Gran Fondo Hincapie-Gravel Rides

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March 6, 2021

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Gran
Medio
Piccolo

The ultimate route for the cyclist looking for both an adventure and challenge not soon to be forgotten. Through a collaboration with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and partnership with The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards, we are offering a course that can only be completed once a year.

Your day will start in the lush green landscape of the Eastatoee Valley with the Blue Ridge Mountains towering above. During the early miles of the course, riders will be treated to the fast, rolling, and twisty gravel roads of Shooting Tree Ridge and Mill Creek, complete with two river crossings. After leaving the gravel for the first time, Gran riders will travel through the beautiful community of The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards. This will leave time to mentally prepare for the four gravel climbs that lie ahead. Each of these three- to five-mile climbs features average grades of 5-7% but pitch up for short sections north of 20%. Be sure to take in George’s favorite view of Lake Jocassee at Jumping Off Rock. A perfect excuse to stop at the top of one of the hardest sections of the course and get a selfie.

After tackling the remoteness of Laurel Fork Valley, a lung-busting ascent of Cane Creek Road, and the knife edge ridge section of Horse Pasture Road, it is possible you might feel a bit tired. Not to worry, we have thrown in a mostly downhill section of paved road that will take you back into the Eastatoee Valley where you will have the finish in sight. As you pass the 1K to go banners, be sure to zip up that jersey, smile big, and roll across the red carpet. You made it! Time to kick back, relax, and celebrate your ride.

Please note: For the Gran route, you must reach the intersection of Cleo Chapman Hwy and Shooting Tree Ridge Road (Mile 47) by 1:30 pm. Riders not reaching this check point by 1:30 pm will be rerouted to the finish.

Gran Details

Cost:
$200
Distance:
77 Miles
Climbs:
2 timed
Elevation:
8,800 feet
Rest Stops:
7

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 optimal route for the cyclist looking for the adventure and challenge of riding in Jocassee Gorges with less miles than the Gran. Through a collaboration with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and partnership with The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards, we are offering a course that can only be completed once a year.

Your day will start in the lush green landscape of the Eastatoee Valley with the Blue Ridge Mountains towering above. During the early miles of the course, riders will be treated to the fast, rolling, and twisty gravel roads of Shooting Tree Ridge and Mill Creek, complete with two river crossings. After leaving the gravel for the first time, Medio riders will travel through the beautiful community of The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards. This will leave time to mentally prepare for the massive climb ahead on Horse Pasture Road. While this 4.5 mile climb may only average 5.3% in gradient, it does have short pitches above 20% that will challenge the strongest of climbers. Once at the top, be sure to take in George’s favorite view of Lake Jocassee at Jumping Off Rock. A perfect excuse to stop at the top of the hardest section of the course and get a selfie.

After a little rest and perhaps refreshments at the rest stop, the most iconic section of the day lies ahead. The next nine miles of Horse Pasture Road will allow riders to enjoy rolling terrain, panoramic views, and riding along the knife edge of Blue Ridge Mountain Ridge! After all that gravel and climbing we know that riders could be a bit tired. Fear not, we have allowed for a 9 mile mostly downhill section of road back into the Eastatoee Valley. As you pass the 1K to go banners be sure to zip up that jersey, smile big, and roll across the red carpet. You made it! Time to kick back, relax, and celebrate your ride.

Medio Details

Cost:
$175
Distance:
45 Miles
Elevation:
5,100 feet
Climbs:
2 timed
Rest Stops:
4

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 perfect route for the cyclist looking dip their toes into the Gran Fondo Hincapie Gravel Experience. We have put together a route that offers picturesque and fun gravel sections, while providing enough of a challenge to keep you guessing. Piccolo riders will start at Arabella Farm and warm up on a 3 mile stretch of pavement that will allow for most to get their legs ready for the gravel section that lies ahead. Take note of the high peaks to the northwest and wish your Gran and Medio counterparts “good luck,” as they will be heading up those mountains.

Just 3 miles into the course, Piccolo riders will arrive at their gravel section for the day. Here participants will be treated to the fast rolling sections of Shooting Tree Ridge Road and Mill Creek. With plenty of fast tight turns and two creek crossings, this section is sure to be a highlight. Make sure you stop at the rest stop 9 miles in to refuel; you will need your strength to finish strong.

Having conquered the gravel of Shooting Tree Ridge and Mill Creek, riders will begin their approach to the finish. Only a few small rolling hills stand between you and the party that awaits. As riders approach Arabella Farm, it will be time to zip up that jersey, smile, and roll across the red carpet. You made it! Now sit back, relax, and celebrate your ride.

Piccolo Details

Cost:
$75
Distance:
16 Miles
Elevation:
1,300 feet
Rest Stops:
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

Explore the Routes

Miles 14–19 of the Gran and Medio courses are on the Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards Private Property and can only be ridden on event date.