Gran Fondo Hincapie-Chattanooga Rides

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May 4, 2019

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Gran
Medio
Piccolo

The ultimate route for the adventurous cyclist, the Gran route includes riding through a historic dam, climbing the epic Sequatchie Mountain, and flying through Chattanooga’s winding, European-style narrow roads. Beginning with a ride from downtown Chattanooga with views of Lookout Mountain and the Tennessee River, cyclists will immediately have their climbing legs tested with a one-mile ride up Cummings Highway at Mile 2.5. As you make the ascent, you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of the downtown skyline and Tennessee River.

The climb quickly shifts to a fast, four-mile descent that leads to the first timed KOM at Raccoon Mountain. This 2.2-mile climb has an average grade of 7% with its most steep ascent at 12%. Once you’ve finished the KOM, you’re rewarded with one of the most exciting descents on the course. The next 15 miles feature rolling hills along the Tennessee River and a historic dam before crossing the river and reaching the first rest stop at Mile 26.

After carb loading and hydrating at the rest stop, you’ll be able to cruise the next 13.5 miles across Tennessee’s farm country and regain your stamina for the day’s toughest test. At Mile 40, you’ll reach the lower slopes of Sequatchie Mountain. While this 2.3-mile stretch isn’t the longest KOM in the Gran Fondo Hincapie series, it’s one of the most brutal thanks to its steepness. The climb has an average grade of 8.7% and tops out at 12.8%. Once you’ve conquered Sequatchie, you’ll get a much-needed break at the second rest stop.

From here, it’s mostly a smooth ride to the finish. Following a fast descent down Sequatchie Mountain, there’s a mere 33 miles of rolling hills standing between you and the finish line. The final four offer an opportunity to sprint or roll into the finish line.

Gran Details

Cost:
$225
Distance:
80 Miles
Climbs:
3 / 2 timed
Elevation:
5,700 feet
Rest Stops:
3

Registration Includes

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Event jersey, timing chip, SAG support, fully-stocked rest stops, participant medal, participant photos, free food & beverage at the Expo

The Medio offers a scenic riverside ride with ascents over Raccoon Mountain in a slightly shortened version of the Gran. Starting from the center of downtown Chattanooga, the route begins with a short one-mile climb up Cummings Highway that provides views of the city skyline and Lookout Mountain.

The route then delivers a quick, four-mile descent that leads to a timed KOM of Raccoon Mountain. This 2.2-mile climb has an average grade of 7% that tops out at 12%. Once you’ve finished the big climb, you’ll be treated to a fast descent down the mountain to a historic dam and the Tennessee River. Cruise over 15 miles of rolling hills before reaching your first rest stop at Mile 26.

From here, you’ll turn around and head back to Chattanooga along the same hills as before—with a little elevation gain that didn’t exist when you previously traveled across this road.

The route closes with a fast four-mile sprint to the finish following a quick downhill on Cummings Highway.

Medio Details

Cost:
$200
Distance:
50 Miles
Elevation:
3,372 feet
Climbs:
2 / 1 timed
Rest Stops:
2

Registration Includes

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Event jersey, timing chip, SAG support, fully-stocked rest stops, participant medal, participant photos, free food & beverage at the Expo

The Piccolo follows an easy, family-friendly route from Chattanooga’s narrow city streets to an epic view of the Tennessee River. Shortly after riding outside of the downtown area with a glimpse of Lookout Mountain, you’ll begin a gentle, one-mile climb up Cummings Highway at Mile 2.5. The climb offers an impressive view of the city skyline and the Tennessee River.

Once you’ve finished the ascent, you’ll begin a fast decent over the next three miles. Rather than joining Gran and Medio riders on their ascent of Raccoon Mountain, our Piccolo cyclists will follow yellow route arrows and continue straight at Mile 5 toward a rest stop. The rest stop is at Mile 7.5. At the rest stop, you can take a break and enjoy some live music before returning to the city.

Once you’ve finished refueling, you’ll ride three miles on a downhill and flat road before hitting your biggest climb of the day over 1.4 miles. From there, it’s a fast ride back into Chattanooga.

Piccolo Details

Cost:
$100
Distance:
15 Miles
Elevation:
744 feet
Rest Stops:
1
Climbs:
1

Registration Includes

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Timing chip, SAG support, fully-stocked rest stops, participant medal, participant photos, free food & beverage at the Expo

Register at Gran Fondo Hincapie-Chattanooga
Miss online registration? Join us at packet pickup and registration on Friday, May 3 at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center. Registration includes a cycling jersey for Gran and Medio cyclists.

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