Over 1600 cyclists participate in E-Fondo Series on RGT

The Suarez Gran Fondo National Series organized the E-Fondo Series to help cyclists prepared for the outdoor season

Over 1600 cyclists participate in E-Fondo Series on RGT

On Sunday Feb 27th, cyclists gathered at the virtual start line in the RGT Cycling app to compete for the E-Fondo Championship event. The Championship was the culmination of the 10-event series, organized by the Suarez Gran Fondo National Series. The final event was broadcast live on Gran Fondo Guide and Facebook using ZMS live stream with full commentary with the help of Damon Bates.

In the live broadcast, Scott Catanzaro (USA) was by far the strongest rider and was fastest over the four sections based on the 31.5-mile Gran Fondo Asheville course in a combined time of 42m 08s.

Series Founder & Event Director, Reuben Kline along with several other cyclists, rode all 11 events. A testament to his fitness and form, Reuben was seen riding in the front group of around 10 cyclists in the 09:50 EST round.

Finishing at the front of the race was not necessarily an indication of securing a podium place. The E-Fondo Series emulated the outdoor Gran Fondo National Series format of timed sections. In this case, the standings were determined by each rider’s combined time through four timed sections.

With three start times spread through the day – an effort to accommodate athletes from various time zones – it was a nervous wait for the full results to filter through. Scott Catanzaro (USA) was indeed the fastest on the Championship course, with Lucas Mccollum (USA) second 1m 57s behind and Angus Smith (UK) third 3m 48s behind.

In the women’s Championship event, Amy Phillips (USA) was fastest in a time of 54m 05s, just ahead of Karen Reed (Canada) 23 seconds behind and Renee Eastman 2m 40s behind.

VIDEO: E-Series Championship Race Replay

The E-Series Championship results can be found at: https://bit.ly/3Cj6rGb


2022 GFNS E-Fondo Series Results

In addition to the E-Fondo Championship event, athletes who completed multiple E-Fondos earned points toward an Overall Series Championship. Congratulations these athletes who earned a place on the overall podium. Top three in each age-group will receive a special digital award.


Men 23-
David Bagge (GBR)

Richard Benton (Germany)
Riccardo Sargiani (Italy)


Women 23-34
Emily Smith (GBR)

Carla Bates (USA)
Rachel Cohen (USA)


Men 23-34
Angus Smith (GBR)

Patrick Collins (USA)
Marco Swierstra (France)


Women 35-44
Staci Murphy (USA)

Melissa Moses (USA)
Cycle Mae Way (Germany)


Men 35-44
Lucas McCollum (USA)

Daniel Yankus (USA)
Brian Detwiler (USA)

Women 45-54
Amy Phillips (USA)
Mary Austin (USA)
Lesley Bodley (USA)


Men 45-54
Robert Lyons (USA)
Daniel Cadiz
Hakan Kutluca (Germany)


Women 55-64
Karen Read (Canada)
Chris Kelley (USA)
Denise Higgison (USA)


Men 55-64
Todd Read (Canada)
Jojo Rusinek (Canada)
Keith Aitchison (GBR)


Women 65+
Martha Parks (USA)
Karen Foer (USA)


Men 65+
Alan Jones (GBR)
Brian Brill (Canada)

Denis Finnin (USA)


A special mention goes out to these athletes who rode all 11 events:

Karen Read (Canada)
Jamie Fuhrman (USA)
Hakan Kutluca (Germany)
Martin Eckman (USA)
Todd Read (Canada)
Bob Coolock (USA)
Reuben Kline, GFNS Founder & CEO (USA)

E-Fondo Raffle winners

Industry Nine Hubset – James Guerrieri

Wahoo KICKR - Martin Eckman

Wahoo ELEMNT RIVAL –  Brian Detwiler

Shimano Ultegra Pedals – Bena Halecky

LAZER Helmet – Lucas McCollum

Garda Bike Hotel –  Denis Finnin

Cane Creek Components – Domenic Bell

All riders who qualified for the E-Fondo Series Championship event have automatically qualified to participate in the USA Cycling Gran Fondo National Championship, p/b Applewood Manor event in Asheville, North Carolina on July 17, 2022.

The full and final E-Fondo Series results can be found at: https://bit.ly/34au6vO


2022 GFNS Series Calendar

Starting in central Florida on March 20th with the Gran Fondo Florida and returning to California to finish the season with the Jensie Gran Fondo in the fall, the 2022 Gran Fondo National Series includes eight events:

Gran Fondo Florida, p/b Capua Law  

March 20, 2022  

San Antonio, FL

Team Type 1 Tour of Georgia Gran Fondo  

April 16, 2022  

Helen, GA

Highlands Gran Fondo  

June 5, 2022  

Butler, NJ

Gran Fondo Asheville, p/b Applewood Manor

July 17, 2022  

Asheville, NC

Boone Gran Fondo  

August 7, 2022  

Boone, NC

Golden Gran Fondo  

August 28, 2022  

Golden, CO

Gran Fondo Maryland  

September 18, 2022 

Frederick, MD

Jensie Gran Fondo  

September 2022  

San Francisco, CA

At Partner Events, cyclists can earn points toward the season-long Gran Fondo National Series Championship point’s competition, as well as qualify for the official USA Cycling Gran Fondo National Championship event.

Cheaha Challenge

May 14-15, 2022

Jacksonville, AL

Vermont Gran Fondo

June 25, 2022

Bristol, VT

Cache Gran Fondo

July 8-9, 2022

Logan, UT

Bob Cook Memorial Mt. Evans Hill Climb Gran Fondo

July 23, 2033

Idaho Springs, CO

Virginia's Blue Ridge Gran Fondo

October 9, 2022

Fincastle, VA

Malibu Gran Fondo



Registration is now open for all Series events!

Starting in central Florida on March 20th with the Gran Fondo Florida


About the Gran Fondo National Series

The Gran Fondo National Series was established in 2012 as the Gran Fondo National Championship Series by Reuben Kline, who has more than 25 years of experience in the cycling industry. The Series is comprised of 8 European-style rides staged across the United States. Part personal challenge, part serious competition, the Suarez Gran Fondo National Series leads riders through country roads with challenging climbs and incredible scenery on some of the most beautiful courses in North America.

The Series has successfully coordinated more than 75 Gran Fondos across the nation, serving more than 25,000 participants.

For more information, or to register for an event, go to www.granfondonationalseries.com.

Don’t miss the raffle, amazing prizes on offer from the series sponsors

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