SURPRISINGLY CHALLENGING AND FUN
You may not associate Maryland with climbs, but Gran Fondo Maryland has one of the highest ratios of elevation gain per mile of any Gran Fondo National Series event. But don’t worry, the perfect pavement and cooler early fall temperatures make this one of our most popular events.
SHORT DRIVE FROM DC OR BALTIMORE
Frederick, MD is a very unique town and a fantastic place to bring the family. The Gran and Medio courses also pass by Camp David, the longtime country retreat for United States Presidents. The smooth, contoured road surfaces and quiet country environment lead us to believe Frederick County could be the best cycling destination in North America.
CELEBRATION OF SUMMER FITNESS
With proximity to huge cycling communities in Washington and Baltimore, and an early fall spot on the calendar, Gran Fondo Maryland is where cyclists go to celebrate their summer fitness before the cold weather comes. Some ride hard, and others just cruise, but everyone wants to get back to Frederick to enjoy a great meal!
SAFETY AND SUPPORT
With lots of turns that could lead you astray, you’ll appreciate the carefully marked and marshaled course, and you can ride with confidence due to support from law enforcement, safety motos, mechanic and sag vehicles, staffed feed stations, and indoor bathrooms along with hot showers await you at the finish line.
There will be four aid stations along the 100 mile route; two on the 55mi, and one on the 35 mile route (35mi will also have mini-aid with only water, Heed, and Hammer Gel). Each of the other aid station will be fully stocked with: Water, Heed, Hammer Gel, Endurolyte Fizz, Bananas, PB&J Sandwiches, Cookies, Chips and Pretzels, and other snacks.
Aid-Stations will have bathrooms. Please use bathrooms. One of the biggest local complaints is cyclists peeing on the side of the road. Please help our reputation and use porta-johns.
All riders must have timing chips installed on race morning.
You will be issued a timing chip, if you do not return the timing chip you will be charged $100. Race numbers must be mounted on your back right side and be easily readable.
The route will be very well marked; however, we suggest you get the RideWithGPS App and load the route to your smart phone or GPS.
At the Finish
Upon reaching the finish line, riders will be directed into a one-way finishers' chute to: Return Timing Chip,, and Post-Ride food and beverage. Riders with particular dietary needs should be prepared with own post-ride food options.
Please refer to our previous years roadbook for this information: