GFNS Gran Fondo Asheville Timed Sections

Asheville, North Carolina is nestled between the Great Smoky Mountains and Pisgah National Forest, the area is perfect for cycling and contains some of the best roads on the Eastern seaboard of the USA

For amateur cyclists, a Gran Fondo is the best way to challenge yourself, experience an amazing day’s cycling and presents the opportunity to wins cash and prizes too. Cyclists who haven’t ridden a Gran Fondo really are missing out on an amazing experience. Shhhhh! Don’t tell everyone!

The Asheville event is the 7th event of the very popular and growing 2018 Gran Fondo National Series taking place July 22, 2018. The event benefits Eblen Charities. Each year Eblen Charities assists tens of thousands of families in the Asheville area with food, housing, medical heating and utilities, medication, and all manner of emergency assistance.

Gran Fondo Asheville has 3 routes to suit all abilities with distances of 30, 60 and 100 miles. Each of the 3 routes have timed sections for riders to compete for prizes and awards for their chosen distance and age category as well as a very popular team award.

Tackle the Gran Fondo Asheville in NC this July 23rd

For the 30 mile Piccolo route there is one timed section, the 60 Medio mile route has two sections and the 100 mile Gran route has four sections. Unlike a traditional race, riders compete by riding the timed sections and the lowest combined time across the sections for each of the categories (team, age, male and female) have the chance to win awards and prizes for the top 3 podium places. A racing license isn’t required.

Custom “Race Winner” jerseys for all Gran Route age group winners

The prizes and awards on offer include winner’s jerseys and a whole host of top swag!

The Super Raffle , directly following 100 mile awards, we will have great stuff from sponsors including a trip with a Litespeed Titanium seat-post, Industry Nine hubset, SeaSucker Vacuum Mount Bike Rack, Swiftwick socks, Rudy Project sunglasses, Shimano Dura Ace pedals, Jittery Joe's Coffee, Tune ups from VeloFix, CrotchGuard, Cane Creek eeBrakes,  a free entry to any 2018 Haute Route three-day event, a holiday for two at Garda Bike Hotel in Italy,  as well as other prizes). Yes, it’s worth sticking around for!  

While riders have the opportunity to pace themselves and enjoy the view, professional or competitive cyclists can "show their strength" at every section. When you’re outside those timed sections, you have an opportunity to look around and enjoy the beautiful scenery, relax, stop at aid stations and regroup with friends. The fully stocked aid stations and SAG support will keep you going and the Post-Race Food & Beverage for a fun recovery.

Your ride begins in Downtown Asheville at Wicked Weed Brewing's Funkatorium and quickly moves along well-marked winding roads out into pastoral countryside and up to mountain ridge vistas. At the end of the ride, as you descend from the Blue Ridge Parkway into the heart of town, you will be afforded a spectacular cityscape view and greeted by fellow riders and families back at Wicked Weed Brewing's Funkatorium; where you can enjoy the music, vendors, massage therapists, and of course– food and beer!

 

Timed Sections

T1 - Bear Creek

This timed section is part of the Piccolo, Medio and Gran. Its 3.5 miles with 225 feet of climbing, two distinct climbs feature.

https://www.strava.com/segments/15135336

Antonio Donado
KOM 8:31 Jul 23, 2017
Nina Laughlin
QOM 8:56 Aug 30, 2015

 

T1 - Bear Creek

T2 - Walnut Creek

This timed section is part of the Gran only. Its 6.1 miles with 1,015 feet of climbing and is considered a category 2 rated climb, a real test for the Gran Fondo riders.

https://www.strava.com/segments/15135368

Antonio Donado
KOM 19:11 Jul 23, 2017
Nina Laughlin
QOM 22:23 Aug 30, 2015

T2 - Walnut Creek

T3 - French Broad River

This timed section is part of the Medio and Gran only. Its 7.2 miles with 374 feet of climbing which is a shallow grade upwards of around 1%.

 https://www.strava.com/segments/15135424

Albert P.
KOM 14:43 Sep 19, 2015
Nina Laughlin
QOM 17:54 Aug 30, 2015

T3 - French Broad River

T4 - Elk Mountain Scenic Hwy

This timed section is part of the Gran only. Its 6.1 miles with 1,471 feet of climbing at an average of 5% and is considered a category 2 rated climb, another real test for Gran Fondo riders.

https://www.strava.com/segments/15135478

C V.
KOM 22:56 Jul 23, 2017
lyne bessette
QOM 28:50 May 18, 2018

T4 - Elk Mountain Scenic Hwy

GFNS Gran Fondo Asheville Timed Sections

Not sure which route to ride, or just want to start the party early?  12 miles from the finish, there is an alternate route back to the finish line that bypasses the final climb up Elk Mountain Scenic Hwy.  Although you won’t quality for timing sections, you can still win great door prizes during the awards celebration.

A view of Chimney Rock

 
Tag: granfondonationalseries
 
Sep 24 2019 - NEWS: Prizes on Offer for completing the Gran Fondo National Series Survey for Cyclists
Aug 19 2019 - NEWS: The Jensie Gran Fondo Gears Up for a “Very Grand” Sixth Edition
Aug 12 2019 - NEWS: Gran Fondo Maryland the Penultimate Round of the Growing GFNS Series
Aug 15 2019 - NEWS: Special Offer: GFNS Garda Bike Hotel Granfondo Il Lombardia at Lake Como Trip
Jul 26 2019 - NEWS: One Day Gran Fondo National Champions Crowned in Asheville
Jul 24 2019 - NEWS: Enjoy North Carolina’s High Country at the Boone Gran Fondo
Mar 12 2019 - NEWS: Your Last Chance to win a U.S. Gran Fondo National Championship Jersey!
Jun 26 2019 - NEWS: Cyclists Endure Snow at one of America’s Toughest Gran Fondo's in Colorado
May 30 2019 - NEWS: Asheville to host 2019 and 2020 Gran Fondo cycling championships
May 14 2019 - NEWS: The Golden Gran Fondo is one of the toughest in America
May 03 2019 - NEWS: Highlands the next round of the Gran Fondo National Series
Feb 18 2019 - NEWS: Make Your Plans for the TT1 Tour of Georgia Gran Fondo
Jan 21 2019 - NEWS: Gran Fondo Florida: Come for the Ride, Stay for the Party!
Feb 25 2019 - NEWS: Grab a final Malibu GRANFONDO entry and ride with Fränk Schleck
Feb 21 2019 - NEWS: Gran Fondo Florida registration prices increase March 4 - Register Now
Dec 12 2016 - RESULTS: 2016 Tour of Georgia Gran Fondo GFNCS Results
Dec 12 2016 - RESULTS: 2016 Highlands Gran Fondo GFNCS Results
Aug 29 2016 - RESULTS: Team Primal Audi Denver Hit Overdrive in the Golden Gran Fondo
Aug 08 2016 - RESULTS: Boone-tastic Gran Fondo
May 14 2016 - RESULTS: Next Moto Champion PB Roswell Bicycles Take Tour of Georgia Team Prize
Jun 30 2014 - RESULTS: Golden Gran Fondo
Jun 10 2014 - RESULTS: Highlands Gran Fondo GFNCS
Apr 16 2014 - RESULTS: Tour of Georgia Gran Fondo GFNCS
Jun 09 2013 - RESULTS: NJ Highlands Gran Fondo
Sep 28 2019 - EVENT: The Jensie Gran Fondo of Marin
Mar 07 2020 - EVENT: Malibu Gran Fondo
Mar 22 2020 - EVENT: Gran Fondo Florida
Apr 26 2020 - EVENT: Tour of Georgia Gran Fondo
Jun 07 2020 - EVENT: Highlands Gran Fondo
Jun 28 2020 - EVENT: Golden Gran Fondo
Jul 19 2020 - EVENT: Gran Fondo Asheville
Aug 02 2020 - EVENT: Boone Gran Fondo
Sep 20 2020 - EVENT: Gran Fondo Maryland
 
Tag: giordana
 
Jan 18 2017 - NEWS: Silber And Giordana Join Forces Again
Dec 12 2016 - NEWS: Astana Team Presents Its 2017 Roster
Dec 09 2016 - NEWS: Giordana Announces Clothing Partnership with ORICA-BikeExchange
Nov 23 2016 - NEWS: Giordana to Outfit Astana Team