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Tour of the Battenkill Gran Fondo

Tour of the Battenkill

May 09 2020
Cambridge, New York, USA

The Tour of the Battenkill Gran Fondo is a 75-mile mass-start event for riders wanting a challenging, scenic, and competitive race. Riders are grouped by ability at the starting line and begin simultaneously at 9:00 a.m. with a neutral roll out. The first 7 miles will feature a full police escort and rolling road closure. After that, the roads will be open to the public, but traffic is very sparse. Course marshals will be stationed at all critical intersections. Neutral service is dedicated with cars and/or motorcycles. Sag wagons are also provided for riders not able to complete the course.

There have been a lot of superlatives thrown around about the Tour of the Battenkill since its inception in 2004: “America’s biggest one-day road race,” “the toughest one-day road race in the country,” “the greatest number of flat tires at a cycling event…”

Its steep, punchy climbs help shatter the field of over 2,000 riders, with a group of six finishing together considered large. Of course, plenty of other races get more vertical, and with a course length of 75 miles and winning times of 3:00 – 3:30 hours, it’s not overly long. But the loop course that starts and finishes at the Washington County Fairgrounds is unlike any other in the US. It’s a back-road journey through open farmland, narrow canopies of trees, and a covered bridge — the kind of naturally car-free, rural roads you wish you could ride everyday.

Battenkill’s numerous dirt sections are its trademark, and therein lies one of the special ingredients that have led to its popularity. Whether it’s actually the toughest one-day race in America is a matter of opinion, but to many of the riders — especially those new to racing — it certainly feels like it. The list of DNFs isn’t overly long, but the dirt sections can often result in punctured tires, so be sure to bring plenty of spares, pumps, and CO2 cartridges, or perhaps tubeless tires, sealant, or extra-big rubber.

Rather than being a discouragement, the flat-tire factor actually contributes to the day’s drama. It means uncertainty and luck that could work for or against you. Moreover, the punctures come because you’re out there flying down gravel roads in a cloud of dust, with a number pinned to your back, and a tunnel-vision goal of getting to the front and not being gapped.

The Tour of the Battenkill Gran Fondo is truly a one-of-a-kind race for those seeking a serious challenge shrouded in pastoral beauty. The result is that everyone who finishes, even everyone who starts, goes home with rich stories to tell.

The Tour of the Battenkill Medio Fondo is a 40-mile mass-start event for riders wanting a challenging, scenic, and competitive race. Riders are grouped by ability at the starting line and begin simultaneously at 8:00 a.m. with a neutral roll out. The first 7 miles will feature a full police escort and rolling road closure. After that, the roads will be open to the public, but traffic is very sparse. Course marshals will be stationed at all critical intersections. Neutral service is dedicated with cars and/or motorcycles. Sag wagons are also provided for riders not able to complete the course.

Like the Gran Fondo, the Medio Fondo course offers a challenging yet scenic ride through the rolling hills of upstate New York, but with 2,500 feet of elevation change instead of 4,800, less sections on dirt roads (but including the infamous Meeting House Road and the epic Stage Road), and nearly half the distance. It’s the perfect race for those who want a less rigorous ride through the pastoral beauty of Battenkill Valley.

Tour of Battenkill

 
Routes: 40, 75 miles
Difficulty of Greatest Route: D - Difficult terrain with longer, steeper hills
Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)
 
Start Times / Itinerary

The Medio Fondo starts at 8:00 a.m. and the Gran Fondo starts at 9:00 a.m.

What's Included?

Open / mass-start event
Age group competitions  
Police, Motorcycle, and Road Marshall support
Leader's jerseys to age group Champions
Awards for every age group

Free Event T Shirt

Free Beer

Free Post Race Meal

Free Branded Specialized Water Bottle

Free High Quality Racing Socks

Neutral mechanical support 
Full road closure for select portions of the course

Packet Pickups

The 2018 Tour of the Battenkill kicks off with packet pickup at 6:00 a.m. at the Washington County Fairgrounds on Saturday April, 28, 2018.

Prize / Race Categories

Unlike in years past, we’ll now be recording times with a chip timing system. All riders will receive a timing chip and awards will be given to the top finishers in both the Gran Fondo and the Medio.

For the Gran Fondo, awards will be given to the top-3 male and top-3 female finishers in each age group: 18-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+.

For the Medio Fondo, awards will be given to the top-3 male and top-3 female finishers overall.

The awards ceremony will take place near the Finish around 2:00 p.m. Riders who finish in the top three of their respective categories will receive a bottle of local chocolate milk, a new-for-2018 winner’s medal, and a sponsor gift bag. The top overall finisher will also earn the Tour of the Battenkill Champion’s Jersey.

Facilities
Adequate Car Parking
Free Parking
Toilets / Changing Rooms
Sign On Desk
Registration/Entry On the Day
Pre-Packet Pickups
 
Support for Participants
Route Signposted
Route Card
First Aid
Emergency Contact No
SAG Wagon
Outriders
Marshalls
Escort / Police Escort
Controlled Intersections
Roving Mechanical Support
Neutral Support Vehicles
Mechanical Support at Rest Stops
Closed Roads (Super Prestige)
 
Features
Electronic Start/Finish Timing
Category / Race Prizes
Finishing Medals
Results Within 24 Hours
Photos
Kids Fondo
Downloadable GPS files
Free Training Rides
Post Ride Shower
Finish Line Chute
 
Event Size
2,000 – 4,999
 
Start Address: Washington County Fairgrounds,Cambridge, New York
 
 
 
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