2018 U.S. Gran Fondo National Series, supported by Haute Route

NorCal Spring Classic

NorCal Spring Classic

April 28 2018
Los Gatos, California, USA

Our ninth year of hosting the annual homage to the Spring Classics of Europe! This fine race is happening Saturday, April 28th, right here in NorCal! Here’s to hoping for grey skies, some bits of rough road and please, oh please, rain. Long miles, big climbs and screaming descents will punctuate a full day in the saddle complete with great company and top-notch support

We drive you out to the start from rider check-in and drop you off so you ride back in to the finish. No waiting for buses to pick you up! You finish the ride at your car, near the buffet! Bring your backpack with dry clothes for the post-race afterparty.

The full serving (standard route) is 116 miles and ~10,000 ft featuring about 22 miles of dirt roads. Express route is 70 miles and 5,000ft and has just a few miles of dirt roads. The Bus Departure Point This Year Is Near Hollister. You Will Need To Get Yourself There. Buses Will Roll At 7:30am And No, Sadly, We Will Not Wait For You.

Cost includes post-ride buffet (local farm-to-face, mostly organic with vegetarian options), all the craft beer you care for and first class transportation for you and your bike via chartered luxury coach. Also included are four fully stocked feed zones along the route; mechanic support on course and SAG wagon.

 
Routes: 70, 116 miles
Difficulty of Greatest Route: E - Extreme terrain with frequent steep hills and long sustained climb
Time Zone: Pacific Standard Time (PST)
 
Start Times / Itinerary

CHECK-IN: 6am – 7am
BUS LOAD-UP: 7am
BUS LEAVES: 7:30am **sharp**
ROUTE (full serving): 128 miles, 8700ft vertical gain, featuring ~20 miles of gorgeous dirt.
EXPRESS ROUTE: ~65 miles, 5,500ft of vertical gain; 6 miles of it is on dirt roads. We will email the express route GPS to attendees.
COURSE MARKINGS: Watch for the route arrows and pie plates! The entire course will be marked, but do load up your GPS and make sure it’s charged.
AWARDS: We will present fun awards once 80% of the riders are in. Lanterne Rouge and “dead center” are the last ones we’ll give out, obviously.
AID STATIONS: fully-stocked aid stations with plenty of hot food and Clif products.
AFTERPARTY: insane buffet from Chef Dave. Craft beer. Good times.
TL;DR? Four on-course aid stations, mechanic and SAG support provided.

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Feed / Aid Stations
Post Event Meal(s) Provided As Part of Entry
 
Start Address: Los Gatos, California, USA
 
 
 
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