October 19, 2019

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 Skyuka Mountain and Green River Cove for the Gran ride, and the Medio ride has a timed climb on Saluda Grade. However, KOM awards will be given only for Skyuka 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 Mountain Men’s Overall
  • Gran QOM Mountain Women’s Overall
  • Medio KOM Mountain Women’s Overall
  • Medio QOM Mountain Men’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. 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 mph to avoid the cutoffs. A broom wagon will trail the ride at 10 mph. The first cutoff is at 10:55 a.m., and you must be at the top of Howard Gap (41 miles in) no later than 12:55 p.m. If you do not make these cutoff times, you will be rerouted onto a shorter course. 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.

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 have to 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.

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 policy?

Gran Fondo Hincapie cannot issue refunds for any reason; however, we understand life happens. So should you not be able to join us for the ride of your life, please look into our Transfer Entry Option or Deferral Entry Option so your golden Fondo ticket does not go to waste! If you still do not wish to transfer or defer your entry, email us at registration@hincapiesports.com prior to the event and let us know you won’t be attending. If you do not notify us prior to the event and do not pick up your packet, you forfeit your purchase.

Transfer Entry Option
To transfer your entry, just log into the account you created when you registered through EventBrite and update the information for the new participant that’s taking your spot. Make sure you complete the transfer prior to September 30 at 12 p.m. EDT (midnight, east coast time) – the Hincapie elves need plenty of time to assemble packets for Fondo day!  Email us at registration@hincapiesports.com if you have any questions or issues.

Deferral Entry Option
If there is hope you can attend next year’s Fondo, lets move your entry to next year! Just send us your deferral request to registration@hincapiesports.com with the name used for registration and the order number, and we will save your spot for next year’s Fondo. Deferral requests need to be into the Hincapie team no later than October 10 at 12 p.m. EDT.

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.

Can someone else pick up my packet for me?

For safety reasons, every participant has to be present at packet pickup on Friday 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, tandem bikes, trailers, and bike seats are not allowed for safety reasons.

Can I use carbon clincher wheels?

No carbon clinchers are allowed on the Gran course, as the descent down Skyuka is extremely steep. Carbon clincher wheels are permitted with disc break bikes on the Gran and Medio courses.

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 can 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. The bags will be picked up at the start and returned at the finish line.

Where can I view results from the 2018 ride?

Find your time or see who placed among the top riders in our three rides. View 2018 results.

Where can I download my 2018 photos?

We’ve partnered with GameFace Media to provide you with free photos from your ride. Simply search by your name or bib number, and download the photos that you want to keep.

If you’re unable to find your photos by name or bib number, it’s possible your number was obscured during the ride. No worries though; you may still find your photos by estimated time and location.

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