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Gran Fonduro

September 10 2017
Tweed Valley, Scotland, UK
 

Welcome to GRAN FONDURO, where Gran Fondo meets Enduro

A brand new event based in the Tweed Valley in Scotland, put together by the team who organise the award-winning TweedLove Bike Festival, and the Tour O The Borders sportive. On sale date, ?entry details and route info announced soon!

A sportive-style event, on and off the tarmac, touring the Tweed Valley Forest Park area, with timed stages (like a series of time trials) on forest roads, natural trails and foot paths, and connected by classic Borders back roads. Featuring stages with ups, downs, and everything inbetween, Gran Fonduro will take you to places you have never been before. The event is suitable for CX or gravel bikes, but lightweight cross country mountain bikes will also do well. (The course could also work for some hybrids.) Each type of bike may have its own advantages.

The event is a friendly but adventurous day out. A cycling ‘voyage of discovery’ into some seldom-visited corners of the Tweed Valley area. Fun, self-reliance, endurance and adventure are the key themes. Despite its light hearted style, the event will be a fairly big day out on the bike. Distance will be approx. 80-90km, with a healthy chunk of climbing. Full course details nearer the time.

Turn up and race on the day, or make a weekend of it and camp at Traquair House.

Gran Fonduro is about good times off the bike too, with a post-ride meal and afterparty with live music and a beer tent. Traquair House has its own micro brewery on site, and we’ll also be providing delicious food at the feed stations as well as in the event village.

Top bike brands will be showing some bling bike kit at HQ too, so you can eat, drink and have a good close up look at some of the best bikes in the industry.

Timing

Gran Fonduro will use enduro-style timing, with untimed road liaisons plus timed off-road stages. An enduro ‘timing card’ system will be used.

Race stages

Expect a bit of everything coming at you – climbs on dirt roads which vary from easy to plain beastly, sweet forest trails, mellow descents, adventurous paths and flowing old drove roads. There will be some tough challenges but not technically difficult, and you can go your own pace.

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Routes: 90km
Difficulty of Greatest Route: C - Moderate terrain with rolling short steep hills or moderate, sustained climbs
 
What's Included?

Awesome course with a range of timed stages
Event HQ and camping at Traquair House
Timing card and results as soon as you finish
Number board with your name on
Superb feed stations, including a ‘gourmet’ lunch at one of them.
Service support by Shimano
Goody bag
Event village and gravel bike expo
Great food at event village
Waterproof route maps for riders
Optional extra fun:

Camping for up to two nights, or just turn up and ride on the day
Evening meal after race
Music & DJ
Bar – Traquair House is also home to a micro brewery
Post-ride party

Start Address: Traquair House, Tweed Valley, Scottish Borders EH44 6PW
 
 
 
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