strava.com/segments/2605141 (Gran, Medio and Piccolo)
It’s undulating for 2.5 miles before descending down to the lowest point at 70 miles for the Gran, 45.5 for the Medio and 29 miles for the Piccolo.
The end is in sight, it’s the final climb back up East Rock Road for 4 miles until you arrive at the Village Green to celebrate your achievements and hot food, craft beer and live music!
The routes suit all abilities and the 75 mile Gran Fondo contains over 2,800 feet of climbing on undulating roads with a dozen climbs, with up to 250 feet of climbing and gradients of up to 6%.
For experienced riders the Gran Fondo will be a fast ride on superbly quiet roads!
The Medio Fondo
The Medio Fondo is 49.4 miles and contains 1,914 feet of climbing with two timed sections and will suit intermediate cyclists.
It boasts two feed stations that will allow you to hyrdate and re-fuel around route.
The Medio Fondo is a challenging, but fun ride!
GPS Download: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27386297
The Piccolo Fondo
The Piccolo Fondo is 33.2 miles and contains 1,360 feet of climbing with two timed sections (Archer, Johnson) and will suit beginners.
It has one fully stocked feed station that will allow you to hyrdate and re-fuel halfway around the route.
The Piccolo Fondo is a doable ride with a few climbs thrown in for fun!
GPS Download: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27685579
Late Registration and Packet Pickup
Riders can pick up their start packet or register late at the venue at Village Green, 216 S Main Street, Davidson NC 28036
Sat August 4, 2018: 2:00PM – 6:00PM
Sun August 5, 2018: 6:30AM – 7:30AM
Sun August 5, 2018: 8:00AM Start (all rides)
Each athlete will receive a finishers medal!
The KOM and QOM winners for the Gran, Medio and Piccolo Fondo will receive recognition on the FCC USA website.
Register Now to Secure a Place
Each cyclist will receive a t-shirt, sling bag, finisher medal, water bottle, tickets to the food trucks and craft beer, plus other amenities. The ride incluides Start-to-finish chip timing, including timed sections, police controlled start, fully stocked aid stations and on-course mechanical support.
Places are limited so early entry is advised to secure a place. Prices increase July 6th, so sign up now and save by clicking in register button below. For more details, please visit: http://fondocyclingcircuitusa.com/davidson-nc
The first 100 cyclists to register for any of the FCCUSA events (Medio and Gran Fondo routes only) will receive a free Pearl Izumi SELECT Escape LTD cycling jersey.