General Info

Is Gran Fondo Hincapie Gravel just for racers?

Our Gravel event is inclusive of all riding abilities and great for anybody looking for a unique and fun experience.

What are the categories for the awards?

For our 2021 event, awards will be given as follows:  

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: Best Combined Men’s Time on Both Timed Climbs.  

QOM: Best Combined Women’s Time on Both Timed Climbs.  

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 in the Piccolo and Medio distances as there are no cutoffs. For the Gran you must reach the intersection of Cleo Chapman Hwy and Shooting Tree Ridge Rd. (Mile 47) by 1:30pm. Riders not reaching this check point by 1:30pm will be rerouted to the finish.

How do riders line up at the start?

We currently plan to use a mass start and riders will line up in the start corral on a first come, first served basis. However, if the situation with COVID-19 persists into 2021 we may use a staggered start system where riders will go off in smaller waves. Registrants will be notified by email if this change is made.

Safety Info

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 issues you may have.

How many aid stations will be on the course?

The Gran route will have 7 aid stations, the Medio 4, and Piccolo 1. All rest stops will be stocked with food, water, and medical supplies.

Will the roads be closed to traffic?

Some, but not all, roads will be closed to vehicle traffic. While on the gravel roads inside Jocassee Gorges vehicle traffic will only be traveling in the same direction as cyclists. Cyclists should allow vehicle traffic to safely pass while on slow climbs. Cyclists should also only pass vehicle traffic under safe conditions. Riders must follow the instructions of police officers, course marshals, and volunteers at all times.

Registration Info

What is the refund or transfer policy if I am unable to attend the event?

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.

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 cancel the event and will make the call at the last minute. See below 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, email us at registration@hincapiesports.com and we’ll transfer your registration to a different route. 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.

Technical Info


The Gran Fondo Hincapie Gravel has been designed to be ridden on a gravel or cyclo-cross bike. Riders can certainly participate on a mountain bike and will enjoy the wider range of gearing for steep climbs and increased comfort on descents.

Can I ride an e-Bike?

Yes, you can ride an e-Bike in the Medio or Piccolo event, but not the Gran. If you choose to ride an e-Bike there are a few things that we ask you to be aware of.

  1. Riders participating on e-Bikes are not eligible for KOM or Overall Awards.
  2. We encourage all participants to maintain safe riding practices while participating. Please keep in mind that you will be approaching riders on climbs quickly and should allow safe room to pass. It is important that everybody has a great time while riding.
  3. Our SAG drivers WILL NOT pick you up if your battery dies. It is your responsibility to manage your battery life.
  4. If you have a mechanical and require a ride from one of our SAG drivers, you are responsible for loading your bike safely into the SAG vehicle.


Helmets are a requirement for all riders and must be buckled with a chin strap, in good condition, and worn at all times. For those not familiar with the Blue Ridge Mountains of Upstate South Carolina, the weather can change quickly and often. Please make sure to check weather forecasts the night before the event and plan to dress accordingly. Please note that headphones of any kind are not allowed, and your bib number should be pinned to the back of your jersey.

Can I Ride a Tandem with a Partner? 

Due to the nature of the descents on the Medio and Gran courses, tandems are only permitted on the Piccolo course. Each rider will need to register individually.

Do you provide a bag drop? 

Yes, you check a bag in one of two ways.

  1. There will be a luggage corral located near the start line that you can leave with a small bag with a change of clothes for after you finish.
  2. We will have clothing drops at Rest Stops #1, #2, and #3 (First Lap Only) where you can drop items like jackets, vests, arm warmers, etc should you get too warm in the early going. Please keep in mind that any items dropped off with our volunteers must fit into 1 one-gallon zip lock box and will only be available for pickup at the luggage corral. All items dropped at rest stops #1 and #2 will be returned to the luggage corral once the last rider has passed. You will need to present your bib number to a volunteer to claim your belongings. If you are a fast finisher, please anticipate a bit of a wait for items to be dropped off.