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Palisade Gran Fondo

Palisade Gran Fondo

June 02 2018
Palisade, Colorado, USA


The Palisade Gran Fondo is a fully supported, timed road cycling event on rolling terrain through picturesque orchards and vineyards of Western Colorado. Climb up onto the rugged Reeder and Purdy Mesas on back roads past farms and ranches. Attack the course for a podium spot or relax and enjoy the epic scenery–the choice is yours!

This event offers you a choice of two classic Western Colorado road rides–the 72 mile Palisade Gran Fondo or the 40 mile Palisade Piccolo Fondo. We will roll out at with a neutralized 4-mile warm-up spin along the Colorado River before you are cut loose to attack the 38 Road hill and traverse Palisade’s orchards and vineyards all of the way to Whitewater at your own best pace. Piccolo riders will turn around here and retrace their route, attacking each of the punchy rollers in the opposite direction. Palisade Gran Fondo riders will continue on to be faced with skirting the shoulder of the Grand Mesa as they climb Reeder and Purdy Mesas to 6100 feet.

*Updates will appear on FaceBook and the website- check them often please*

If you have not seen the  COURSE MAPS , click this link to download.

Remember this is a RULES OF THE ROAD ride. All roads are open and orchard and farm folk are working. Be respectful of our neighbors, be safe and pay attention!

In order to make such an epic course, we have the unfortunate challenge of getting across HWY 50 multiple times. It is YOUR responsibility to do so safely.

*Aide stations will be well stocked with HEED electrolyte drink and water, Honey Stinger waffles and gels, PB&J’s and fruit. There will not be “hand-ups”. Any garbage left outside the immediate FeedZone will haunt you all of your days.

Check the aide station closing times–they are on the map. SAG vehicles will be on course to help you out with minor mechanicals or if you feel you need a lift. If you choose to remain on course after the SAG goes through, you are officially on your own.

*Packet Pick-Up will announced as we get closer to ride day. You must pick up your own bib number and SIGN YOUR WAIVER. Our timer also must activate your chip for an accurate time–do not forget to do this or you will not receive a time!

*Event Day Parking is in the Colorado National Bank parking lot–just south of the park on Elberta and HWY 6 and on the street around the park. NO PARKING in Dollar General lot.

*Showers will be available at the pool area. Your Bib Number is your ticket in.


*Be prepared with supplies to handle your own minor repairs.

*We ride rain or shine (but it is going to SHINE on us)

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Routes: 40, 72 miles
Difficulty of Greatest Route: D - Difficult terrain with longer, steeper hills
Entry Limit: 200
Time Zone: Mountain Standard Time (MST)
Start Times / Itinerary

*Gran Fondo mass start is at 7:00AM with Palisade Police Department leading a neutral roll out through town. If you do not start with the group, you will not receive a time.

*Piccolo Fondo mass start is at 8:00AM with a slight variation to the course through town out of respect for the Vintage Motorcycle Show.

*Post Ride Party: We will start serving food and beverages at about 11:00. We will start prize giveaways at about 12:30, but will not do the drawing for the wheelset until 1:00 or so. You must be there to win and your bib number is your raffle number.      

*Packet Pick-Up will announced as we get closer to ride day. You must pick up your own bib number and SIGN YOUR WAIVER. Check the website or facebook Palisade Gran Fondo.                                   



Online Registration Deadline:  May 29, 2018 at 7:00 PM ET

Gran Fondo: Timed event 72 miles of glory: 7 am start, $55-75

Gran Fondo Tandem: Timed 72 miles of glory. Each participant in the tandem category must register separately. 7 am start, $55-75

40 mile Piccolo: hotlap (or leisure ride - you choose) through the orchards and vineyards to Whitewater and back. This event will not be timed. Men, Women and tandems $45-65

Additional meal ticket $15. All riders receive a ticket to the postride barbeque including local beer and wine. Buy additional tickets for your friends and family!

This event generates funds used by Palisade Velo to promote cycling and a healthy, active lifestyle in the upper valley. Thank you for joining us!

What's Included?

• Swag from Pactimo, Heed & Hammer Nutrition and local offers in Goodie Bag

• Chip-timed event

• Motorized roving mechanical support

• Aide stations fueled by Heed & Hammer Nutrition

• Post ride food and wine and beer from local sponsors

• Pactimo - official clothing sponsor, jerseys and jackets available to order online:


Packet Pickups

*Packet Pick-Up will announced as we get closer to ride day. You must pick up your own bib number and SIGN YOUR WAIVER.

Prize / Race Categories

72 mile Palisade Gran Fondo

Podium prizes go to the
Top 3 Men - Top 3 Women - Top 3 Tandem teams

40 mile Piccolo Fondo

Top 3 Men - Top 3 Women - Top 3 Tandem teams

Raffles and Prize Drawings throughout post race celebration

Adequate Car Parking
Free Parking
Toilets / Changing Rooms
Sign On Desk
Pre-Packet Pickups
Support for Participants
First Aid
SAG Wagon
Escort / Police Escort
Controlled Intersections
Roving Mechanical Support
Electronic Start/Finish Timing
Category / Race Prizes
Results Within 24 Hours
Post Ride Shower
Feed / Aid Stations
Post Event Meal(s) Provided As Part of Entry
Event Size
Less Than 500 Riders
Start Address: Peach Bowl Park, 600 Logan Ave.,Palisade, Colorado, USA
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Jun 02 2018 - EVENT: Palisade Gran Fondo