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Medicine Hat Practica di Gran Fondo

Medicine Hat Gran Fondo

June 10 2017
Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada

The Medicine Hat Granfondo is your chance to get ready for the Granfondo season in a personal battle against distance and, ultimately, the clock in the picturesque Cypress Hills. There are three distances: the Cortofondo (60 km), Mediofondo (100 km), or Granfondo (163 km). The Granfondo takes you on a gruelling journey with an elevation gain greater than 1100m, rivaling those that take place in the Alberta Rockies.

Cortofondo Course

A 60km ride through picturesque prairie views with more than 400m of total elevation gain. The majority of elevation gain is in the first half of the course. The turn around, including a fully stocked Aid Station is positioned at the Little Plume Church. This aid station features a stunning view of the surrounding area. From here it is all downhill to the finish.

Mediofondo Course

The Mediofondo course replicates the first and last 30km of the Cortofondo Course to the Little Plume Church. Once past the Little Plume Church, the ride continues through rolling prairies, to the base of the Cypress Hills. At this point there will be another fully stocked aid station for the weary rider. From here, the rider will retrace their steps back towards the Little Plume Church and onto the finish. The Mediofondo Course provides in excess of 700m of total elevation gain and a total distance of 100km.

Gran Fondo Course

The Gran-Daddy of the inaugural Medicine Hat Practica di Gran Fondo takes you on a grueling 146km journey with an elevation gain greater than 1100m, rivaling those that take place in the Alberta Rockies. This course mirrors the Mediofondo for the first 50km before skirting the base of the Cypress Hills before finally reaching the turn around. After the turn, riders will retrace the previous route, but just when they are headed for the finish, you will take another turn and head back out, up into the hills on the Black & White Trail. One final aid station awaits the rider here, at the 133km distance, before the final turn around to return you to the start..

Medicine Hat Practica di Gran Fondo

Routes: 60, 100, 146km
Difficulty of Greatest Route: C - Moderate terrain with rolling short steep hills or moderate, sustained climbs
Entry Limit: 500
Time Zone: Mountain Standard Time (MST)
Start Times / Itinerary

6:30am -7:30am - Pre-ride Package Pick-up at starting location
7:50am - Riders are called to start line
8:00am - Start or ride for all distances
11:00am - Post ride lunch opens. First Riders expected back.
5:00pm - Finish Line Closes
5:30pm - Post ride lunch closes




Cost of Entry is $80 CAN

Early Bird registers get a free pair of cycling gloves, must register by May 10, 2017

What's Included?

Enjoy the best climate for early seasonal cycling!. Medicine Hat tops the list of the "Ten Sunniest places in Canada"
Replenish your energy at abundantly stocked aid stations
Have our roaming support team save the day in case of mechanical difficulty
Feast on a post ride meal catered by the award winning Zucchini Blossom Cafe!

Free Parking
Toilets / Changing Rooms
Sign On Desk
Pre-Packet Pickups
Support for Participants
Route Signposted
First Aid
Emergency Contact No
SAG Wagon
Escort / Police Escort
Roving Mechanical Support
Mechanical Support at Rest Stops
Electronic Start/Finish Timing
Feed / Aid Stations
Post Event Meal(s) Provided As Part of Entry
Event Size
Less Than 500 Riders
Start Address: 4072 Strachan Road SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1B 4Y3
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