Asheville to host Gran Fondo National Championship
Gran Fondo Asheville on July 21st, will host the one day competition where age group category winners will be crowned Gran Fondo National Champions
The Gran Fondo National Series is comprised of 10 European-style rides staged across the United States. Part personal challenge, part serious competition, the GFNS leads riders through country roads with challenging climbs and incredible scenery on some of the most beautiful courses in North America. In 2018, the Gran Fondo National Series nearly tripled the number of riders taking part as the new format gains popularity.
There are two ways to take part in the competitive part, the one day race and the series competition.
One Day Championship
GFNS hosts the annual Gran Fondo National Championship, a one-day competition, using the same format to determine winners of the USA Gran Fondo National Championship. Participation is open to all riders and no qualification is required.
Gran Fondo Asheville on July 21st 2019 will host the championship this year.
Winners of the 100 mile Gran Fondo route at this event will be crowned Gran Fondo National Champion, across each age group category.
The age categories for men are: MU23, M23-34, M35-44, M45-54, M55-64 and M65+
The age categories for women are: WU23, W23-34, W35-44, W45-54, W55-64 and W65+
Each Gran Fondo National Championship winner will receive a custom winner’s kit from DNA Cycling and 1 free entry to any 3-day Haute Route event in the United States.
Series Championship and Ranking
In addition there is the Gran Fondo National Championship Series competition, which is comprised of a riders best three finishes across any of the series events.
Gran Fondo Asheville which hosts the one-day Gran Fondo National Championship counts as one of the events in the series.
At each event, a rider's points equal their placing in that event. 1st place gets one point, 2nd place gets 2 points….37th place gets 37 points. Your series ranking is determined by adding the three lowest scores together. Say a rider finishes 3rd at one event, 8th at another event, and 1st in their last event; the rider’s series score would be 12; (3+8+1=12).
If you participate in more than three events your worst score will be dropped and only your best three finishes will be calculated towards your overall ranking. The rider with the lowest score will be crowned Gran Fondo National Championship Series, across each age group category.
Each Gran Fondo National Championship Series winner will receive a custom winner’s kit from DNA Cycling and 1 free entry to any 3-day Haute Route event in the United States.
Click here for more information on the point’s calculation.
The series culminates at the Jensie Gran Fondo, September 28, 2019 in Marin County, California.
2019 Gran Fondo National Series
March 15-17 Malibu GRANFONDO (Malibu, California)
March 23-24 Gran Fondo Florida (San Antonio, Florida)
April 28 TT1 Tour of Georgia Gran Fondo (Helen, Georgia)
June 2 Highlands Gran Fondo (Butler, New Jersey)
June 23 Golden Gran Fondo (Golden, Colorado)
July 13 Cache Gran Fondo (Logan, Utah)
July 21 Gran Fondo Asheville (Asheville, North Carolina)
August 4 Boone Gran Fondo (Boone, North Carolina)
September 22 Gran Fondo Maryland (Frederick, Maryland)
September 28 Jensie Gran Fondo (Marin County, California)
For more information, please visit: granfondonationalseries.com
Included in your entry fee at every GFNS event:
Traffic control and fully marked routes
GPS downloads of the routes and timed sections
*T-Shirt included for registrations received more than 10 days in advance of event date
Fully stocked aid stations with energy product, food and toilets
Up to Four timed sections (requires over $100,000 in timing equipment)
Goody-bag with various Swag items
Custom “Race Winner” kits from DNA Cycling awarded to all Gran Route age group winners
Awards and Prizes for Gran, Medio, and Piccolo age-group podiums
Awards for age-group placement
Team competition: fastest four person team in the Gran Route
No racing license is required.
Food and cold beer waiting for you at the finish line, plus chances to win valuable raffle prizes
the enjoyment of riding some of the finest cycling routes you’ve ever ridden
Apply 100% of your GFNS entry fee towards an Haute Route entry fee
Haute Route Special Offer!
As part of the worldwide Haute Route family of cycling events, GFNS is proud to deliver world-class service, as well as valuable incentives to join us at Haute Route 3-day and 7-day cycling events in the US and around the world. If you can finish the Gran Route at a GFNS event, you are ready for Haute Route!
To inspire you to do more, Haute Route will apply your full GFNS entry fee toward a 2019 Haute Route entry!
If you ride any GFNS event in 2019, you are entitled to credit the entire entry fee paid toward any 2019 Haute Route three-day or seven-day event. Already signed up for the Haute Route? Then take advantage of a free entry into one 2019 GFNS event of your choice to prepare for the Haute Route.
Learn more about all Haute Route events at http://www.hauteroute.org
Another industry innovation pioneered by Kline and launched in conjunction with the Haute Route partnership is the U23 Campaign. To advocate and promote youth cycling, GFNS and Haute Route have created a U23 campaign which allows any rider under 23 to register for any GFNS event for $23. Riders under 23 can register by using the coupon code U23@GFNS (Note: all riders must show photo ID with DOB indicated at check in, promotors as you please do not misuse this code, it will be obvious if you do).