Gran Fondo National Series, supported by Haute Route

Tour of Georgia Gran Fondo

May 05 - May 06 2018
Helen, Georgia, USA

NEW TT OPTION ON SATURDAY INCLUDES A TT RAMP START WITH A 12.5 MILE TIME SECTION ON A 27 MILE ROUTE.

HC Route added for 2018: includes Neutral support, Mobile feed zones, Priority Start wave, and Pro-Cyclist lead-out.  HC riders will do a 17mile “hot-lap” and be paced into time section #1, See HC Map.  Must be registered in HC catagory to compete for over-all placement. HC and Gran Route riders will be group together for age-group placement. HC start time is 7:15AM, all other categories start ~8AM.

3 Loops to Choose From: 100 mile, 64 mile, 25 mile

Event Open to All

4 Timed Sections in the 100 mile loop – Best Combined Time Wins

Age Group Categories

Awards and Winners jerseys for Gran Route

Awards for 64 mile and 25 mile winners

This is a 2018 Gran Fondo National Series event

Ride with your friends, Race with your friends
Fully Stocked Aid Stations to keep you going
10,000 feet of climbing in the 100 mile route

Come Challenge Yourself

Course Description

Georgia’s Bavarian Alpine village is nestled in the heart of the north Georgia mountains. Helen was a highlight during the Tour of Georgia pro race and now GFNS is excited to partner with Helen to bring our riders to this premier mountain town! Helen is nestled in an amazing riding location, has great accommodations, and offers many family friendly experiences. Helen has more than 200 specialty shops. Unicoi State Park offers unique accommodations and has many nature trails and lake activities. 

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 at mile 2.5, where any riders with intentions of an overall podium finish and cash payout will need to put their cards on the table from the start. The first time section immediately enters 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 riders  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 2nd 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.

After tackling the two biggest climbs of the day riders will head east from Helen through Unicoi State Park. The route then hits the 3rd timed section at mile 46, comprised of rolling terrain for a 4 mile section. Riders then get to enjoy a non-timed section of the route for the next 30 miles as the route explore the area round Lake Burton and Seed Lake.  Be sure to save a bit of energy for the final time section, it only last just over 2 miles but at over 80 miles in to the day you’ll need to find some go go power.

The route finishes 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.

Want more? 

GFNS has entered into an exciting partnership with Haute Route which produces world’s best multi-day amateur road cycling events. Please check their website at www.hauteroute.org.

GFNS and Haute Route want to inspire you to do more! Expect to see the name Haute Route at all our events, along with unique benefits for all GFNS riders to be announced over the next few months. The first benefit which is available to you immediately is the opportunity to take your GFNS entry and apply it in full toward a Haute Route entry fee.  If you ride any GFNS event in 2018, you are entitled to credit the entire entry fee paid toward any 2018 Haute Route three-day or seven-day event. Already signed up for the Haute Route?  Then take advantage of a free entry into one 2018 GFNS event of your choice to prepare for the Haute Route.

Georgia Gran Fondo

 
Routes: 25, 64, 100 miles
Difficulty of Greatest Route: D - Difficult terrain with longer, steeper hills
Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)
 
Start Times / Itinerary

Riders meeting to take place at 7:45am on Saturday.  Event to start at 8:00am.

Event will start and finish in city park across from 807 Edelweiss Strasse  Helen, GA 30545

What's Included?

Aid Stations:
There will be 4 aid stations along the 100 mile route, 3 on the 64mi, and 1 on the 25mi (about every 20-25 miles). Each aid station will be fully stocked with Water, HEED drink mix, Hammer Gel, Endurolytes, Endurolyte Fizz, Bananas, PB&J Sandwiches, Cookies & Chips and more.

Bathrooms:
will be available at all aid stations.

Timing Chips:
All riders must have timing chips installed on race morning. You will be issued a timing chip, if you do not return the timing chip you will be charged $100. Race numbers must be mounted on your back right side and be easily readable.

Packet Pickups

Pick up on Saturday to avoid the morning rush!
Saturday 5/5/18  From 10:0 AM to 4:00 PM Unicoi State Park Lodge 1788 Highway 356 Helen, GA 30545 (Start and Findsh for Sautrday TT).  All TT riders must check-in, pick up packets, and start before 2PM!
Sunday 5/6/18   From 6:00 AM to 7:00 AM 807 Edelweiss Strasse  Helen, GA 30545 (Race Start/Finish).

Prize / Race Categories

4 Timed Sections in the 100 mile loop – Best Combined Time Wins

Age Group Categories

Cash Purse, Awards and Winners jerseys for Gran Route

Awards Prizes for 64 mile and 25 mile winners

Awards for the fastest times- three deep for each age group category.  Custom produced Tour of Georgia Gran Fondo Winners Jersey’s will be awarded to the fastest riders in each age category of the 100 mile event.  Categories may be combined at promoter’s discretion.  The fastest male in section 2 and in section 4 and the fastest female in section 1 and in section 3 will win a Bertucci watch as a prime.

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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