Giordana GFNCS releases Gran Fondo Florida timed sections ahead of March 26th
Who says Florida is flat?
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, suit all abilities and early season form - or lack of it.
Get ready to burn that Xmas turkey!
Starting in San Antonio, the route heads north through the Rosanna Mauch Estates. The first part of the route is undulating and contains some climbing. Continuing north, through Spring Lake, the first timed section starts after 16.5 miles.
#1 Mondon Hill
The first timed section is 3.1 miles long and contains just over 100 feet of climbing at Munden Hill before descending down and sweep left towards Conrock.
Ken Vida, from Lithia, Florida who rides for Team Outspoken challenge, holds the fastest time of 6 min 15 secs, an average speed of over 30 mph.
Dawn Decaminada from Lakeland, Florida holds the fastest time of 7m 15 secs.
The welcoming first feed station rewards for your efforts after the first section at the 20 mile mark. The route continues north through Istachatta and reaches its most northern point at Bradley lake after 35 miles and turns west.
The second feed station arrives at this point after 37 miles. There’s 5 miles warmup before the second timed section.
#2 Stage Coach Trail
At just over 5 miles long the second timed section is fairly flat and fast. You should be in top gear here giving it some.
Again local rider Ken Vida holds the current fastest time of 10 mins 3 secs at an average of 31.5 mph.
Sharon Winnett holds the current fastest time of 11m 11 secs, set at the 2014 Gran Fondo Florida. Sharon rode the 100 miles Gran Fondo course in a time of 4h 44 mins that year.
The route turns south briefly going through Withlacoochee State Forest and the hills surrounding Brooksville. You’ll reach a well-earned rest at the third feed station at 84 miles. Heading west.
#3 Batten Road
You’ll reach the start of the 3rd timed section of Batten Road 5 miles out from the 3rd feed. The timed section is nearly 3 miles long and pretty flat.
Dave Viney from Horseshoe Valley, Ontario who rides for Stages Cycling holds the current fastest time of 6 mins 18 secs and an average speed of 28.4 mph.
Local rider Jan Burger, from Valrico who rides for Jabil WCC holds the fastest time of 7m 11 secs, set on the 2015 Gran Fondo Florida.
The ride keeps heading south past springs and lakes and arrives at the final feed station after another 12 miles, having done 84 miles in total. It’s your last chance to fuel up for that last times section that arrives 5 miles later.
#4 Darby Road
It’s nearly 5 miles long and flat and fast, again top gear. There’s a gentle ride towards the end.
Kramp Krushington set the fastest time of 10m 20 secs on last year’s Gran Fondo Florida and so did Casey Arnold for the ladies ion a time of 11m 47 secs.
After that, it’s a mile and a half warm down to finish after 100 miles.
Although the course isn’t flat it will suit those who love speed and time trialling. Without huge hills, the routes are also great for beginners and those whose form is a little lacking at the start of the season as too.
We expect quite a few sub 4 hour rides on the Gran Fondo.
Gran Fondo Route ridewithgps.com/
Gran Fondo Route strava.com/segments/6850713
All 4 segments count for Gran route, Sections #1, #3 & #4 count for Medio route and only section #3 counts for Piccolo riders
For the Gran Fondo Route there is the team prize. *Four or more riders to qualify.
Team riders are still eligible for individual awards.
Best Combined Time Wins on each route for age groups
Custom “Race Winner” jerseys for all Gran Route age group winners
Cash Purse and Prizes for Gran Route winners
Awards and Prizes for Medio and Piccolo winners
Fully stocked aid stations and SAG support to keep you going
Post Race Food & Beverage for a fun recovery Food provided by the Local Public House & Provisions and Beer provided by 3 Daughters Brewing
This event raises funds for Pasco County SRO Explorer Program. The School Resource Officer (SRO) Unit is composed of two squads that provide law enforcement services to schools countywide. The SRO Explorer Program provides services for those aged 14-21
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*For detailed information: granfondonationalchampionshipseries.com/central-florida-gran-fondo