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. You are only eligible for competition prizes if you complete the full course.
The following awards will be given:
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?
Greenville: You may ride as fast as you want, but you must average at least 11.5 mph to avoid the cutoffs. A broom wagon will trail the ride at 10 mph. The first cutoff is at mile 20.8 at 10:45 a.m., and you must be at the top of Saluda Grade Climb (46 miles in) no later than 1:30 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.
Chattanooga: You may ride as fast as you want, but you must average at least 10.8 mph to avoid the cutoffs. Cyclists riding in our Gran route should reach the intersection of Pleasant Grove Road and East Valley Road by 11:15 a.m. This intersection is located 35.1 miles into the ride, giving riders 3 hours and 15 minutes to reach the intersection from the start line. If you’re unable to reach this intersection by the cutoff time, you’ll be redirected on East Valley Road and will rejoin the Gran route at Mile Marker 53.7. This will lower your ride distance to 64.3 miles. A broom wagon will trail the ride at 10 mph. The course will be completely closed at 5 p.m.
Fort Worth: You may ride as fast as you want, but you must average at least 12 mph to avoid the cutoffs. A broom wagon will trail the ride at 12 mph. The course will be completely closed at 4 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.
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 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 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 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 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 email@example.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.
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 are allowed on the Piccolo course only. Tandem bikes, trailers, and bike seats are not allowed for safety reasons.
Can I use carbon clincher wheels?
Carbon clincher rim brake wheels are not permitted on the Gran course for the Greenville event, as the descent down Skyuka is extremely steep. They are permitted on the Medio and Piccolo courses. Disc brake carbon wheels are allowed on all courses.
Carbon clincher rim brake wheels are permitted for the Chattanooga and Fort Worth events.
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.