Cyclists Enjoyed the Cool Mountain Air at the Boone Gran Fondo

Top spots for Hardin and Thornton-Brooks at last weekend’s coolest ride, the SUAREZ Boone Gran Fondo in North Carolina

All photo credits: Juan Tirado @juanunodostres

Cyclists Enjoyed the Cool Mountain Air at the Boone Gran Fondo

Hundreds of riders converged on the laid back town of Boone, NC for the 2022 SUAREZ Boone Gran Fondo last weekend.

The rural roller-coaster roads around Boone were a ton of fun of fun for riders but quite challenging crossing the Appalachian Mountains.

The rural roller-coaster roads around Boone were a ton of fun of fun

A cool early start saw cyclists tackle one of three routes from the start outside series sponsor Capua Law Firm, with the 94 mile Gran Fondo packing in 8,437 feet of climbing.

Also on offer was the 57 mile Medio Fondo with 5,432 feet of climbing and the 24 mile Piccolo Fondo with 2366 feet of climbing for all abilities of cyclists.

A cool early start saw cyclists tackle one of three routes from the start outside series sponsor Capua Law Firm

Watauga Pioneers Mountain Bike Team helped man the 4 aid stations out on course. The routes were marked and marshalled, supported by law enforcement, safety motos, mechanic and sag vehicles.

Aid stations included a wide variety of hydration and nutrition products including Water, Heed sports drink, Soda, Hammer Gel and Bars, Bananas, Clementines, Cookies, Chips, and Fig Bars.

Aid stations included a wide variety of hydration and nutrition products including Heed sports drink and Hammer Gel and Bars

In the Gran Fondo, Will Hardin (Project Echelon Racing) was fastest over four timed sections with a combined time of 1h 41s, with Keith Gerarden a close second place and Owen Cole third place.

In the women’s race, Jennifer Thornton-Brooks was fastest in a combined time of 1h 8m 2s ahead of Kelly Fillnow in second place and Regan Fink in third place.

Will Hardin (Project Echelon Racing) was fastest over four timed sections

In the Medio Fondo, Jeff Brandenburg was fastest over the three timed sections with a combined time of 44m 39s, ahead of Kalib Atkins in second place and Luis Diaz in third place.

In the women’s race, Laura Calvin was fastest over the three timed sections with a combined time of 48m 57s, ahead of Nicole Blessing in second place and Shannon Moore in third place.

In the women’s race, Laura Calvin was fastest over the three timed sections

In the Piccolo Fondo, Jonathan Whitson was fastest over the timed section in a time of 8m 40s, ahead of Andrew Hill in second place and Kyle Atkins in third place.

In the women’s race, Jennie Rhyne Whitson was fastest over the timed section in a time of 13m 23s, ahead of Katie Howe in second place and Heather Atkins in third place.

In the Piccolo Fondo, Jonathan Whitson was fastest over the timed section

Six team battled it out for the team prize, with First Flight Devo taking victory ahead of Boone Area Cyclists and EFRT. Owen Cole, Matthew Edwards and Will Myers all from Chapel Hill for team First Flight Devo beat Gran Fondo winner Will Hardin’s team with faster combined times.

Riders returned to a Finish Line party where they enjoyed great local food, cold beer, the chance to win fantastic raffle prizes and the podium awards.

Team Results

1st First Flight Devo
Owen Cole, Matthew Edwards and Will Myers

2nd Boone Area Cyclists
Will Hardin, Noah Niwinski and Justin Keiper

3rd EFRT
Fred Stutzman, Joseph Stone and William Langston

4th Flatlanders
5th Clarkesville Cycling Club
6th Jackson Spokes

Six team battled it out for the team prize

94 mile Gran Fondo Winners

Custom “Race Winner” cycling kits by SUAREZ cycling were awarded to all Gran Route age group category winners

Overall Men’s
1st Will Hardin
2nd Keith Gerarden
3rd Owen Cole

Overall Women’s
1st Jennifer Thornton-Brooks
2nd Kelly Fillnow
3rd Regan Fink

Men U23
1st Owen Cole
2ndAndrew Tingle
3rd Matthew Edwards

Women 23-34

1st Regan Fink

Men 23-34

1st Will Hardin
2nd Colton Wienecke
3rd Tom O'shea

Women 35-44

1st Jennifer Thornton-Brooks
2nd Kelly Fillnow
3rd Meg Fillnow

Men 35-44
1st Keith Gerarden
2nd Noah Niwinski
3rd Alan Fischer

 

Women 45-54

1st Olga Rodriguez-Gomez
2nd Alli Murr
3rd Kristi Ray

Men 45-54

1st Ryan Robinson
2nd Jon Livengood
3rd Paul Capua

Women 55-64

1st Sue Neurath

2nd Carolyn Altman
3rd Julie Eriksson Kiell

Men 55-64
1st Jorg Decressin
2nd Tony King
3rd Jim Foster

 

 

Men 65+
1st Mark Kevorkian
2nd Geary Schwartz
3rd Stephen Koegle

 


57 mile Medio Fondo Winners

Overall Men’s
1st Jeff Brandenburg
2nd Kalib Atkins
3rd Luis Diaz

Overall Women’s
1st Laura Calvin
2nd Nicole Blessing
3rd Shannon Moore

Men U23
1st Kalib Atkins
 

Women U23

Men 23-34
1st Freddy Ortega

2nd James Deane

3rd Turner Trivette

Women 23-34

 

Men 35-44

1st Luis Diaz
2nd Jamie Williams
3rd Wes Hayne

Women 35-44

1st Nicole Blessing

2nd Carol Wright

Men 45-54

1st Dennis Wiese
2nd John Lang
3rd Todd Ringelstein

Women 45-54
1st Laura Calvin
2nd Shannon Moore
3rd Kirsten Tiedemann

Men 55-64
1st Jeff Brandenburg

2nd Richard Geldmeier

3rd Dean Yobbi

Women 55-64
1st Grace Plager
2nd Madeleine Vergauwen
3rd Patti Spence

Men 65+
1st Charles Buchanan

2nd Neil Frazee

3rd Tim Oolman

Women 65+

1st Diane Travis

2nd Diana Correa
3rd Helena Harman

 

24 mile Piccolo Fondo Winners

Overall Men’s
1st Jonathan Whitson

2nd Andrew Hill

3rd Kyle Atkins

Overall Women’s
1st Jennie Rhyne

2nd Katie Howe

3rd Heather Atkins

Men 23-34
1st Jonathan Whitson

 

Women 23-34

1st Claudia Manrique

2nd Tay Marraro

Men 35-44

1st Andrew Hill

2nd Roland Trotter
 

Women 35-44

1st Katie Howe

2nd Elizabeth French

3rd Adriana Avant

Men 45-54

1st Kyle Atkins
2nd Chad Wilson
3rd Michael Sievers

Women 45-54
1st Heather Atkins

2nd Angela Wyrick

Men 55-64
1st Gary Little

2nd Chris Reese

3rd Ken Elliott

 

Women 55-64
1st Jennie Rhyne

2nd Stacie Bethel

3rd Patti Spence

Men 65+
1st Chafin Rhyne

2nd Steve Warren

3rd Mike Moyers

Women 65+

1st Maria Lloyd

 

Link to 2022 Boone Gran Fondo results: https://bit.ly/3SOTGv0

The popular SUAREZ Gran Fondo National Series Raffle was after the podium awards

Prize Raffle

The popular SUAREZ Gran Fondo National Series Raffle was after the podium awards. The Boone Gran Fondo raffle featured more than $5,000 of prizes from Series sponsors, including:

4-night Stay at Garda Bike Hotel in Italy
Wahoo ELEMNT Rival GPS Watch
Wahoo KICKR smart trainer
Lazer three helmets
Industry Nine hubset
Cane Creek components 
Swiftwick socks
Bike Flights travel vouchers
Shimano products
CTS Trainright Memberships
Jittery Joe’s Coffee
UNDRBUDR anti-chafe cream
Ride with GPS Premium Memberships

he Boone Gran Fondo raffle featured more than $5,000 of prizes from Series sponsors
 

Next Up: The Golden Gran Fondo

Mark your calendar for August 28th, 2022 in Golden, CO.

Ride the same roads used in the Coors Classic and American Flyers. Climb over 10,000 feet through Colorado's Rocky Mountain Range at one the hardest Gran Fondo’s in America.

The Golden Gran Fondo will take riders on an unforgettable journey through the Rocky Mountains. It‘s earned a reputation as one of the hardest road bike rides in the USA, and for good reason. With over 10,000 feet of climbing over the 91 miles Gran Fondo course, traversing high alpine gravel roads, grades approaching 20% in some sections, and all starting at an altitude of 6,000 feet above sea level - no one should expect an easy day out!

If you want a smaller slice of the Rocky Mountains, there’s the 62 mile Medio Fondo and the 18 mile Piccolo Fondo to suit all fitness levels and abilities of riders so everyone can enjoy a super day out and compete for prizes and awards too!

Register NOW to Secure a Place!

Registration is open - but you'll need to hurry to secure a place on this epic challenge.

For more information, please visit https://www.granfondonationalseries.com/gran-fondo-golden, or click the button below to register now.

Ride through the Rocky Mountains at the Golden Gran Fondo this August 28th

 

2022 SAUREZ Gran Fondo National Series Calendar

The 2022 Gran Fondo National Series includes eight events:

Gran Fondo Florida  

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

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  

TBD  

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 Hillclimb GF

July 23, 2022

Idaho Springs, CO

Cycle to the Summit

August 13, 2022

Pikes Peak, CO

Virginia's Blue Ridge Gran Fondo

October 9, 2022

Fincastle, VA

Malibu Gran Fondo

TBA

 

Registration is now open for all Series events!

 
Tag: granfondonationalseries
 
Sep 22 2022 - NEWS: Maryland rounds off successful season for Gran Fondo National Series
Sep 14 2022 - NEWS: Gran Fondo Maryland Announced as USA Cycling GFNS for 2023
Aug 20 2022 - NEWS: Celebrate your summer of cycling at the 11th Annual Gran Fondo Maryland
Aug 31 2022 - NEWS: Cyclists successfully complete the challenging 10th Golden Gran Fondo
Jul 18 2022 - NEWS: Golden – the Best Gran Fondo on the Front Range
Aug 09 2022 - NEWS: Cyclists Enjoyed the Cool Mountain Air at the Boone Gran Fondo
Jul 18 2022 - NEWS: Knight and Patteson pull on Stars and Stripes National Championship Jerseys
Jul 15 2022 - NEWS: Come and Enjoy the Cool Mountain Air at the Boone Gran Fondo
Jun 30 2022 - NEWS: Gran Fondo Asheville Keeps National Championship Cycling in North Carolina for Second Year
Jun 13 2022 - NEWS: Entries for Gran Fondo Asheville On Track to Sell Out
Jun 07 2022 - NEWS: Patterson and Scheid Win Highlands Gran Fondo!
Apr 19 2022 - NEWS: Register NOW for the Highlands Gran Fondo and SAVE!
Apr 27 2022 - NEWS: Age Groups for USA Cycling Gran Fondo National Championships Announced
Apr 19 2022 - NEWS: Watts & Finger Fastest at Tour of Georgia Gran Fondo
Mar 16 2022 - NEWS: Make Your Plans for the TT1 Tour of Georgia Gran Fondo
Dec 12 2016 - RESULTS: 2016 Tour of Georgia Gran Fondo GFNCS Results
Dec 12 2016 - RESULTS: 2016 Highlands Gran Fondo GFNCS Results
Aug 29 2016 - RESULTS: Team Primal Audi Denver Hit Overdrive in the Golden Gran Fondo
Aug 08 2016 - RESULTS: Boone-tastic Gran Fondo
May 14 2016 - RESULTS: Next Moto Champion PB Roswell Bicycles Take Tour of Georgia Team Prize
Jun 30 2014 - RESULTS: Golden Gran Fondo
Jun 10 2014 - RESULTS: Highlands Gran Fondo GFNCS
Apr 16 2014 - RESULTS: Tour of Georgia Gran Fondo GFNCS
Jun 09 2013 - RESULTS: NJ Highlands Gran Fondo