Gran Fondo Maryland GFNCS

September 17 2017
Frederick, Maryland, USA

After starting in historic downtown Frederick Maryland, the 100 mile 2014 Gran Fondo National Championship loop will climb 10,561 feet through several different state parks, municipal forests, protected watersheds, and the Catoctin Mountain National Park.  Riders will travel north through rolling farmland before entering the Frederick Municipal Forest where the first timed section will gain over 1000’ on a 3.5 mile climb. At the top riders will be able to relax and enjoy the cool mountain forest as the course continues north towards the second timed section that climbs another 1000 feet over three miles through the Catoctin Mountain National Park.

The course then descends to the bottom of the park forest and winds between ridges for 16 miles before the 3.5 mile false flat climb of the third timed section through the Emmitsburg Watershed.  Enjoy the fresh air coming off of Turkey Creek as you hit the halfway point of the race.  Riders will be greeted by a steady seven mile climb that peaks out at almost 1800’ before delivering riders to a welcome 30 mile stretch of untimed road that travels along the contours of South Mountain range.

Harp Hill may be less than two miles long, but it will have some of the steepest consistent grades, this was a KOM in the national classic Tour DuPont! Save some for this brute at the 83 mile marker, and be sure you have a little left over for the last four mile timed section.  It’s not just the length that will hurt, but the 18 degree pitches that’ll make you glad to be almost home and looking forward to a cool drink at the finish line.  From the top it’s nearly a ten mile descent back into the host city Frederick!


Routes: 32, 62, 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


$50, $75, $95

What's Included?
Student Homelessness Initiative Partnership (SHIP) of Frederick County
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
Saturday 9/17, 3 PM – 6 PM
Downtown Frederick, MD 21701)
Sunday 9/18, 5:45 AM – 7:15 AM
(Race start / finish
Prize / Race Categories

Custom Winners Jersey & Bib Shorts from Pactimo for Gran Route age group winners.

Cash for overall top three male and female racers

Age Group Prizes and awards

Lots of raffle schwag prizes

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
Escort / Police Escort
Controlled Intersections
Roving Mechanical Support
Neutral Support Vehicles
Mechanical Support at Rest Stops
Electronic Start/Finish Hill Timing
Category / Race Prizes
Finishing Medals
Results Within 24 Hours
Downloadable GPS files
Free Training Rides
Finish Line Chute
Number of Timed Hill Climbs
Four Hill Climbs
Event Size
500 - 1999 Riders