Is Gran Fondo Hincapie for racers?
Our event is inclusive of all riding abilities and great for anybody looking to take part in the ultimate cycling experience.
What are the categories for the awards?
Gran Men: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd overall
Gran Women: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd overall
Medio Men: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd overall
Medio Women: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd overall
Piccolo Men: 1st overall
Piccolo Women: 1st overall
KOM (Gran only): 1st overall
QOM (Gran only): 1st overall
Is there a minimum age for participants?
There is no minimum age requirement; however, participants under age 18 will need to have a parent sign a waiver for them on site.
Is this a timed event?
Yes, the entire event will be chip timed. We will also have timed climbs. You are only eligible for competition prizes if you complete the full course.
How fast do I have to ride?
You may ride as fast as you want. However, all Gran riders must reach the intersection of TN-HWY 27 and East Valley Road at mile marker 29.7 no later than 11:00am ET. Riders not reaching this cutoff point will be directed to continue on TN-HWY 27 and will be timed as a Medio rider.
How do riders line up at the start?
For 2023 all corrals will still start together at 8 AM.
Can I line up with my friends in the start corral?
Yes you can! All corrals will still start together at 8 AM.
What is the refund or transfer policy if I am unable to attend the event?
Included in your Gran Fondo Hincapie registration in an event jersey, finisher medal, wristband, racing bib, and several other miscellaneous costs that cannot be reimbursed to the company. All of these items are ordered months ahead of the event. For that reason, the Gran Fondo Hincapie series has a strict no refund or event transfer policy on registration fees. More information about this policy can be found here.
At the time of registration, you will have the option to purchase third party Registration Insurance through Allianz. This may allow you to be reimbursed for the cost of registration if a situation arises and you are unable to attend the event. Insurance MUST be purchased at the time of registration; it cannot be purchased once your registration is complete.
Hincapie has nothing to do with this insurance, and all questions or claims need to be submitted directly to Allianz. More information about this insurance can be found here.
Effective July 13, 2022, we are no longer able to offer packet mailing before or after the event. If you are unable to attend, you may have a friend pick up your packet on site at the event.
What happens if severe inclement weather or other events beyond anyone's reasonable control result in the cancellation of the event?
Because we incur substantial costs in connection with producing the Gran Fondo event that cannot be recovered, including the cost of providing you with the items in your rider packets, the Gran Fondo Series has a strict no cash refund policy on registration fees. Thus, if we cancel a Gran Fondo event because of an event beyond our reasonable control, including without limitation acts of God; severe inclement weather; flood, fire, earthquake, explosion, or other potential disasters or catastrophes, such as epidemics; war, invasion, hostilities (whether war is declared or not), terrorist threats or acts, riot or other civil unrest; government order or law; actions, embargoes or blockades in effect on or after the date of this Agreement; action by any governmental authority; national, regional, state or local emergency; strikes, labor stoppages or slowdowns or other industrial disturbances; shortage of adequate power or transportation facilities; or other events beyond our reasonable control, we cannot offer you a cash refund of your registration fees, nor can we reimburse you for any of your travel or lodging costs. Instead, we will allow you to transfer your registration to a Gran Fondo Hincapie event scheduled within the next year at no cost. Registrants will receive an email to the email address they used when registering for the canceled ride with a unique code to use to transfer the registration.
What happens if it rains?
Gran Fondo Hincapie will start rain or shine; however, in the event of a severe storm or inclement weather, authorities may decide to postpone the start time or cancel the event and will make the call at the last minute. See here for further information regarding the cancellation of an event.
What if I want to change my route?
If you would like to change your route before the online registration deadline has ended, you can log into your Race Roster account and initiate the transfer there. You will be responsible for all additional costs and fees. If you decide to make a last-minute change, you can pick up your packet during packet pickup and then go to the Registration Transfer line. It’s very important that every rider is registered for the correct route so that our finish results are accurate.
What type of bike can I ride for the event?
We suggest using a road bike as it is the best option to ride in groups. You can also ride a mountain bike, touring bike, or single speed (with two brakes). A triathlon bike is fine as long as you keep your hands on the brake lever while riding in a group. Recumbent bikes are allowed on the Piccolo course only. Tandem bikes, trailers, and bike seats are not allowed for safety reasons.
What should I wear?
Helmets with buckled chin straps are a requirement for all riders and must be worn at all times while on your bike. Headphones of any kind are not allowed. Also make sure your bib number is pinned to the back of your jersey and is visible at all times while on course.