Gran Fondo Hincapie

October 20, 2018

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
  • Lexus KOM Skyuka Mountain Men’s Overall
  • Lexus QOM Skyuka Mountain Women’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 register them online or on site to sign an additional waiver.

Is this a timed event?

Yes, the entire event will be chip timed. We will also have 2 timed climbs for the Gran; however, KOM awards will be given only for Skyuka Mountain. 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. Lineup starts at 7:10 a.m. 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, neutral support cars 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.

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?

Carbon clincher wheels are prohibited on all courses. They may overheat and fail on the difficult descents.

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.