Gran Fondo National Series, supported by Haute Route

Golden Gran Fondo

August 18 2019
Golden, Colorado, USA

THE GRAN FONDO NATIONAL SERIES OFFERS NOT ONLY THE HARDEST ROAD RACING SERIES IN THE NATION, BUT ALSO THE MOST FUN!

“Come Challenge Yourself”

Event Open to All

Ride with your friends, Race with your friends

3 Distances to choose from:
Gran Route (81 mi), Medio Route (53mi), Piccolo Route (18 mi)
4 Timed Sections in the Gran Route – Best Combined Time Wins
Custom “Race Winner” jerseys for all Gran Route age group winners
Awards and Prizes for  Gran, Medio and Piccolo winners
No racing license required

Fully stocked aid stations and SAG support to keep you going
Post Race Food & Beverage for a fun recovery

Course Description

Based out of beautiful downtown Golden, CO, the Golden Gran Fondo will take racers on a historic circuit through the Rocky Mountains.  Beginning in downtown Golden, the start of the event traces the route of the inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge.  The course then continues it’s tracing of historical bicycle racing with a long climb towards the continental divide and some of the same roads used in the Coors Classic and featured in the movie American Flyers (Kevin Costner’s classic cycling film that was set in Golden).  Upon reaching the scenic Peak to Peak Highway, racers will be treated to high alpine vistas, lung busting ascents, a taste of hard pack dirt road, and a total of 12,000 feet of climbing before returning to downtown Golden where riders can replenish their exhausted bodies but full souls.  This course is sure to test your climbing prowess while treating you to some of the most ruggedly beautiful landscapes anywhere!

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.#

Golden Gran Fondo

 
Routes: 18, 53, 81 miles
Difficulty of Greatest Route: D - Difficult terrain with longer, steeper hills
Time Zone: Mountain Standard Time (MST)
 
What's Included?

Fully stocked aid stations and SAG support to keep you going
Post Race Food & Beverage for a fun recovery

Aid Stations:
There will be 4 aid stations along the 90 mile route and 3 on the 60 mile route. Each aid station will be fully stocked with Water, HEED drink mix, Hammer Gel, Endurolyte Fizz, Bananas, PB&J Sandwiches, Cookies, Chips and Pretzels and more.

Drop Bags:
View aid station locations on the maps. We will shuttle one bag for you to aid station 2/4 (which is in the same location). This service is meant for you to have your own food, drink, or nutritional product on the course. If you put a jacket/vest, or other item of clothing in your drop bag you must take it with you as you leave the aid station. We are not responsible for things left at aid stations. Drop bags should be dropped off at the check in tent the morning before the race. DO NOT PUT THINGS IN THE DROP BAG THAT YOU EXPECT TO BE TRANSPORTED BACK TO THE START/FINISH AREA. PLAN ON PICKING YOUR ITEMS UP AS YOU PASS THROUGH THE AID STATION.

We are not responsible for lost or damaged goods in a drop bag. We are not responsible for drop bags left after the event. Drop bags will be transported back to the finish area at the end of the event – estimated time that leftover drop bags will be back at finish area is after 6pm.

Bathrooms:
Aid-Station will have bathrooms.  Please use bathrooms.  One of the biggest local complaints is cyclists peeing on the side of the road.  Please help our reputation.

Timing Chips:
All riders must pickup timing chips 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 and be easily readable.

Post Ride Food:
We will have hot food for you and cold beer.

Packet Pickups

Saturday 8/26/17, 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM; MOUNTAIN TOAD BREWING,
900 WASHINGTON AVENUE, GOLDEN, CO
Sunday 8/27/17, 5:30 AM to 7:00 AM; Parfet Park 719 10th St Golden, CO 80401

Prize / Race Categories

Custom “Race Winner” jerseys for all Gran Route age group winners
Awards and Prizes for Gran, Medio and Piccolo winners

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
500 - 1999 Riders
 
 
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