Tour of Georgia Gran Fondo GFNCS

Tour of Georgia Gran Fondo GFNCS

May 07 2017
Helen, Georgia, USA
 
 
 
2017 Course Description:
 
Nestled in the Bavarian Alpine village of Helen, GA the ride starts in the heart of the North Georgia Mountains.  After rolling out of Helen the route hits the first timed segment through Unicoi State Park.  The route then explores a non-timed section through the Seed Lake area. Heading into time section #2 around mile 37 riders cruise the rollercoaster of asphalt for a 5 mile race section.
 
As riders head into time section #3 they enter the mountainous area made famous by the 2003-2008 Tour de Georgia. In 2008, Unicoi Gap was the second to last climb on the approach to the race-deciding ascent up Brasstown Bald where Kanstantin Suitsou got the jump on Trent Lowe and Levi Leipheimer to win the event.  As rider tackle this timed section they cover over 7 miles and climb 1500ft to the top of Unicoi Gap. The climb is very gradual for several miles, before turning into a real alpine ascent. Enjoy the vistas of the Chattahoochee National Forest on the descent before turning left and climbing up and over Jack’s Gap.
 
A left turn on Richard Russell Scenic Hwy will put riders face to face with the last timed section, Hogpen gap. Within 6.5 miles and another 1500ft, riders will reach the highest point on the course at 3469ft with ramps of 12%.  The views at the top of the surrounding peaks are breathtaking. Check your speed and be careful on the descent as there are many sharp turns. Enjoy the ride through the forest knowing that the hardest riding is behind you.
 
To finish riders drop back into the landmark town of Helen where, in 1969, local business owners collaborated to create what is now called “Bavaria in the Appalachians.” Just outside of Helen on the route is the Nacoochee Indian Mound, the center of the ancient Cherokee town of Gauxule, visited by Desoto in his search for gold.  Be sure to plan to stick around for beers, food and music served up at the finish line.

Tour of Georgia Gran Fondo GFNCS

 
Routes: 20, 60, 100 miles
Difficulty of Greatest Route: F - Ultra Distance and Climbing for events well over 100 miles
Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)
 
Start Times / Itinerary

8:00 AM

Costs

$50, $75, $95 

What's Included?
Complimentary event T-shirt 
Fully stocked aid stations with energy product and food
Four timed sections (requires over $100,000 in contracted timing equipment)
Post-race food, beverage, and entertainment
Goody-bag with various swag items
Finisher medal for all Gran Route Finishers
Awards for age-group placement 
Chance to win Cash and Prizes for placement
Chance to win raffle prizes
The enjoyment of riding an amazing cycling route
Packet Pickups
Pick up on Saturday to avoid the Sunday morning rush
Friday 5/6/17  From 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM Downtown Helen, GA 30545 (location TBA)
Satrutday 5/14/16   From 6:00 AM to 7:10 AM  807 Edelweiss Strasse  Helen, GA 30545 (Race Start/Finish)
Prize / Race Categories

Custom Winners Jerseys for Gran Route age group winners.

Cash for overall top three male and female racers

Prizes awards and lots of raffle schwag 

Facilities
Adequate Car Parking
Free Parking
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
Marshalls
Escort / Police Escort
Controlled Intersections
Roving Mechanical Support
Neutral Support Vehicles
Mechanical Support at Rest Stops
 
Features
Electronic Start/Finish Hill Timing
Category / Race Prizes
Finishing Medals
Results Within 24 Hours
Photos
Downloadable GPS files
Fundraising
Finish Line Chute
 
Nutrition
Feed / Aid Stations
Post Event Meal(s) Provided As Part of Entry
 
Number of Timed Hill Climbs
Four Hill Climbs
 
Event Size
Less Than 500 Riders
 
 
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