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Bohemian Gran Fondo

September 23 2017
Czech Republic
 
 
 

The idea of creating the Gran Fondo bicycle race in the Czech Republic was driven by the large popularity of these events in the world. There are two events which stand out that inspired organizers of the Bohemian Gran Fondo – the iconic La Marmotte in the French Alps and the Pan Massachusetts Challenge in the USA. The French event has taken place every year since 1982. It is considered to be one of the hardest bike races in the world and attracts amateur sportsmen worldwide. The American PMC event started in 1980 and also attracts thousands of riders. In addition to the shared ride for 100 and more miles, it also brings an incredible fundraising result (over 39 millions USD raised last year). All of the money went to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, the leading cancer research institution.

The center of the Bohemian Gran Fondo that can be easily compared to La Marmotte with its 186 km and the elevation gain of approximately 4500 m is Ceský Krumlov, a historical town in Southern Bohemia. Its historical center is a part of the UNESCO heritage and the second most visited city after Prague in the Czech Republic.

In the past, the bordering mountains, where the race takes place had always provided a natural barrier between the countries, states or the political systems. Now, they are interwoven with a wide net of narrow, infrequently used roads with a good surface, almost a cyclist's paradise. Harsh climbs alternate with downhill rides (downhills are not part of the timed sections strictly because of the participants' safety), so each rider can choose his/her very own pace. Safety of the participants was the biggest concern for the organizers.

Bohemian Gran Fondo has partnered with the nonprofit organization Mamma HELP which is the biggest nonprofit patient organization in the Czech Republic focusing on women with breast cancer and their families. All the registration fees will benefit Mamma HELP, and the participants will pay their registration fees directly to the Mamma HELP bank account.

The riders have three course to choose from: Bohemian Gran Fondo (186 km), Fondo Ceský Krumlov (126 km), and Mamma HELP Fondo (46 km). All three courses are very challenging and demanding. Their participants can fully fulfill the motto:

“Race to Help, Help to Win”

 

 
Routes: roads
Difficulty of Greatest Route: F - Ultra Distance and Climbing for events well over 100 miles
Entry Limit: no limit
 
Start Times / Itinerary
  1. The starting time depends on the chosen course:
    1. Bohemian GRAN FONDO (186 km) – 7:00
    2. Fondo Ceský Krumlov ( 126 km) – 9:00
    3. Mamma HELP Fondo (46 km) – 12:00

 

Costs

The registration fee is in a form of donation to our charity partner Mamma HELP and it will be paid directly to their bank account. All three courses of the Bohemian GRAN FONDO have the same registration fee - 1.000,- Kc.

What's Included?

Every registered participant will get:

  1. Starting number
  2. Timing chip
  3. The map of the chosen ride with all details about the timed sections, the prescribed times to enter the sections  - all available at http://www.bohemiangranfondo.cz/en/the-ride
  4. The elevation profile and all the other course information at http://www.bohemiangranfondo.cz/en/the-ride
  5. The refreshment areas with food and drink ( no refreshment for Mamma HELP Fondo)
  6. Pasta and a glass of beer or nonalcoholic beverages in the finish
  7. The possibility to deposit personal things and spare clothes in the Start area
  8. The timing of the overall ride and the timing in designed climb sections ( one climb section for MHF, two for FCK, and three for BGF)
  9. Certificate of successful finish within the time limit
  10. SAG support on request
  11. The availability of medical attention during the event
  12. A big tiredness, and most likely even painful sensation, but also:
  1. New friends
  2. Extraordinary pleasure derived from the ride in the beautiful region
  3. A great feeling derived from overcoming her/himself in the case of a successful finish
  4. THE OVERWHELMING AND MOST DESERVING FEELING OF THE SHARED SOLIDARITY
Packet Pickups

The time to pick up your starting number is for all participants the day before the race (the 3rd of October, 2014) between 5 pm and 9 pm. The riders of Mamma HELP Fondo can pick up their number also the next day between 9 am and 11 am. The place will be determined later on.

Prize / Race Categories
  1. Competition. The participant of Bohemian GRAN FONDO with the best cumulative time from the all timed sections will be awarded in each category.
  2. Categories are determined by the age reached at the end of BGF year; women and men separately.
    1. Category 19 and younger
    2. Category 20 – 29 years
    3. Category 30 – 39 years
    4. Category 40 – 49 years
    5. Category 50 – 59 years
    6. Category 60 and up.
Facilities
Adequate Car Parking
Free Parking
Toilets / Changing Rooms
Sign On Desk
Pre-Packet Pickups
 
Support for Participants
Route Signposted
Route Card
First Aid
Emergency Contact No
SAG Wagon
Outriders
Marshalls
Controlled Intersections
 
Features
Electronic Start/Finish Timing
Electronic Start/Finish Hill Timing
Strava KOM
Finishing Medals
Results Within 24 Hours
Photos
Downloadable GPS files
Fundraising
 
Nutrition
Feed / Aid Stations
Post Event Meal(s) Provided As Part of Entry
 
Number of Timed Hill Climbs
Three Hill Climbs
 
Event Size
500 - 1999 Riders
 
Start Address: Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
 
 
 
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Sep 23 2017 - EVENT: Bohemian Gran Fondo