FAQ

May 2, 2020

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 Sequatchie Mountain and Racoon Mountain for the Gran ride, and the Medio ride has a timed climb on Racoon Mountain. 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
  • Gran KOM Men’s Overall
  • Gran KOM Women’s Overall
  • Medio KOM Men’s Overall
  • Medio KOM Women’s 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 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 10.8 mph to avoid the cutoffs.

Cyclists riding in our 80-mile, Gran route should reach the intersection of Pleasant Grove Road and East Valley Road by 11:15 a.m. This intersection is located 35.1 miles into the ride, giving riders 3 hours and 15 minutes to reach the intersection from the start line. If you’re unable to reach this intersection by the cutoff time, you’ll be redirected on East Valley Road and will rejoin the Gran route at Mile Marker 53.7. This will lower your ride distance to 64.3 miles.

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. We have suggested starting corrals based on your anticipated average speed for the ride. In order to facilitate a smooth and safe start for every cyclist, we ask you to take these suggested corrals into consideration. Lineup starts at 7:10 a.m. and 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, SAG drivers will be following all ride routes and can assist you with any minor mechanical issue you may have.

What is the refund or transfer policy?

Included in your Gran Fondo Hincapie registration is an event jersey (Gran and Medio only), medal, wristband, racing bib, and several other miscellaneous costs that cannot be reimbursed to the company. For that reason, the Gran Fondo Series has a strict no refund or event transfer policy on registration fees. More information about this policy can be found here.

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 1 from 9 AM to 7 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 2.

Can someone else pick up my packet for me?

For safety reasons, every participant must be present at packet pickup on Friday or Saturday morning 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 are allowed on the Piccolo course only. 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. You may leave a bag at the Bag Drop corral before the start, or you may opt to leave items at the first rest stop. Items left at rest stops MUST be clearly labeled with the rider’s name and bib number and will be sent back to the Bag Drop corral at the expo to be picked up after the ride.

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 2019 results?

All the results from the 2019 Gran Fondo Hincapie-Chattanooga will be posted on the Hincapie website as soon as the event is over.

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