FAQ

May 4, 2019

Is Gran Fondo Hincapie for racers?

No. Gran Fondo Hincapie is open to all fitness levels, and you do not need a racing license to participate.

What are the categories for the awards?

The entire event will be chip timed. We will also have two timed climbs on Skyuka Mountain and Green River Cove for the Gran ride, and the Medio ride has a timed climb on Saluda Grade. However, KOM awards will be given only for Sequatchie Mountain. You are only eligible for competition prizes if you complete the full course.

The following awards will be given:

  • Gran Men’s Overall – 1st, 2nd, 3rd
  • Gran Women’s Overall – 1st, 2nd, 3rd
  • Medio Men’s Overall – 1st, 2nd, 3rd
  • Medio Women’s Overall – 1st, 2nd, 3rd
  • Piccolo Men’s Overall – 1st only
  • Piccolo Women’s Overall – 1st only
  • Lexus KOM Sequatchie Mountain Men’s Overall
  • Lexus QOM Sequatchie Mountain Women’s Overall

For the KOM and QOM awards, our winners will receive a fully-supported, all-inclusive bike vacation with Velo View Bike Tours in the Great Smoky Mountains. With posh accommodations, first class dining, and guided rides on the best roads around the Smokies, this tour sets the perfect pace to experience the magic of the mountains! Learn more about Velo View Bike Tours.

Is there a minimum age for participants?

There is no minimum age requirement; however, participants under age 18 will need to have a parent register them online or on site to sign an additional waiver.

Is this a timed event?

Yes, the entire event will be chip timed. We will also have 2 timed climbs for the Gran; however, KOM awards will be given only for Sequatchie Mountain. 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, but you must average at least 10 mph to avoid the cutoffs. A broom wagon will trail the ride at 10 mph. The course will be completely closed at 5 p.m.

How do riders line up at the start?

Riders will line up on a first-come, first-served basis. Lineup starts at 7:10 a.m. All riders must be in line by 7:45 a.m.

Can I line up with my friends together in the same corral?

Corrals are first-come, first-served. Lineup starts at 7:10 a.m.

Will the roads be closed to traffic?

Some–but not all–roads will be closed for traffic. At all times, however, riders have to obey traffic laws and ride on the right-hand side of the road. Riders must follow the instructions of police officers, course marshals, and volunteers to avoid disqualification.

How many aid stations will be on the course?

There will be four stations along the courses stocked with food, water, and medical supplies.

Will there be restrooms at the start/finish and on the course?

Yes, start/finish area as well as aid stations will be equipped with port-a-johns.

Are there mechanics on the course?

We highly encourage all participants to know basic safety and repair skills, including fixing a flat tire. Be prepared and bring your own pump and extra tubes for your bike. However, if you are still unable to make the repair, neutral support cars will be following all ride routes and can assist you with any minor mechanical issue you may have.

What is the refund policy?

Gran Fondo Hincapie cannot issue refunds for any reason; however, we understand life happens. So should you not be able to join us for the ride of your life, please look into our Transfer Entry Option or Deferral Entry Option so your golden Fondo ticket does not go to waste! If you still do not wish to transfer or defer your entry, email us at registration@hincapiesports.com prior to the event and let us know you won’t be attending. If you do not notify us prior to the event and do not pick up your packet, you forfeit your purchase.

Transfer Entry Option
To transfer your entry, just log into the account you created when you registered through EventBrite and update the information for the new participant that’s taking your spot. Make sure you complete the transfer prior to September 30 at 12 p.m. EDT (midnight, east coast time) – the Hincapie elves need plenty of time to assemble packets for Fondo day!  Email us at registration@hincapiesports.com if you have any questions or issues.

Deferral Entry Option
If there is hope you can attend next year’s Fondo, lets move your entry to next year! Just send us your deferral request to registration@hincapiesports.com with the name used for registration and the order number, and we will save your spot for next year’s Fondo. Deferral requests need to be into the Hincapie team no later than October 10 at 12 p.m. EDT.

Where do I pick up my start number, jersey, timing chip and goodie bag?

Packet pickup will be held at Bessie Smith Cultural Center Friday, May 4 from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Learn more.

Can I pick up my packet the morning of the event?

Yes, but please plan to arrive extra early in case there is a line. You will need time to park in the primary parking lot one mile away and ride your bike to the start. Packet pickup will be open from 6 a.m. until 7 a.m. on Saturday, May 5.

Can someone else pick up my packet for me?

For safety reasons, every participant must be present at packet pickup on Friday so that you can sign your waiver. The waiver must be signed onsite with “wet ink”–a digital signature is not acceptable. Also, we want to ensure that the jersey fits the rider.

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 cancel the event and will make the call at the last minute.

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, tandem bikes, trailers, and bike seats are not allowed for safety reasons.

Can I use carbon clincher wheels?

Carbon clincher wheels will be allowed on all courses for the Gran Fondo Hincapie-Chattanooga event.

What should I wear?

Helmets with buckled chin straps are a requirement for all riders and must be worn at all times. Headphones of any kind are not allowed. Also make sure your bib number is pinned to the back of your jersey.

Do you provide a bag drop?

Yes, you may check in one bag. Please bring a small, inexpensive and waterproof bag. Don’t leave any valuables in the bag, as Gran Fondo Hincapie is not responsible for any lost or stolen items. The bags will be picked up at the start and returned at the finish line.

What is the schedule for the weekend?

Visit our events schedule for details for packet pickup, the award ceremony and more.

Where can I see the 2018 results?

All the results from the 2018 Gran Fondo Hincapie-Chattanooga will be posted as soon as the event is over.

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