What is a Gran Fondo?
It’s a race, it’s a ride and it’s a party at the finish line!
By definition, it is a mass participation cycling event that got its start in Italy in the early 1900’s. Loosely translated, it means everything from “great foundation”, “great distance” or “great endurance.” Some cyclists ride for the satisfaction and pride of just making it to the finish line. Others want to improve upon their previous times and to challenge themselves, their friends, their teammates. Some ride to win.
What is a Gran Fondo Start?
Mass start where riders are required to stage according to their speed and ability to ride in a large group. All riders depart the start line at one time, requiring less experienced riders to position themselves toward the back of the mass start group. If any rider is in doubt of their ability to securely hold an even line at high speed with riders in close proximity, it is vital that they line up towards the back of the start line group. All route timing is relative to when the riders cross the line, so no time penalty will be incurred by starting further back in the group.
We are asking cyclists to self-select their starting position based on speed and training program. Please take a look at the guidelines below, then make an honest assessment of your abilities/objectives for the event and choose the appropriate corral during the lineup process:
First corral: 22-25 MPH/35-40 KPH,
trains at least 10 hours per week
Second corral: 1-21 MPH/29-34 KPH,
trains 8-10 hours per week
Third corral: 14-17 MPH/23-28 KPH,
trains 3-6 hours per week