The Gran Fondo Hincapie is not just a “big ride”—it’s a multi-day cycling celebration with a scenic ride, live music, and family festival with free fun, food, and drinks. Join thousands of cycling pros, celebrities, weekend warriors, and first-time riders in the excitement of the Gran Fondo Hincapie hosted by George and the family. Choose between a 15, 50, and 80-mile ride on one of the scenic routes mapped and tested by George Hincapie. The event is a chance to connect with other cycling enthusiasts and prove your cycling passion, no matter your skill level. Find a Hincapie 2023 Gran Fondo near you in Merced, California; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania; Bangor, Maine; or Greenville, South Carolina.
When you join a Gran Fondo Hincapie, you’re helping a great cause in the region you’re riding in. Your entry fee also includes a Hincapie jersey, discounts from our sponsors, and more.
Not familiar with what a Gran Fondo is or how it works? Here’s some answers that will explain the origins around Gran Fondo Hincapie – The Ultimate Cycling Experience.
What is a Gran Fondo?
A Gran Fondo is a “big ride” in Italian that includes a timed race, scenic routes, sustained climbs, and days of festivities for cycling pros and newbies. Thousands of cyclists start the race en masse and enjoy hours of cycling across a beautiful landscape.
Where was the first Gran Fondo?
Gran Fondos began in the 1970s in Cesenatico Italy. They were such a hit that they spread across Europe and to the USA where over 200 Gran Fondos are hosted each year.
How long is a Gran Fondo?
There’s no distance requirement for a Gran Fondo. In Italy, the birthplace of the Gran Fondo, the events are 120 km or about 75 miles long. Most Fondos give you the option of a few distances. Gran Fondo Hincapie hosts 15, 50, and 80-mile rides. The 15-miler is a family-friendly ride, and the longer rides are for cyclists who’ve trained for the event.
Are Gran Fondos competitive?
A Gran Fondo is not a competition, at least not between other cyclists. You’ll be timed, but mostly to prove to yourself how all of your hard work has paid off. The event has an energetic, exciting, and inclusive atmosphere where cyclists of all skill levels ride. Of course, if you want to compete for a certain time or with your group of friends, you’re welcome to. But competition is not the emphasis of the event.
How should you train for a Gran Fondo?
When training for a Gran Fondo your goals should include building endurance and power, and your workouts should include a mix of climbing intervals, tempo rides, acceleration, downhills, and recovery. As you train, you should slowly increase the duration and intensity of your workouts. Longer rides are important for gaining endurance. Finding a cycling buddy or joining a club helps the miles fly by. We recommend training 3-6 days a week for 8-28 weeks depending on your current cycling experience.
What should you bring to a Gran Fondo?
Other than your bike, cycling kit, and shoes, bring something to carry water in as you ride and wear a stash of energy bars or gels to limit your refuel stops if time is important to you. Also carry your phone, keys, and ID. And pack bike maintenance tools, like tire levers, a spare tube, inflator, etc., in case of unexpected emergencies.
What should you wear to a Gran Fondo?
Wear what weather calls for, and be sure to check the weather the day before the event in case you need to make a few tweaks to your kit. You’ll be in the saddle for a long time, so wear shorts with a good chamois and sun protection. Your kit should include excellent moisture-wicking fabrics because you’re guaranteed to work up a sweat. If rain is questionable, pack a light shell in the pocket of your jersey to slip on if needed. Wear a jersey with pockets for snacks or extra layers.
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