September 7, 2019 - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
The RBC GranFondo Whistler is the largest Gran Fondo in North America with the greatest number of cyclists crossing the iconic Whistler finish line.
Celebrating its 10th Anniversary this September 7th 2019, the event won the bid to host the 2020 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships, being held North America for the first time, and is projected to attract well over 6,000 cyclists from around to world.
The ride offers beautifully stunning landscapes and a clear, traffic-free passage over the picturesque Lions Gate Bridge followed by a challenging climb to the Mountain Resort of Whistler.
Whistler is a point-to-point ride that takes you from Stanley Park in downtown Vancouver all the way to Whistler in your own dedicated lane on the scenic Sea-to-Sky highway with beautiful coastal mountain views.
There are routes for all abilities of cyclists including the 55km Medio, the 122km Gran Fondo and the tougher 152 km Forte, which starts with an epic mountain climb up the Cat 1 Cypress Mountain!
The event is a whole weekend of festivities, including VeloSpoke Expo on the Friday at the Vancouver Convention Centre. The finish line at Whistler is truly a celebration party with BBQ and beer garden for all cyclists, topping out with an evening concert.
The UCI Gran Fondo World Championships are a prestigious event where all amateur cyclists can compete for the right to wear the famous Rainbow Jersey across a range of age categories – which signifies you’re a World Champion!
The 2020 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships will take place on September 12, 2020 along the established course from Vancouver to Whistler. The championships are likely to attract well over 3,000 additional cyclists internationally.
The 10th Anniversary of RBC GranFondo Whistler takes place, September 7, 2019 and is likely to sell out in advance. Gran Fondo Guide subscribers get $25 CAD off when registering. Use the promo code: GFW2019_GFG (valid until March 31st) at checkout.
We strongly believe that 2019 is going to be the biggest year yet for what already has been one of the top U.S. cycling events for years. Voted one of the top 3 Gran Fondos in North America for four years running, the Garden State Fondo new double Metric Century route and a whole weekend of cycling events positions the Garden State Fondo in a league of its own.
We strongly believe that 2019 is going to be the biggest year yet for what already has been one of the top U.S. cycling events for years. Voted one of the top 3 Gran Fondos in North America for four years running, the Garden State Fondo new double Metric Century route and a whole weekend of cycling events positions the Garden State Fondo on a league of its on.
For almost a decade Gran Fondo NJ made thousands of cyclists from all over the world fall in love with the Garden State: A place on earth filled with good things to eat and endless green rolling hills and quiet farm roads to ride on.
Over the years the Gran Fondo turned a corner of the USA into an immense cycling playground and built one of the most vibrant cycling communities in the nation.
From its inception Gran Fondo NJ produced cycling experiences for kids through adults, introduced the 5 star rest stops concept to big rides, became the advocacy force behind cycling infrastructure and cycling safety improvement, developed the first sustainable cycling event in America, energized towns across New Jersey around the sport, and created the best finish line block party in cycling.
It was never like any other Gran Fondo: This ride was not about attacking yet another mountain with brute force, but about becoming one with nature. It is about respecting the characteristic of the terrain, developing the technique to ride rolling hills, mastering nature and riders using the Garden State’s unique geography cunningly.
The Garden State Fondo is all about harnessing the amazing experiences that Gran Fondo NJ provided cyclists in the past while increasing focus on the core value of the event: Challenge people at all levels to experience something truly incredible on their bikes in an environment of natural beauty they didn’t know still existed.
The organizers decided on the Garden State Fondo name change and major additions to the programming in 2019 in order to strengthen the focus on creating sustainable cycling challenges in one of the most beautiful, greenest and best kept secret corners of the USA. The 2019 programming additions include adding a double metric century challenge with an aggressive time cut and a series of cycling and social events throughout the weekend leading to the Gran Fondo, introducing a brand new way for cyclists to set their goals and track their achievements at the event, offering coaching and training advice on the Garden State Fondo blog, and launching an improved training rides program.
Last year’s ride drew thousands of participants from around the US and around the world. The event attracted over 100 teams, with 16 teams of 15 riders or more.
For the past 8 years in its post-ride survey, roughly 40% of participants have consistently rated the Gran Fondo as "The best one-day cycling event ever" and over 90% rated it 8 of 10 or higher.
The Garden State Fondo will be held on September 8, 2019. Register now to secure your spot and the best prices.
Phil Gaimon’s Cookie Fondo is of Fastest Growing Fondo's in North America. 2019 marks the fourth edition of the highly acclaimed Cookie Fondo, it’s been a meteoric rise, with the third edition attracting well over 1,500 cyclists.
Well known LA-based Pro Cyclist, Phil Gaimon called time on his racing career in 2016 to move onto new challenges, and a cookie-themed Gran Fondo in Malibu benefiting Chef’s Cycle and No Kid Hungry was part of his “retirement party”. As a pro, Phil was always asked the question: “How can you train in LA, known only for traffic and movie stars?”
Phil’s Fondo is his answer, "I've ridden all over the world, and with great climbs, ocean air, and perfect weather year-round, I know there’s no better place to ride a bike than LA. This event is my way to show off my home roads and help Los Angeles get the reputation it deserves as a cycling destination. I designed the courses myself, and offer dinner from celebrity chefs, gourmet cookies, a Euro-style coffee stop on the beach, and high-class beer and wine for the full LA experience. Pro teams have held their training camps here for years, and this is your chance to find out why! We have timed segments and prizes for winners, but this ride is less of a competition, and more of celebration of bikes and why I love riding."
Starting in Camarillo, riders head into the Santa Monica Mountains towards Malibu to tackle iconic climbs and enjoy mountain views from the iconic Mulholland, the ocean views from the Pacific Highway, and thrilling descents down Latigo and Decker Canyons.
Riders get to test their mettle on the infamous Encinal Canyon and Yerba Buena climbs and their dirt climbing skills on Sycamore Canyon.
In 2018 the event expanded into a 2-day ride experience, Phil commented “We added another whole day of goodness as we just couldn’t fit all the best climbs into one day!”
As a pro, Phil was known for his love of cookies, so fans would bring him cookies for him at the end of every race. Now he uses his event to “give the cookies back to the people.” Courtesy of celebrity chef Jeff Mahin, a No Kid Hungry advocate and one of the founders of Chef’s Cycle, every aid station has the traditional snacks like CLIF products, and delicious gourmet cookies.
Try to beat the Pros on the Strava challenge and withcelebrity chefs you get rewarded with a truly world-class dining experience, from the expo to the post-ride meal.
In partnership with Chef's Cycle and No Kid Hungry, rider can expect world-class dining experience from the Sponsor Expo to the post-ride meal with celebrity chefs with Michelin stars.
Todd Nelson rode last year and recommends the ride, “Hands down, the best Fondo I've ever done. Logistics were perfect, cheerful and well thought out. Mavic neutral support cars and moto’s was a bonus. Loved hanging out with the pros - very nice guys. Brutal route. Fantastic scenery. I'll be back!”
Phil’s Cookie Fondo is superbly organized, but you have to earn your cookies.
There is a shorter (but not easy) ride options on the Saturday, and 4 distances for the main event on Sunday, from the 32-mile “mini Chip” route, to “for crazies only” 108-mile “Double Fudge,” with the 87-mile Chocolate Chip as the most popular ride.
All riders receive an official Cookie Fondo Swag Bag filled with gear from event sponsors and partners.
There also the VIP Experience, which includes dinner with the pros, bike support, exclusive VIP Swag Bag, full KOM Cookie Kit by Castelli, and hotel stay if you’re coming from out of town.
The fourth edition of Phil’s Cookie Fondo takes place October 26 -27th, 2019.
Registration opens, the same day as Paris-Roubiax on Sunday April 14th.
Levi’s Gran Fondo is one of the biggest and most popular bike rides in the U.S. with cyclists participating from all over North America and internationally, it celebrates its 11th Aninversary in 2019. You too, can join thousands of cyclists taking part in Levi’s Gran Fondo - a must do “Bucket List” ride for every cyclist on October 5, 2019.
With 11 routes on offer, Levi’s Gran Fondo is designed for cyclists of all abilities; from the 8 mile Family Ride, 30 mile Piccolo, 60 mile Medio, the 100 mile Gran, and the challenging 116.8 mile Panzer. For gravel seekers, the Willow Creek option can be tacked on almost any route and adds 1240 feet of climbing on packed dirt under a thick canopy of Redwoods.
The 100 mile Gran Fondo, the biggest and most popular distance, will allow cyclists to ride near enough the same route and KOM climbs as used in the 2017 Tour of California. A definitive cycling experience in northern California that mustn’t be missed. From the damp redwood forests at the base of King Ridge to the 360-degree panoramas at the butcher knife-thin top, this is the stuff of memory. This includes the KOM climbs of King Ridge and Coleman Valley Road to name a few.
The Under 24 ride free program, sponsored in part by Specialized, returns for 2019.
And if you think the climbs are amazing, the descents down Hauser Bridge Road and Meyers Grade will stay with you for the rest of your days!
Ahead of you is an unforgettable day’s cycling, with a mass start, full support on course, with mobile mechanical support from SRAM and full emergency services. Up to eight rest stops, each with whole foods as well as on-bike liquid and gel energy. The Panzer includes a full service Espresso bar with a selection of sweet and savory handmade Panzerotti pastries. Expect mechanical service at each stop, as well as medical personnel, on top of what's driving around on-course. Once the pedalling is done, riders and their families come together at the Fondo Sonoma festival at the Finley Center for a fun day filled with plenty of activities, live music, and great food and beverages.
Levi’s dual mission is to share a legendary ride experience and to raise money and awareness for at-risk youth organizations across the country. “In your town, in your city and community there are kids who need help. We believe, no child should have to deal with at-risk circumstances. Yet the awful truth is that nearly 50% of youth in America do. Levi’s Gran Fondo wants to help change that. We’ve raised over $3.2 million dollars since our inception and we encourage you to help us take it to the next level. Choose an organization. Set up a campaign. Join us for the challenge, the adventure, and what some say is the best produced ride in North America.” - Levi
The Campagnolo Gran Fondo San Diego represents Italian Cycling and Culture on the West Coast at its finest.
A true Italian Gran Fondo is meant to make an everyday rider feel like a fully supported professional rider, and the Campagnolo Gran Fondo San Diego does so with real Italian panache.
Started in 2009, its North America’s longest running Gran Fondo and along with Levi’s Gran Fondo celebrates its 11th edition this year.
Campagnolo, Italy’s finest bicycle and component manufacturer, has been title sponsor for over eight years.
Every April, thousands of cyclists line up under the iconic “Little Italy” sign in downtown San Diego, and in true Italian Flair, the huge peloton is led out by an impressive procession of the finest Ferrari’s. World-class Campy mechanics provide on-course assistance, as cyclists experience America’s Finest City and its surrounding mountains, beaches, deserts, and lakes.
Taking place on April 7th 2019, the Campagnolo Gran Fondo San Diego is one of North America’s top Gran Fondos, attracting cyclists from over 32 states and over 20 countries worldwide.
While the ride grows in popularity each year, it maintains its charming, friendly, and intimate atmosphere.
There are four superbly designed routes that allow cyclists of ALL abilities to enjoy this truly authentic Italian epic cycling experience.
Unlike its Italian cousin, the Campagnolo Gran Fondo San Diego is more personal challenge than race, however hardier riders will enjoy the 60-mile Medio Fondo with 1,500’ of climbing, and the 100-mile Gran Fondo, includes 7,000’ of climbing along with a timed King and Queen of the Mountains Competition on the climb of Harbison Canyon!
The 20-mile Fun Fondo brings riders along San Diego’s picturesque Big Bay, while the 32-mile Piccolo Fondo adds more of a challenge, heading inland for 900’ of climbing.
Riders benefit from up to five fully-stocked aid stations too.
The ride culminates on San Diego’s famous waterfront where all participants receive a finisher’s medal, a free massage, and get to enjoy the beer garden and a four-course Italian feast!
San Diego shares Italy's temperate Mediterranean climate, so you can look forward to cycling in ideal temperatures ranging from 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit!
Make sure you add America’s “Authentic Italian Gran Fondo” to your Bucket List!
Supporting Challenged Athletes Foundation®
The Campagnolo Gran Fondo San Diego is proud to support Challenged Athletes Foundation's® (CAF) Operation Rebound® through Life Sports Foundation.
Challenged Athletes Foundation's® (CAF) Operation Rebound® program is the premier sports and fitness program for American military personnel, veterans and first responders with permanent physical disabilities.
Although fundraising is not required it is greatly encouraged. The Ride organizers show their thankfulness by providing a free ride entry and Jersey to any rider raising $600 or more.
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Registration is filling up, so early entry is advised to secure a place.
Utah’s Premier Gran Fondo will once again be the focus of world-class cycling! The open roads and green flat farm fields of Cache Valley, one of northern Utah's best-kept cycling secrets, will once again become a major draw for thousands of cyclists this July 12-13, 2019.
The focus has always been to create a fun, rewarding and challenging event for everyone. Routes of 38, 50, 70 and 112 miles cater to cyclists with a wide range of abilities who’ll get to enjoy clean air, beautiful vistas and relatively low-traffic roads. Many riders register for their first century, the challenge of a 50-miler, or as a training ride for bigger events like the Tour of Utah’s Ultimate Challenge and LOTOJA.
The 112-mile course will be professionally timed, but all courses will have prizes, allowing individual and teams to win $7,000 dollars in awards, gifts and prizes. If you prefer to ride at a recreational pace, many of our riders stop and enjoy the well-stocked support stations. But beware, prizes are also awarded randomly across the event! Although much of the route is relatively flat, it offers “challenging but doable” climbs up in each distance except the 38-miler.
“The Cache Gran Fondo offers well-stocked aid stations, chances to win great prizes, enjoy a healthy breakfast and lunch, receive a big-bling finisher medal, and have a fun day riding with around 2,000 other inspiring cyclists.” Explains race director, Troy Oldham. “We have many race teams, corporate teams, families & neighbourhood groups, couples and individuals, and they all love Cache Valley for this big, fun, ride!”
For the more competitive cyclist, the 8th Annual Cache Gran Fondo was recently selected as a qualifier for the 2019 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships, which allows amateur cyclists the opportunity to compete to win one of the coveted UCI Rainbow Stripes Jerseys, attracting cyclists from all over North America and Internationally. The UCI Gran Fondo World Championships will take place in Poznan, Poland in September 2019, and Vancouver, BC (Canada) in 2020. The Cache Gran Fondo is also part of the expanding 2019 Gran Fondo National Series.
Also new in 2019, will be an Individual Time Trial on Friday afternoon/evening featuring a scenic out-and-back 10.5 mile course just outside the Logan City limits." Riders can pick up their packets anytime after 10am at Al's Sporting Goods at 1075 North Main, and join us for the ITT starting around 4pm. More details are available on the website.
The fun continues after completing the ride, when all finishers enjoy the festival atmosphere at the Cache Gran Fondo Gran Feed and Outdoor Expo sponsored by the Logan Downtown Alliance. Logan City “closes the street” for Saturday and welcomes the Gran Fondo riders to eat an included meal from one of 5 different vendors, meet local businesses, attend the awards ceremony, listen to local bands and enjoy a great summer afternoon in downtown Logan. There are activities for people of all ages, making it an ideal weekend of fun for families.
In 2019, Cache Valley will once again host Stage One of the Tour of Utah, “America’s Toughest Stage Race”, the professional race features some of the world’s top riders, and this is your opportunity to ride some of the same roads as the pro cyclists do during the race.
Another goal of the Gran Fondo has always been to raise money for local charities in the Cache Valley area. Over the past years, proceeds and donations have been raised to support Cancer Services at Logan Regional Hospital, Hope for Cache Valley, The Family Place, Myeloma Crowd Foundation, Bike Utah, and the Cache Valley Mountain Bike Team. We match your donation, and 100% of what you give goes to these great local charities, most are also running our support stations so they can thank you for supporting their causes.
2019 limited-edition jersey. Jerseys are sold at a low cost of only $40, in 2018, we sold out 4 weeks before the event so make sure to add one to your order this year! Note: They are also designed as a USA kit to be used to represent USA at the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships (USA Residents) or a great souvenir for all other riders. Jerseys courtesy of Hyperthreads - Ogden, UT.
#7 Bookwalter Binge Gran Fondo
October 26, 2019 - Asheville, North Carolina, USA
Back in 2013, Jamie Bookwalter had just finished her master’s degree and was about to start work on her Ph.D.
Her partner Brent Bookwalter, a professional cyclist who currently rides for Mitchelton SCOTT, is away in Europe racing a lot of the time.
They both wanted to hold an event in their hometown of Asheville, North Carolina as a way to connect with and give back to the local community. Jamie grew up in the region and Brent went to Lees McRae College.
Jamie also raced as a professional, riding for Colavita Pro Cycling and the USA National Women's Cycling Team. She rode both stage races and one day Classics in the U.S. and Europe, including the U.S. National Championships.
The concept was a challenging Charity ride around beautiful Asheville, North Carolina every autumn, at the end of the racing season. In true Bookwalter fashion, Jamie decided to tackle another huge project and the Bookwalter Binge was born!
“My wife Jamie gets credit for coming up with the idea for the Bookwalter Binge and for getting the project off the ground.” said Brent “Seriously, I don’t know how she fits it all into 24 hours every day!”
The first “Binge”, as it is fondly referred to, took place in 2014, “The Blue Ridge Mountains are my favorite place in the world to ride a bike,” said Brent. “The miles I’ve spent out on these roads have given me countless fond memories and helped shape the person I am, as well as the professional cyclist I’ve become. The Binge is our chance to share an amazing experience in a unique corner of the world that I’m lucky enough to call home.”
The first year was demanding, involving obtaining permits including access to a national forest road that is never open to cars, safety plans and marking out courses, to name a few of the logistical challenges!
A critical part of the ongoing success since year one has been Jen Billstrom, a veteran event promoter at Velo Girl Rides. Jen directs the event and handles all those details, her partner David Billstrom is the safety director, and he designs and implements the safety plan. Both Jen and David are a critical part of why the Binge has thrived. Their work allows Jamie and Brent to really immerse themselves in the event and interact with the participants.
The event has raised more than $22,000 for charity. The Bookwalter Binge is a non-profit organization with a mission of giving back to the Asheville community in ways that reflect a passion to protect the environment so all can enjoy playing outside. Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, as well as other local non-profits, receive charitable contributions from the Binge.
The ride is expertly designed to cater to cyclists of all abilities. Route options include the 39 mile Piccolo, the 55 mile Medio and the 77 mile Gran Fondo. The variety allows riders ranging from a Tour de France professional to the recreational rider to spend a day on two wheels and traverse some of the most beautiful roads that Brent has trained on.
While the “Binge” has a relaxed end-of-season vibe, it is studded with timed segments on tough climbs that provide an epic challenge to all, and some prizes too. Each route has timed segments and prizes are awarded based on the timed segment results. The vibe in the timed segments is competitive and the rest of the ride is more relaxed. The climbs range from tame to the beastly, with gradients approaching the high teens.
In 2018, a gravel segment was added as the final timed segment for the Gran route. It was popular with riders so Brent went out and found more gravel segments. This year, the Gran route will include three gravel segments. The Medio and Piccolo routes still offer 100% paved roads.
Every year the “Binge” attracts a smattering of top riders. This is a unique opportunity to ride alongside female and male pro cyclists as they celebrate the end of their season racing all over the world and the country. The accessible pros ride all three routes, and along with Brent, they are inspired by cyclists of all backgrounds and abilities. The 2018 line-up included Joey Rosskopf, Ben King, Megan Guarnier, Thomas Revard, George Hincapie, Christian VandeVelde, Jonny Clarke, John Murphy, Courtney Lowe, Laura Jorgensen, Bobby Julich and TJ Eisenhart.
The sixth edition of the Bookwalter Binge, taking place October 26, 2019 opened for registration on March 1, 2019 and is limited to just 300 riders and has sold out in advance since its inception, early registration is advised to secure a place.
Brent said “Last year, we sold out at 300 riders. We want to keep the Binge at this size going forward. In our opinion, the Binge is small enough for people to create real connections with each other and feel like they are part of a community.”
Asheville, autumn colors, the cool crisp air, craft beers, PRO riders past & present and a raffle - what's not to love?
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Now in its seventh year, the Rollfast International Gran Fondo has quickly become one of the world’s premier cycling events.
If you want to know what it’s like to ride a flat stage of the Tour de France, this is about as close as it gets!
If you want to know what it’s like to ride a flat stage of the Tour de France, this is about as close as it gets!
On a course which is known for being extremely flat and sheltered from the wind along the country roads of Hamilton County, Indiana, the Gran Fondo has now become the world’s fastest Gran Fondo producing times under four hours, and attracting elite riders from many countries around the globe, including Canada, El Salvador, England, Mexico, and Puerto Rico.
For seasoned cyclists trying to set a new personal record or new participants looking for an opportunity to ride along with the Pro’s, the Rollfast International Gran Fondo is the event for you!
In 2015, a group of riders challenged each other to finish the century in under four hours, a time unheard for a Gran Fondo, and twenty-five riders beat the time, which is now known as the SUB4 Challenge. Riders completing the 100-mile course in under four hours or five hours (SUB5 Challenge) receive specials awards and pretty cool bragging rights too.
Participants can choose from the 100-mile Gran Route or a smaller version the 65-mile Medio.
Full neutral Moto support including water hand ups to the front group makes the event a stand out ride for many. Live video feeds will give the feel of a World Tour event on the front of the pack and finishers will be rewarded with a custom belt buckle for their efforts.
Each route has plenty of rest stops stocked with food and drinks. One even has fried chicken!
A finish line festival provides an exciting welcome for all cyclists returning from their rides. Catch your breath in the recovery tent with a recovery drink, a quick massage and chiro adjustment. Then grab a beer, make a plate of food and enjoy the live band and a streaming Fondo video.
Friends, family members and local residents can join an all-day festival during the race. The festival features food, drinks, live music in downtown Carmel.
Rider Check-In, welcome receptions, and pre-event activities will take place throughout the weekend leading up to the Sunday Fondo.
The Rollfast Gran Fondo is hosting the new Gran Fondo World Championship ®, a one day race with $3,000 USD in prize money for the winners! The event is part of world tour series with points count in the final Gran Fondo World Tour series ranking.
All event registration fees and net profits from Rollfast events are invested in the Rollfast Foundation, which engages with a unique demographic to prevent suicide. People fighting secret struggles can utilize anonymous a free text to chat service known as RollfastLIVE simply by texting ROLLFAST to 494949.
This legendary ride is so popular it sells out way in advance every year for around 800 places. So, if you are gunning for the SUB4 or SUB5 Club, or just trying to set a PR, the Rollfast Gran Fondo is quickly becoming the premier event in North America to turn your fastest century time ever. Sign up and come ride your fastest century ever!
"The toughest ride in the South," the Cheaha Challenge returns on May 18-19, 2019.
Part of the Alabama Backroads Century Series, the event dates back to 1992 and challenges riders over Mount Cheaha, the highest point in Alabama.
There are six routes for all abilities of cyclists and their families. For those up to the challenge of the climbs, there are routes of 24, 44, 62, 84 and 100 miles, extending up to the 126 mile Ultra with 11,733 feet of climbing!
The Chief Ladiga Cruise is kinder, gentler family style ride that offers distances of 12, 25 or 50 miles on the Chief Ladiga rails-to-trail. There will be Rest Stops on the course, which is all on the paved bike path through Alabama's countryside with Dugger Mountain as the backdrop.
All rides start and finish on campus at Jacksonville State University.
Jacksonville is known for its mild temperatures, clean air, and blue skies, and is located in the midst of four mountains. Nearby is Cheaha State Park and Mount Cheaha.
The Cheaha Challenge has a lot of specialty additions accompanying the rides; Live bands, buffet food, $3,250 dollars in prizes, and Team and Individual Awards. The Rest Stops are amazing, and they hold a contest as to which feed station is the best.
For spectators, there is transport to the top of Alabama, where the first KOM ends.
There are three KOM/QOMs competitions. One on the Century/Ultra course and two additional ones just on the ULTRA. The events boasts an incredible 11 timing points to keep the integrity of the ride at its best.
KOM/QOM, Overall and Age Group Competitions
There are chances to win the coveted KOM/QOM jersey and cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.
There are also cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the overall Century and ULTRA. Again up to $3,250 dollars of prizes are on offer.
2019 UCI Gran Fondo & Time Trial World Series Qualifiers
If you finish in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place or in the top 25% of your age group in the Century ride, you will qualify for the 2019 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships and a shot at the World Champions Rainbow Jersey! The 2019 World Championships are being held at the Poznan Bike Challenge in Poznan, Poland September 5-8, 2019.
It’s the 100 mile century route that is the UCI Qualifier, and features 9,714 feet of climbing in the Talladega Mountains. The UCI Qualifier draws riders from across North America and Internationally.
As well as the Gran Fondo, there is the Time Trial World Championship, a true race against the clock. The event includes a 12 mile time trial to allow you to qualify for the UCI Time Trial World Championships.
For those looking to take part in the UCI qualifiers, the age groups are 19-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-70 and 70+ and are determined by the cyclist's age on Dec. 31 of that year. No racing licence is required to participate in qualification.
UCI Qualifiers will be automatically invited to register in advance.
Every entrant receives a huge amount benefits for their entry fee, which includes; Pre-ride dinner (discounted tickets) and band party, Goody Bags, Pre-ride breakfast, Post-ride party, Fully stocked Rest Stops, Law enforcement support, Medical support, SAG and technical support, Official custom number bibs, Professional Timing, Custom Finisher Caps, Custom ride t-shirts, ULTRA Finishers receive a custom Finisher Shirt, Finisher medal for Cheaha Challenge Century and ULTRA riders, Finisher gift and hot showers at the finish!
Proceeds from the Cheaha Challenge & ULTRA go to maintaining local trails – Chief Ladiga Trail, Black Creek Trails, Coldwater Mountain Trail, and to fund a grant program for the local High School Mountain Bike Teams.
October 19, 2019 - Greenville, South Carolina, USA
The eighth edition of Gran Fondo Hincapie Greenville, attracts cyclists to Greenville, SC every autumn.
Join hundreds of cyclists, celebrities, and enjoy one of three routes through the backroads of Greenville County; the 15-mile Piccolo, 50-mile Medio, or 80-mile Gran Fondo, which includes around 8,100 feet of climbing.
The routes were inspired by George’s favorite training rides for the Tour de France and include plenty of epic climbs and challenging descents.
Surrounding the ride is a Celebrity Chef Dinner, an After Party, and a family festival with free food, beer, and bouncy houses.
All this is backed up by SRAM and Lexus neutral vehicle support, police, first aid and motorcade support, and fabulous food stops on route with live music! The ride is live-streamed on the internet and on huge screens at the start/finish and around the route.
Riders are rewarded for all their efforts with amazing views, especially at the top of the timed Lexus KOM climb of Skyuka Mountain after 20 miles.
Kicking off the ride are always celebrities, professional cyclists, and retired pros. Past celebrities have included Patrick Dempsey, Connor Shaw, Sean Ringgold, and Justin Barcia. The Fondo has also hosted its share of professional and retired pro cyclists, including Christian Vande Velde, Bobby Julich, Jeremiah Bishop, Ryder Hesjedal, Erik Zabel, Rahsaan Bahati, Toms Skujins, Brent Bookwalter, Larry Warbasse, TJ Eisenhart, Robin Carpenter.
Some of proceeds from the event benefit Greenville’s Meals on Wheels, a non-profit organization that delivers hot meals to the homebound in the community.
The eight edition of the Gran Fondo Hincapie Greenville takes place October 19, 2019.
Coined “America's 5-Star Gran Fondo", the first event in the 2019 Gran Fondo National Series (GFNS), the limited field had cyclists flocking to the warm and welcoming Malibu Hills from all over the world, as the event SOLD OUT for a fourth year in a row.
"Imagine rolling into Malibu, California with the sun overhead, ocean breeze at your back and the mountains in the near distance rousing your legs to ascend like the great champions of the Tour de France - this is the Malibu GRANFONDO." - Peloton Magazine
In its sixth year, the Malibu GRANFONDO has exceeded expectations in offering an event that combines the spectacular cycling terrain around Malibu, California, with a full weekend of riding, dining, and unparalleled pro-level support. This year’s event was held on March 15 - 17, 2019, with Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village playing host to the start and finish, in addition to offering a complete cycling package with luxury accommodations.
With three unique events provided across the long weekend, riders choose the events that best suited their calendar.
The Malibu GRANFONDO is designed for those who train regularly, love to travel and enjoy making new friends from around the world. The event now draws athletes from over 12 countries including Canada, Germany, Spain, Mexico, Norway, Italy, UK as well as numerous outlying States - all seeking warm weather, premium riding terrain, and great camaraderie.
Saturday’s Malibu GRANFONDO featured a 151-kilometer Classico course and a 106-kilometer Medio course. Both started and finished at the luxurious Four Seasons Westlake Village. Heading west from Westlake Village, CA, both routes rode through rolling farmland for the first 20 miles. There, the Classico riders turn right to headed out on a loop through scenic horse farms, while the Medio riders turned left and headed for the beach.
Both routes featured about 20 miles of riding along the coast on the iconic Pacific Coast Highway. Riders rolled through the town of Malibu, CA before heading up the biggest challenge : Latigo Canyon. This 7-mile climb ascended about 2,000 feet with an average grade of 5.1 percent. However, within that average grade there are steep pitches to challenge riders’ legs.
The climbing wasn’t entirely over at the top of Latigo Canyon. After the initial climb there was another 6 miles featuring some big rolling hills that add up to another 750 feet of elevation gain (and loss).
After enjoying pro-level support and real-food aid stations on course, a gourmet brunch awaited riders when they reached the finish line. From the beginning, the Malibu GRANFONDO has been known for great hospitality, professional support, and incredible food.
The Malibu GRANFONDO celebrated all that is great about the world of cycling; beautiful landscapes, long arduous climbs rewarded with incredible views, healthy food (and plenty of it!) and the chance to spend a whole weekend with a team of likeminded athletes.
The two-day Malibu GRANFONDO Complete Experience included Saturday’s ride, added a bevy of post-ride amenities, and featured a 35-kilometer recovery ride on Sunday morning. To stay close to the action, riders were encouraged to stay at the Four Seasons Westlake Village, which provided special event pricing to participants.
Post-ride amenities on the Saturday included a massage, bike wash and valet, an evening wine reception and a bottle of California wine, and more.
March 15-17 Malibu GRANFONDO (Malibu, California)
March 24 Gran Fondo Florida (San Antonio, Florida)
April 28 TT1 Tour of Georgia Gran Fondo (Helen, Georgia)
June 2 Highlands Gran Fondo (Butler, New Jersey)
June 9 Golden Gran Fondo (Golden, Colorado)
July 13 Cache Gran Fondo (Logan, Utah)
July 21 Gran Fondo Asheville (Asheville, North Carolina)
August 4 Boone Gran Fondo (Boone, North Carolina)
September 22 Gran Fondo Maryland (Frederick, Maryland)
September 28 Jensie Gran Fondo (Marin County, California)
Traffic control and fully marked routes
GPS downloads of the routes and timed sections
*T-Shirt included for registrations received more than 10 day’s in advance of event date
Fully stocked aid stations with energy product, food and toilets
Up to Four timed sections (requires over $100,000 in timing equipment)
Goody-bag with various schwag items
Custom “Race Winner” kits from DNA Cycling awarded to all Gran Route age group winners
Awards and Prizes for Gran, Medio, and Piccolo age-group podiums
Awards for age-group placement
Team competition: fastest four person team in the Gran Route
No racing license is required.
Hot food and cold beer waiting for you at the finish line, plus chances to win valuable raffle prizes
The enjoyment of riding some of the finest cycling routes you’ve ever ridden
Apply 100% of your GFNS entry fee toward a Haute Route entry fee
Haute Route Special Offer!
As part of the worldwide Haute Route family of cycling events, GFNS is proud to deliver world-class service, as well as valuable incentives to join us at Haute Route 3-day and 7-day cycling events in the US and around the world. If you can finish a GFNS event, you are ready for Haute Route!
To inspire you to do more, Haute Route will apply your full GFNS entry fee toward a 2019 Haute Route entry!
If you ride any GFNS event in 2018, you are entitled to credit the entire entry fee paid toward any 2019 Haute Route three-day or seven-day event. Already signed up for the Haute Route? Then take advantage of a free entry into one 2019 GFNS event of your choice to prepare for the Haute Route.
Another industry innovation pioneered by Reuben Kline and launched in conjunction with the Haute Route partnership is the U23 Campaign. To advocate and promote youth cycling, GFNS and Haute Route have created a U23 campaign which allows any rider under 23 to register for any GFNS event for $23. Riders under 23 can register by using the coupon code U23@GFNS (Note: all riders must show photo ID with DOB indicated at check in, promotors as you please do not misuse this code, it will be obvious if you do).
#12 Campagnolo GFNY World Championship 2019
May 19 2019 - New York, New York, USA
GFNY is the biggest global Gran Fondo series, over 50,000 riders from over 100 countries compete in GFNY races around the world, with 19 races for 2019.
Every year it draws in cyclists from around the world for the GFNY World Championship.
The 9th annual Campagnolo GFNY World Championship New York will be held on May 19, 2019. The race features the world’s most international peloton with riders from over 90 countries. Athletes take on a challenging 100-mile route from NYC to Bear Mountain to Fort Lee to compete against each other, the clock and themselves in a personal endurance challenge.
GFNY is the global cycling marathon brand with events held in NYC, Argentina, Bali-Indonesia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Italy, Jerusalem-Israel, Lake Toba – Indonesia, Cozumel-Mexico, Monterrey-Mexico, Panama, Philippines, Portugal, República Dominicana, Santa Fe-USA and Uruguay.
Riders get to BE A PRO FOR A DAY by competing against others, themselves and the clock in a personal endurance challenge.
At all GFNY events, riders have the chance to qualify for the elite racer corral at the GFNY World Championship in NYC by placing in the top 10% (20% at regional championships) of their age group.
The Championship race is a 100-mile cycling marathon with 8,500 feet of climbing from NYC to Bear Mountain and back, open to professional cyclists and amateurs. The event is run like true Italian Gran Fondo: mass start, chip timed start to finish, right of way for riders along the full course, results based on overall time and prizes for overall winners and age group podiums. The 50-mile “GFNY Bear” is a timed bike tour. Finish times are provided in alphabetical order. There are no prizes. GFNY Bear is a stepping-stone to the GFNY 100. The course ends at Bear Mountain, from where riders are transported back to NYC. 85% of the riders set out to ride GFNY 100.
At each GFNY event, riders enjoy; Closed roads or police-moderated traffic with right-of-way at all intersections, Start-to-finish chip timing, Rankings based on finish time and a podium awards ceremony, Finisher medal, Official race jersey, which is mandatory attire for the race and made by GFNY in Italy, Uniform set of rules to ensure fairness and predictability for the riders and a race in an attractive tourism destination for cyclists and family.
The GFNY championship awards prizes across a range of male and female age categories. There is an overall male and female prize, a him and her category and a team competition. At all GFNY events, riders have the chance to qualify for the elite racer corral at the GFNY World Championship in NYC by placing in the top 10% (20% at regional championships) of their age group.
Besides the awesome medal you get at every GFNY finish line, there are now new medals you're earning for multiple GFNY finishes.
On May 16-19, 2019, NYC Bike Expo returns for its 9th annual edition. The road cycling show will attract more than 10,000 visitors who are avid road cyclists, endurance athletes and cycling fans. Exhibitors will showcase products such as bike components, bike brands, and cycling events. The expo is among the largest consumer road cycling expos in the world.
New York City Bike Expo serves as mandatory in-person packet pick up for the 5,000 riders competing at the Campagnolo GFNY World Championship NYC. The expo also attracts over 7,000 non-GFNY participants and is open to the public and free admission.
2019 GFNY Gran Fondo World Series
17 March GFNY MONTERREY
17 March GFNY URUGUAY
24 March GFNY LATIN AMERICA CHAMPIONSHIP COLOMBIA
31 March GFNY ITALIA MONTEPULCIANO
7 April GFNY REPUBLICA DOMINICANA
3 May GFNY MIDDLE EAST – AFRICA CHAMPIONSHIP JERUSALEM
19 May GFNY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP NYC
23 June GFNY SANTA FE
7 July GFNY COSTA RICA
4 August GFNY BRASIL
8 September GFNY EUROPE CHAMPIONSHIP PORTUGAL
1 September GFNY INDONESIA
22 September GFNY PHILIPPINES
12 October GFNY ECUADOR
20 October GFNY PANAMA
3 November GFNY ARGENTINA
10 November GFNY COZUMEL-MEXICO
24 November GFNY CHILE
23 February 2020 GFNY BALI
Northeast's Premier Gran Fondo, taking place on June 29, 2019, the sixth edition of the Vermont Gran Fondo showcases the Green Mountain’s quiet, challenging climbs and breath-taking views, hailed as the best road biking in New England, and earned the status of the state with the most climbing by Strava.
The Vermont Gran Fondo is arguably one of the toughest Gran Fondo’s in North America. Such is its reputation, it attracts hundreds of cyclists from all over the USA, Canada and Internationally.
The routes include stretches of iconic Vermont dirt roads. They are hard packed and easily traversed on road bikes.
Both the Gran and Medio routes include an ascent of the eastern slope of Appalachian Gap, whose 24% maximum grade and an 8% average. The remaining 3 gaps are yet to be finalized but, whatever the combination, you’ll be assured of a 100+ miles and 10,000+ feet of climbing.
FEAR NOT, despite its formidable reputation, there is route for everyone.
The 38.8 mile Piccolo Fondo, the tamer of the routes, avoids the lager gaps but, still offers a solid challenge of 2,800 ft of climbing.
The tougher 77 miles for the Medio Fondo includes the climbs of the Appalachian and Middlebury Gaps with a maximum gradient of 24% and 7,500 feet of climbing.
The formidable Gran Fondo route cover 109 miles and more than 11,000 feet of climbing over Appalachian Gap and Middlebury Gaps, the remaining two Gap yet to be finalized, for a whopping quadruple-gap century ride.
From the first year, the Vermont Gran Fondo has always had a special emphasis on rider experience. There are fully stocked rest stops and toilets, approximately every 20 miles which will include water, Hammer Nutrition’s, yummy fresh food, and first aid supplies. The first refueling stop will be available at the peak of Appalachian Gap, and then at other critical locations.
Participants benefit from Full Moto support, Mechanical and “SAG” support vans.
After this challenging ride, you can fully recover, and relax at the after party. The Vermont Gran Fondo après ride party will take place at the start and finish area at the Bristol Rec Club, Bristol, VT.
Enjoy live music, a variety of food choices including tacos, tamales, wood fired pizza, salads and locally-produced beverages (beer of course!), and farm-to-spoon ice cream, all in our massive party tent. Entry into the party and four food tokens are included in your registration fee.
This year’s event will again feature the KOM & QOM challenge. This year we’ll be focusing on the pinnacle climb of the event, once the final course is set.
Every cyclist should add the Vermont Gran Fondo ride to their Bucket List at least once, and once it’s checked off, do it again. If the stunning views of the Green Mountains don’t take your breath away, the climbs will!
Register before April 1st and save with discounted early bird fees. Take advantage of discounted team entry for three or more riders too.
The fourth annual Bluewater International Granfondo (BIGF) welcomes cyclists to Lambton County’s Bluewaterland, with a start and finish along the shores of Lake Huron in Sarnia’s beautiful Mike Weir Park. The BIGF is part personal challenge and part serious competition.
There are now four routes of 30, 50, 100, and 150 km available to suit all abilities of cyclists. The event is part of the growing Gran Fondo World Tour ® Series, and has SOLD OUT for three years in a row, attracting nearly 1,000 cyclists.
There is no start to finish time as in traditional racing formats but rather timed sections that count towards your time, allowing your competitive juices to flow if you want too. This means you can take your time between race sections, stop at the fuel stations, re-group and enjoy the ride with your friends and teammates.
Afterwards, you can cool off with a refreshing swim in Lake Huron prior to relaxing to live music, while enjoying a well-deserved beer or soft drink along with some very tasty food.
B.I.G. supports two charities, St. Joseph’s Hospice and Bluewater Health Palliative Care with the emphasis being on further education of staff in the field of Palliative Care. The 3rd annual cycling event raised more than $60,000, compared to $30,000 in the first year and $50,000 in year two.
Race committee chair Ken McAlpine said the money raised does a lot for the community, “We feel that we will have one of the best palliative care hospices and the best palliative care possibly in Canada and certainly Ontario.”
Photo: Bluewater International Granfondo makes a $60,000 donation to St. Joseph's Hospice and Bluewater Health's Palliative Care. August 2018. (Photo courtesy of Gina Marie Photography)
The 2018 Bluewater International Granfondo won Sarnia’s first age-friendly award. Topping nine submissions for the new category in the City of Sarnia’s annual Accessibility Awards, “the event that drew 1,000 riders to Sarnia earlier this year is a good example of something that incorporates all age groups,” said Dale Mosley, the city’s accessibility coordinator. “Fifty per cent of those people were over the age of 55,” he said. “And then it went from children all the way up to seniors.”
BIG continues to host the Ontario First Responder Road Cycling Championships
BIG is proud to again host Ontario First Responders Road Cycling Championship (OFRRCC).The OFRRCC will give First Responders an opportunity to showcase their dedication to the sport of cycling, while taking part in a terrific community event. The OFRRCC is open to active and retired sworn and civilian members of the police, fire and paramedic communities.
The unique format of the Championship allows the riders to enjoy a casual ride or “ride to win”. Within the 100km route, there are three timed sections which can be raced for the championship. The winners will be riders who finish the 100km route and post the fastest cumulative time in the three sections. Only the sections are timed, so riders can re-group, ride together, and enjoy the support of the Bluewater International Granfondo.
Register NOW to Secure a Place!
Since, its inception, the Bluewater International Granfondo has SOLD OUT well in advance, entries have increased to 1,000 places. The remaining places are now limited!
To avoid disappointment, register now before prices increase.
Register by June 1st to be entered into two draws to win a week’s cycling vacation for two at one of Italy’s outstanding Bike Hotels. The Lungomare Bike Hotel in Cesenatico on the Adriatic. BIG opportunity for you and a friend to get in some high quality riding while enjoying some fine Italian hospitality, food and wine …… courtesy of friends at Bic Amore Mio. Draws will be during awards ceremony on ride day!
September 28, 2019 - Marin County, California, USA
The 5th Annual Jensie Gran Fondo of Marin takes place on Marin County’s world-class roads with gourmet food and expert support. Offering three epic routes at Stafford Lake Park in Novato, including the 100-mile “Shut Up Legs”, the 70-mile “Presidential” and the “Breakaway” at 40 miles, all participants will have the chance to ride with beloved former pro, Jens Voigt.
“I've always loved California, especially Marin County. What’s better to ride on than these roads? And now I don't even have to hurt myself in the breakaway anymore,” said Voigt. “I can’t wait to take to Marin’s best and most scenic roads, fueled by the yummiest local food, and yell “Shut Up Legs!” all over the county.”
You can expect an awesome day with Jens Voigt, the most fun guy in pro cycling. If you’re lucky he will let you suffer on his wheel. You’ll be treated to a ProTour level experience with neutral support along the way and before the ride. You’ll travel along the world class roads of Marin County, with notable views of Alpine Dam, Mount Tam, Stinson Beach, Bolinas, Point Reyes and Tomales Bay. We’ll keep you fueled along the way with fully staffed and stocked service stops including amazing food from Marin’s local food purveyors.
The routes will converge at the Point Reyes Station Grand Stop. At the grand stop you will be treated to the best of what Marin has to offer from food, music and amazing sights. You’ll have the opportunity to freshen up and enjoy the Gran Fondo village where you will be treated to a Jensie inspired recovery meal and local brew- on-stage performances and special appearances. In addition you will receive a swag bag that includes a Gran Fondo gift bag, the official Gran Fondo rider manual, goodies from our participating sponsors and a Jensie Gran Fondo commemorative water bottle.
The Jensie Gran Fondo is the final round of the Gran Fondo National Series (GNFS), the largest series of Gran Fondo events in the USA with a nationwide calendar of 10 events attended by over 8,000 riders.
The series culminates at the Jensie Gran Fondo, September 28, 2019 in Marin County, California. The Gran Fondo National Championship Series competition, which is comprised of a riders best three finishes across any of the series events.
Each Gran Fondo National Championship Series winner will receive a custom winner’s kit from DNA Cycling and 1 free entry to any 3-day Haute Route event in the United States. Click here for more information on the point’s calculation.
In addition, the Jensie Gran Fondo also aims to raise funds in support of the Marin County Bicycle Coalition (MCBC)!
Event dates for the 2019 Gran Fondo National Series, presented by Haute Route, are posted and registration is open! Get your calendar out and start making plans. You are definitely going to want to reserve the following dates in your 2019 calendar!
March 15-17 – Malibu GRANFONDO (Malibu, California)
March 24 – Gran Fondo Florida (San Antonio, Florida)
April 28 – TT1 Tour of Georgia Gran Fondo (Helen, Georgia)
June 2 – Highlands Gran Fondo (Butler, New Jersey)
June 23 – Golden Gran Fondo (Golden, Colorado)
July 13 – Cache Gran Fondo (Logan, Utah)*
July 21 – Gran Fondo Asheville (Asheville, North Carolina)
August 4 – Boone Gran Fondo (Boone, North Carolina)
September 22 – Gran Fondo Maryland (Frederick, Maryland)
September 28 – Jensie Gran Fondo (Marin County, California)
Monday, May 20, 2019 - Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA
The Freewheelers Cycling Association of Spartanburg is pleased to announce the 2019 Assaults on Mt. Mitchell and Marion presented by Prisma Health (PH) is set for Monday, May 20, 2019, but it has already SOLD OUT.
The Freewheelers Cycling Association of Spartanburg is pleased to announce the 2019 Assaults on Mt. Mitchell and Marion presented by Prisma Health (PH) is set for Monday, May 20, 2019. This one-day century ride, known as the Southeast’s Premier Cycling Experience, attracts cyclists from around the world each year, with a climb of more than 10,000 vertical feet over the course of the ride. Prisma Health is presenting sponsor again this year for “the Beast of the East,” as the ride has come to be known.
The scenic mountainous course is as challenging as it is breath-taking, an experience to which cyclists return every spring to ride from Spartanburg, S.C. to either Marion, N.C. (74 miles) or the top of Mount Mitchell (103 miles) - to best previous personal records.
In 1975 – long before the days of personal bucket lists – Spartanburg, South Carolina native John Bryan, an early Freewheelers member, set out to ride from his hometown to the top of Mt. Mitchell, the highest peak east of the Mississippi. He enlisted a group of hardy Freewheelers, who were up for the challenge, to join him. Bryan’s inaugural ride evolved into what is now known as The Assault on Mt. Mitchell®.
The Assault on Mt. Mitchell® is a 103-mile challenge ride from Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium in downtown Spartanburg, South Carolina, along the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, to the summit at Mt. Mitchell State Park in North Carolina —a total vertical ascent of more than 10,000 feet, reaching the highest point east of the Mississippi!
The Assault on Marion® is a 74-mile challenge ride starting from Spartanburg and ending at the Tom Johnson Rally Park Pavilion in Marion, NC. The Assault on Marion® began in 1993 as a way to allow more cyclists to participate in the event without the more challenging 28 mile Blue Ridge Parkway and Mt Mitchell climb. Although it does not include the 28-mile climb to the top of the mountain, the route is just as enjoyable and engaging with rolling hills, multiple climbs, and compelling North Carolina scenery.
Together, the two rides are known as a singular event – The Assaults.
The climb of Mt. Mitchell is also rated one of the Top 10 U.S. Hill Climb Challenges in 2018 by Gran Fondo Guide. In true Gran Fondo style, The Assaults on Mt. Mitchell(R) is timed so you can compare with your friends and peers!
Past riders have included NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson, ex-pro cyclist George Hincapie and pro cyclist Matthew Kutilek
Included in the entry fee are 10 rest stops that offer food, beverages, first aid and toilets. SAG and Tech volunteers will be available along the route to provide assistance for riders. Entry also includes a T-Shirt, meal at Marion and a commemorative patch.
Participants will be able to drop off a small dry clothes bag during packet pick-up that will be transported to Mt. Mitchell or Marion. Upon finishing, participants will have access to food, beverage and changing stations. Buses will transport Mitchell riders off the Mountain to the Tom Johnson Campground to enjoy post-ride festivities!
Thanks to ride sponsors and participants, a portion of the proceeds from the 2019 ride will go to support organizations in and around the Upstate and Western N.C. Organizations include FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Palmetto Cycling Association, the Spartanburg Humane Society, SC School for the Deaf and Blind and many more.
Mt. Mitchell Sold Out in Advance
The 2019 Assaults on Mt. Mitchell has sold out in advance.
However, if you register for the 2019 Assault on Marion you secure your spot to pre-register for the Assault on Mt. Mitchell in 2020, in advance of the general public.
For more information please visit TheAssaults.com, or click on the register button below.
#17 Granfondo Garneau-Quebecor
August 11, 2019 - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada
The 11th edition will take place on Sunday, August 11, 2019. Riders will leave the Alphonse-Desjardins Sports Center in Trois-Rivières to arrive at the Louis Garneau Sports factory finish line in St-Augustin-de-Desmaures in the afternoon after 118km. Several groups will be formed according to cyclists’ average riding speeds.
There is also the 22km Mini Fondo course, they will then take a break before heading back to the Louis Garneau Sports factory via St-Augustin-de-Desmaures’ 3e Rang. Participants will be back just in time to enjoy a good meal and watch the Gran Fondo riders cross the finish line.
Thanks to the participation of the many riders of the 10th edition of the Granfondo Garneau-Quebecor that took place last August, Louis Garneau wass proud to present a cheque for $61,000 to the Little Brothers, an organization committed to relieving isolation and loneliness among the elderly.
Since its creation in 2009, all the profits of the event have been donated to the Little Brothers and to this day, over $600,000 have been raised.
In Quebec, there are more than 600,000 people over 75 years of age. 15 Little Brothers teams, supported by over 1,500 volunteers and thanks to the generosity of donors, can promise more than 1,200 old friends that they will NEVER AGAIN be alone by offering them a forever family.
Caroline Sauriol, general manager of the Little Brothers organization, was sincerely moved by the participants’ enthusiasm: “Every single one of their pedal strokes contribute to changing the lives of elders who have no one, one visit at a time, one smile at a time. The funds raised will allow the lonely elderly of the Quebec region to be part of a big, loving family and to enjoy precious summertime at the Paul-Garneau cabin. Thank you to everyone who participated, many thanks to all of them, and especially to the truly visionary Louis Garneau and his team for organizing this amazing event for our elders!”
Registration is now open for the 2019 edition of the Granfondo Garneau-Quebecor! Places will be limited to 2,000.
Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie, the largest cycling event in Atlantic Canada, is introducing a fifth ride to celebrate its fifth anniversary, all while offering the breath-taking ocean views and celebratory lobster dinner that have won the hearts of cyclists worldwide.
The event, which has quickly become a bucket list cycling and cultural experience, hosted 970 cyclists in 2018 from Alaska to Australia. This year, organizers expect to attract more than 1,000 participants. As of March 12, there are currently 178 registrations, including 50 from outside Nova Scotia.
On September 22, cyclists will once again ride along Nova Scotia’s spectacular Acadian Shore. A fifth ride, the 88.5 km Mezzo “middle” Fondo, has been added to the roster to celebrate the event’s fifth edition. Participants can also choose between the 161 km Super Gran and 118 km Gran routes for experienced riders, or the popular 67 km Medio or shorter 35 km Piccolo rides for intermediate and novice cyclists. Riders will navigate rolling inland roads along lakes and rivers, and pass by towering wooden churches along the panoramic coastal route that hugs Nova Scotia’s Baie Sainte-Marie.
“This event continues to grow and flourish every year,” stated Ronnie LeBlanc, Warden of the Municipality of Clare. “The community wholeheartedly opens its doors to cyclists from all over Nova Scotia and the world. I look forward to riding in my fifth Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie this September!”
Watch the 2019 Promotional Video
Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie appeals to cyclists looking to ride for fun, for good health and to take on a personal challenge. Although a timed event, it is more of a self-paced fun group event, rather than a race. After their ride, cyclists are treated to a complimentary lunch, with a choice of a vegetarian option, BBQ pork or the perennial favourite, fresh lobster in the shell.
Returning in 2019, the Mini-Fondo (2 km and 4 km) for children ages 5 to 12 will be held on Saturday, September 21. “We want to offer families an entire weekend of cycling. Last year we were super pleased to see 95 kids participate,” said Louanne Doucet, owner of the Vélo Baie Sainte-Marie bike shop and member of the organizing committee.
Cyclists are encouraged to register early to participate in draws: those registered by the end of March have a chance to win their registration or a Gran Fondo duffle bag. Participants registered by July 15 will receive an Acadian themed fifth anniversary event jersey. The $99 registration also includes a swag bag, transponder timing, nutrition stops and entertainment along the route, a free massage and a finishing medal.
Big Bear Cycling Association (BBCA) announced it has scheduled its 10th anniversary of the Tour de Big Bear cycling event for Saturday, August 3, 2019
Held in the high country of Southern California’s San Bernardino Mountains, road cyclists of all levels escape the summer heat, cruise alpine roadways, ascend high mountain passes like Onyx Summit (elevation 8,443 feet) and circumnavigate Big Bear and Baldwin Lakes. With scenic and challenging high-altitude course options, professional-style racing support, and several days of cycling-oriented events, it’s no wonder Big Bear Lake has become known as the “Cycling Capital of Southern California.”
Held in the high country of Southern California’s San Bernardino Mountains, road cyclists of all levels escape the summer heat, cruise alpine roadways, ascend high mountain passes like Onyx Summit (elevation 8,443 feet) and circumnavigate Big Bear and Baldwin Lakes. With scenic and challenging high-altitude course options, professional-style racing support, and several days of cycling-oriented events, it’s no wonder Big Bear Lake has become known as the “Cycling Capital of Southern California.”
"Tour de Big Bear continues to be a cycling event that caters to every level of rider,” says Chris Barnes, president, BBCA. “From the high level, accomplished riders to those who want to enjoy a support ride around Big Bear Lake.” This year BBCA has added a new, shorter 10k route in commemoration of the 10th anniversary. “This distance is a great way to introduce kids to road cycling as well as adults who want to learn more about the sport,” adds Barnes.
Tour de Big Bear is a timed event and includes the popular King and Queen of the Mountain Race Segments; prizes are awarded to winners of these competitive events. All registered riders receive a goodie bag, custom-designed finishers’ medal, and a high-performance, technical shirt.
Each Tour de Big Bear route is staffed with two course marshals, numerous nutrition/hydration aid stations, first aid attendants, and rider safety and repair vehicles. The Tour de Big Bear aid stations are noted in cycling circles for being some of the best in the country. Snacks include bacon, ribs, avocado toast, popsicles and a chocolate fountain, plus nutrition sponsored by Science in Sport endurance nutrition products.
Tour de Big Bear Route Options
10th Anniversary Tour de Big Bear Fun Ride – 10k
Tour de Big Bear – 25 miles –1,300 feet of climbing
Big Bear Valley Tour – 50 miles – 3,700 feet of climbing
The Grand Tour – 70 miles –5,600 feet of climbing
The Climb – 106 miles –9,550 feet of challenging climbing
Gran Fondo – 109 miles –10,000 feet of climbing
Tour de Big Bear Weekend Events
BBCA hosts a two-day cycling expo that includes 40+ cycling vendors, a complimentary bike valet for registered riders, entry into the Beer Garden, participation in BBCA’s famous raffle, and live entertainment during Saturday’s festivities. In addition to the Tour de Big Bear and cycling expo, during the week prior to the event there are numerous scheduled altitude acclimation rides as well as a fun poker run. Rounding out the weekend are organized free recovery rides on Sunday, August 4, 2019.
Big Bear Cycling Association (BBCA) is a non-profit organization open to all disciplines and levels of cycling ability, including those with special needs. BBCA’s mission is to present cycling as beneficial to our membership, community, and visitors; promote fun and safe cycling through education and events; support local agency collaboration and cycling advocacy; encourage equal road and trail rights; and share in the friendship and community of cycling enthusiasts. #ridewithus www.BigBearCycling.com
#20 Mammoth Gran Fondo
September 7, 2019 - Mammoth Lakes, California, USA
The Mammoth Gran Fondo is ready for another year of fantastic riding, amazing scenery, and good vibes
Chosen as a "top-ten" bike ride by Bicycling Magazine for its "jaw-dropping vistas". Taking place September 7th in Mammoth Lakes where you can find California’s highest four-season resort, Mammoth Mountain, and a cyclist’s playground.
With 300 days of sunshine annually, the Eastern Sierra offers infinite cycling possibilities, with quiet roads and breath-taking scenic beauty all year long.
For 26 years the Mammoth Gran Fondo has taken riders on one of the most scenic rides in North America. Views of high sierra peaks, past ancient volcanic craters, alongside an ancient alkaline sea and bubbling geothermal hot springs there’s no other ride like it in the USA.
70 miles will be on roads closed to thru traffic.
A Distance for Everyone
There are three distances available to suit all abilities of cyclists, ranging from the doable 42 mile Piccolo Fondo to the more challenging 70 mile Medio Fondo.
The 102 mile Gran Fondo contains 6,643 feet of total climbing at elevation, and up to six feed stations with full SAG and technical support provide the level of support you’d expect of a world-class ride.
Then there’s the famous after party with “recovery beverages” of all flavors, a tradition in its own right, helping revelers numb the pain of completing the ride!
There’s also free photos of you after your ride, plus a signature pint Glass!
Official Mammoth Gran Fondo Kit Available
Crafted by VR7, the high quality jersey shows Mt. Banner and Mt. Ritter, part of the iconic Minaret mountain range and one of the most breath-taking vistas on the ride. It also proudly sports the logo of Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation as a constant reminder that every pedal stroke is helping a youth in this community.
NEW Prima Fondo VIP Add-On
For a minimum donation of $200 to Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation, be part of the new Prima Fondo!
Prima Fondo includes VIP registration, a Front-Line start pass, and a VIP seating area at the post-ride event. Prima Fondo riders will get a 10 minute head start ahead of the main peloton.
All funds benefit the mission of Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation in support children through academics, athletics, and community outreach in the Eastern Sierra. One such program is our bike lending program which gives road and mountain bikes to children to use each summer.
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We have a newsletter (each week or fortnight) which contains the latest news. If you do not wish to receive our newsletter, you can OPT OUT at any time, using the unsubscribe link at the bottom of our newsletter.
WE WILL NEVER DISCLOSE, SELL OR RENT YOUR DETAILS TO A THIRD PARTY.
Your personal details are secure and made available only to you, unless you share certain information with friends or family - that you authorise.
Should you wish to have your membership details removed from our system, please use the Contact Us form supplying your registered email address. This will include any content or any other information you provided. This is final.
Acceptance Of Terms
The Site is an online community which enables cyclists and cycling event organizers to post content related to upcoming cycling events and access and/or purchase services from time to time made available on the Site (“Services”). Services include, but are not limited to, any service and/or content GranFondoGuide.com makes available to or performs for you, as well as the offering of any materials displayed, transmitted or performed on the Site or through the Services. Content (“Content”) includes, but is not limited to text, alerts, ratings, user comments, messages, information, data, graphics, news articles, photographs, images, illustrations, and software. Your access to and use of the Site may be interrupted from time to time as a result of equipment malfunction, updating, maintenance or repair of the Site or any other reason within or outside the control of GranFondoGuide.com. GranFondoGuide.com reserves the right to suspend or discontinue the availability of the Site and/or any Service and/or remove any Content at any time at its sole discretion and without prior notice. GranFondoGuide.com may also impose limits on certain features and Services or restrict your access to parts of or all of the Site and the Services without notice or liability.
No membership is required to view much of the content on GranFondoGuide.com, but as a condition to posting or publishing content on GranFondoGuide.com, you are required to open an account with GranFondoGuide.com and select a password, and to provide registration information. The registration information you provide must be accurate, complete, and current at all times. Failure to do so constitutes a breach of the Terms, which may result in immediate termination of your GranFondoGuide.com account. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password and are solely responsible for all activities resulting from the use of your password and conducted through your GranFondoGuide.com account. Services are available only to individuals who are either (i) at least 18 years old, or (ii) at least 14 years old, and who are authorized to access the Site by a parent or legal guardian. If you have authorized a minor to use the Site, you are responsible for the online conduct of such minor, and the consequences of any misuse of the Site by the minor.
All Content posted or otherwise submitted to the Site is the sole responsibility of the account holder from which such Content originates and you acknowledge and agree that you, and not GranFondoGuide.com are entirely responsible for all Content that you post, or otherwise submit to the Site. GranFondoGuide.com does not control user submitted Content and, as such, does not guarantee the accuracy, integrity or quality of such Content. You understand that by using the Site you may be exposed to Content that is incorrect, or objectionable. As a condition of use, you promise not to use the Services for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by these Terms, or any other purpose not reasonably intended by GranFondoGuide.com. By way of example, and not as a limitation, you agree not to use the Services:
- To abuse, harass, threaten, impersonate or intimidate any person;
- To post or transmit, or cause to be posted or transmitted, any Content that is libellous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, abusive, offensive, profane, or that infringes any copyright or other right of any person;
- For any purpose (including posting or viewing Content) that is not permitted under the laws of the jurisdiction where you use the Services;
- To post or transmit, or cause to be posted or transmitted, any communication or solicitation designed or intended to obtain password, account, or private information from any GranFondoGuide.com user;
- To create or transmit unwanted ‘spam’ to any person or any URL
- To post copyrighted Content which doesn’t belong to you.
- With the exception of accessing RSS feeds, you will not use any robot, spider, scraper or other automated means to access the Site for any purpose without our express written permission. Additionally, you agree that you will not: (i) take any action that imposes, or may impose in our sole discretion an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on our infrastructure; (ii) interfere or attempt to interfere with the proper working of the Site or any activities conducted on the Site; or (iii) bypass any measures we may use to prevent or restrict access to the Site;
- To report a suspected abuse of the Site or a breach of the Terms.
Content Submitted Or Made Available For Inclusion On The Service
Please read this section carefully before posting, uploading, or otherwise submitting any Content to the site. By submitting content to the site you are granting GranFondoGuide.com a worldwide, Non exclusive license to use the content, and that GranFondoGuide.com is free to publish, Distribute and use the content as herein after provided for without obtaining permission Or license from any third party.
No agency, partnership, joint venture, or employment is created as a result of the Terms and you do not have any authority of any kind to bind GranFondoGuide.com in any respect whatsoever. The failure of either party to exercise in any respect any right provided for herein shall not be deemed a waiver of any further rights hereunder. GranFondoGuide.com shall not be liable for any failure to perform its obligations hereunder where such failure results from any cause beyond GranFondoGuide.com’s reasonable control, including, without limitation, mechanical, electronic or communications failure or degradation (including "line-noise" interference). If any provision of the Terms is found to be unenforceable or invalid, that provision shall be limited or eliminated to the minimum extent necessary so that the Terms shall otherwise remain in full force and effect and enforceable. GranFondoGuide.com may transfer, assign or delegate the Terms and its rights and obligations without consent. Both parties agree that the Terms is the complete and exclusive statement of the mutual understanding of the parties and supersedes and cancels all previous written and oral agreements, communications and other understandings relating to the subject matter of the Terms, and that all modifications must be in a writing signed by both parties, except as otherwise provided herein.