FAQ

June 4, 2022

General Info

Who is Gran Fondo Hincapie for?

Gran Fondo Hincapie is for riders of all riding abilities and perfect for anyone looking to take part in The Ultimate Cycling Experience.

What are the categories for the awards?

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 (Gran & Medio): 1st overall

QOM (Gran & Medio): 1st overall

GFH Junior Challenge: Visit the Junior Challenge page

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 would like. However, riders participating in the 81 mile Gran event must reach the following intersections by the designated cut-off times. Riders not reaching these cut-off times will be directed onto the Medio course and scored as a Medio Rider.

Cut-Off #1: Mile 28.5 at 10:45 am (2:45 elapsed time)

Cut-Off #2: Mile 61.3 at 1:45 pmM (5:45 elapsed time)

How do riders line up at the start?

Riders will line up on a first come, first served basis starting at 7 am. Piccolo and Junior Challenge Riders will have their own start corrals.

Can I line up with my friends in the start corral?

Yes, riders will line up on a first come, first served basis starting at 7 am.

Do you provide a bag drop on the course?

Yes, we provide a bag drop at the first rest stop for the Gran and Medio routes. Please note that all dropped items must fit into a one-gallon zip lock bag. Items will be picked up by the Medio broom wagon and will be dropped off at the luggage corral after the last Medio rider finishes. You must present your bib number to the volunteer at the luggage corral to claim your items.

Is there a minimum age for participants?

There is no minimum age requirement. However, participants under the age of 18 will need to have a parent sign a waiver on site. This can be done on Friday, June 3rd or Saturday, June 4th at Packet Pickup & Registration. Participants in the GFH Junior Challenge must be at least 9 years of age on event day.

I see that there are dirt road sections on the course. Do I need a gravel or mountain bike?

No, the Gran Fondo Hincapie Lehigh Valley courses have been set up in the style of the European Spring Classics, which are ridden on standard road bikes. We have ridden the courses on our own road bikes with 25c and 28c Michelin Power Road tires with great results! The total milage on chemain (dirt roads) is 5.1 miles for the Gran and 4 miles for the Medio. The Piccolo course features a short 200m section of dirt just before the finish.

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 or CO2 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.

How many aid stations will be on the course?

There will be four aid stations along the course stocked with food, hydration, and medical supplies.

Will the roads be closed to traffic?

All roads after mile 3.8 will be open to traffic. It is our goal to have assistance for all intersections as well as challenging sections of the course. With that in mind, riders must obey all traffic laws and rules of the road unless instructed to do otherwise by police or course officials. We strongly encourage all riders to ride as close to the right side of the road as is reasonable at all times. Riders must also follow the instructions of police officers, course marshals, and volunteers to avoid disqualification.

The finish is on a track inside a velodrome. What if I have never ridden on a track, or I am not sure I will feel comfortable riding on a track?

All riders will enter the velodrome at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center in the middle of the backstretch where the banking is not steep. From there, riders can choose to ride the banked part of the track, or on the flat apron to the finish line.

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, finisher 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.

If you’d like to transfer your registration to another rider, you may do this until April 3, 2022. There are no registration transfers allowed after this date. See below for more details.

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 Hincapie event that cannot be recovered, including the cost of providing you with the items in your rider packets, the Gran Fondo Hincapie Series has a strict no cash refund policy on registration fees. Thus, if we cancel a Gran Fondo Hincapie 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/distance?

You may log in to your Bikereg account at any time before April 3, 2022 and change your ride distance. After this date, you can pick up your packet during packet pickup and then go to the Registration Transfer line to have your ride distance changed in our system. It is very important that every rider is registered for the correct route so that our finish results are accurate.

Can I transfer my registration to another rider?

Yes, you can log into your Bikereg account and transfer your original Gran Fondo Hincapie-Lehigh Valley registration through April 3, 2022. There is a $25 transfer fee to transfer your registration to another rider. There will be NO registration transfers after April 3. You may not transfer your registration to a different Gran Fondo Hincapie event.

Technical Info

What type of bike can I ride for the event?

We suggest using a road bike with 25c or larger tires. You can also ride a mountain bike, touring bike, or single speed (with two brakes). While the courses do feature short dirt road sections, a gravel bike is not necessary, but is allowed. We have ridden the courses on our own road bikes with 25c and 28c Michelin Power Road tires with great results! Recumbent bikes are allowed on the Piccolo course only. Tandem bikes, trailers, and bike seats are not allowed for safety reasons.

What should I wear?

We encourage every rider to check the weather forecast and dress appropriately for the conditions of the day.

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.

Finally, make sure your bib number is pinned to the back of your jersey and visible at all times on course.