Giordana GFNCS Releases Boone Gran Fondo Timed Sections ahead of Aug 7th
The course starts and ends in the cool college town of Boone nestled in the Western Carolina Appalachian Mountains. The scenery is unparalleled with grand vistas sometimes stretching 100 miles. John Murphy, United Healthcare Cycling confirms he'll be riding.
2x National Pro Crit Champion and Pro Cyclist John Murphy, United Healthcare Cycling will be attending the Boone Gran Fondo presented by Duke Energy; he won the Asheville Gran Fondo recently. The Gran Fondo Boone takes place on August 7th in North Carolina.
Each rider is provided an electronic timing-chip to keep track of their progress throughout the course and to allows riders to compete for best time through highlighted sections of the course. Best Combined Time Wins. Custom “Race Winner” jerseys for all Gran Route age group winners with Cash Purse and Prizes for Gran Route winners. Awards and Prizes for Medio and Piccolo winners and no racing license required to take part.
There is a $2000 Cash purse with $1000 going to the fastest four person team. Team information can be found at: https://granfondonationalchampionshipseries.com/team-category
In mid-summer, the High Country of North Carolina enjoys 80-degree temperatures while the surrounding East Coast temperatures hover in the high 90s. Early August is a prime time to be in Boone! The Boone Gran Fondo rolls through Appalachian State University and, after just a few turns, climbs beside picturesque Winklers Creek during the first timed section.
The climb starts just 2 miles out of Boone, enough time to warm your legs up. The climb is 3.8 miles long with 650 feet of climbing at an average gradient of 3% with no more than 10% in places.
The current KOM is Tay Little from Asheville, NC Greenlife-Organic Valley and QOM Nina Laughlin, Gran Fondo-Team CTS who won last year's team timed climb.
After a short downhill and a climb up the gorgeous Shull’s Mill road, the course passes the Blue Ridge Parkway and turns onto Hwy 221. This section of road was hand built in the 1890’s across Grandfather Mountain and served as the Blue Ridge Parkway until the 1980’s. This second timed section is like a paved roller coaster.
Blue Ridge Parkway
The climb starts after 15 miles after riders have entered Grandfather Mountain State Park. The climb is 7.5 miles long with 340 feet of climbing at an average of 1%.
The current KOM is Junior Ranger from Brevard, NC and QOM Nina Laughlin, Gran Fondo-Team CTS again.
After passing the Grandfather Park entrance, the downhill into Linville is a local favorite stretch of road. The route passes through the Avery County seat, the town of Newland. The back roads of Cow Camp and Squirrel Creek lead to the North Toe River Valley. Here, riders enjoy a few tranquil moments in the valley before the ascent, and third timed section, on the back of Beech Mountain.
The climb kicks in after 48 miles after the Cranberry Gap at Heaton. It's 5.4 miles with 970 ft of climbing at an average gradient of 3%. There is a short section of gradient at 13% near the top.
The current KOM is Tay Little from Asheville, NC Greenlife-Organic Valley and QOM Nina Laughlin, Gran Fondo-Team CTS again.
Another nice downhill waits on the other side. The beautiful Bethel Valley brings riders to a climb to the Tennessee State Line to end the fourth timed section.
The final climb for thos doing the Gran Fondo is after 67 miles at Sweetwater. It's 5.5 miles with 972 ft of climbing at an average gradient of 3%, very similar to Beech Mountain.
The current KOM is Matt Champion from Brevard, NC and QOM Nina Laughlin, Gran Fondo-Team CTS again.
From here, the route cruises on a very long gradual downhill grade through the valley and communities of Sugar Grove and Valle Crucis before it takes a climb up Laurel Fork and White Oak roads back to the town of Boone.
Will these records still stand?
Be sure to plan to stick around for beers, food and music at the finish line provided by Lost Province Brewing Company.
The Gran Fondo is 100 miles, the Medio 55 miles and the Piccolo 20 miles - to suit all abilities. The Gran Fondo includes the 4 climbs mentioned, whilst the Medio includes 2 climbs, that of Winklers Creek and Blue Ridge Parkway. The Piccolo includes the 1 climb of Winklers Creek.
There are fully stocked feed stations on all routes to keep you fed and hydrated, *complimentary event T-shirt, Goody Bag, Event Water bottle and other various swag items, a finishers Medal for completing the Gran Fondo route, awards for age placement, a raffle and of course the chance to win cash and prizes for placement in the overall timed climbs,
Registration is open - but with only a month to go you'll need to hurry to secure a place on this epic challenge across western Carolina's Applachian Mountains.
*Enter before July 28th and receive a complimentary event T-shirt - www.gfncs.com
2015 Boone Gran Fondo Winners
2015 Boone Gran Fondo Boone top five overall Winners of last years combined timed climbs were
Men: Matt Champion, Tristian Cowie, Taylor Little, Alex Jerome, Miles Hubbard
Women: Nina Laughlin, Sarah Matchett, Racheal Monderer, Lindsey Carpenter, Mary Higgins
2016 Giordana Gran Fondo National Championship Series® Events
The 2016 Gran Fondo National Championship Series® (GFNCS) schedule is set and registration is open for all 2016 GFNCS managed events. The 2016 GFNCS event schedule:
Gran Fondo Florida - Saturday March 26, 2016
Bicycling Spring Classic - Sunday April 24, 2016
Tour of Georgia Gran Fondo - Saturday May 14, 2016
Highlands Gran Fondo - Sunday June 5, 2016
Gran Fondo Asheville - Saturday June 18th, 2016
Boone Gran Fondo - Sunday August 7, 2016
Golden Gran Fondo - Sunday August 28, 2016
Gran Fondo Maryland (2016 Gran Fondo National Championship) - Sunday September 18, 2016
The Golden Gran Fondo was rated by Gran Fondo Guide as one of the hardest Gran Fondos in the US.
To register for a GFNCS event visit: www.gfncs.com
About the Giordana Gran Fondo National Championship Series®
The Giordana Gran Fondo National Championship Series® was established in 2012 and is comprised of eight European-style ride/races staged in the United States. The series is sponsored nationally by Giordana Cycling, GRUPPO STELVIO, Bertucci Performance Watches, Bicycling Magazine, Hammer Nutrition, Swiftwick, SeaSucker Vacuum Mount Bike Racks, Peaks Coaching Group, Feedback Sports, Rudy Project, ProGold Cycling, Jittery Joe’s Coffee, Polar Bottle, Ritchey Bicycle Components, and Capua Law Firm. Founder and President Reuben Kline has more than 25 years of experience in the bicycle industry, including five years as a professional mountain biker, ten years as a full-time race director and 20 years as promoter of the Michaux Endurance Series. The company is headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area.
For more information visit www.gfncs.com
To discover the history of GFNCS on Gran Fondo Guide, please type "nationals" on our site search (top RHS).