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.
- 80 Miles
- 3 / 2 timed
- 5,700 feet
- Rest Stops:
Event jersey, timing chip, SAG support, fully-stocked rest stops, participant medal, participant photos, free food & beverage at the Expo