June 4, 2022
For George Hincapie, becoming the most decorated Spring Classics rider in American cycling history started at a young age. And how do the best Spring Classic riders become successful? Practice—and a lot of it. As we continue to grow the sport and see the next generation of Classics riders make their way to the pro peloton, we invite all juniors to come test their skill in Lehigh Valley, PA. Our junior riders will be treated to a 55-mile course featuring 4 total miles of chemin (dirt sections) AND the fun of Gran Fondo Hincapie. And by the way—there’s a total purse of $5,000 up for grabs.
The Gran Fondo Hincapie Junior Challenge–Lehigh Valley is proud to offer a combined $5,000 prize purse.
(All award winners must be present at the 3 pm awards ceremony to be eligible for payout.
No payouts will be mailed or distributed after that time.)
Who is the Gran Fondo Hincapie Junior Challenge for?
The Junior Challenge is for everyone ages 9–18 who wish to compete. Participation age is determined by each participant’s age on December 31, 2022.
What is the registration price?
The registration price for the Gran Fondo Hincapie-Lehigh Valley Junior Challenge is $35.
Is free registration still available for juniors who just want to ride and not compete?
Yes, junior riders 18 and under can still register to ride the Gran, Medio, or Piccolo events for free. These participants are not included in the junior challenge but will still enjoy all the fun and festivities of Gran Fondo Hincapie! Be sure to select the Junior Entry and not the Junior Challenge when registering.
What course does the Gran Fondo Hincapie Junior Challenge ride?
All Gran Fondo Hincapie Junior Challenge riders will follow the medio course. The total distance will be 55 miles. Course information can be found here
Do I need a USA Cycling or UCI Racing License to participate in the Gran Fondo Hincapie Junior Challenge?
Yes, each participant will need to present a current 2022 USA Cycling or UCI license at packet pickup. If you do not have a current USA Cycling License, Junior licenses are free and you can get one here.
Do USA Cycling rules apply to the Gran Fondo Hincapie Junior Challenge?
Yes, all USA Cycling rules and policies, including junior gear restrictions, will apply. More information can be found here
How will participants in the Gran Fondo Hincapie Junior Challenge line up at the start?
All participants in the Gran Fondo Hincapie Junior Challenge will have their own staging and start corral. Staging and start information will be provided in the weeks leading up to the event.
Is a parent or legal guardian required to be present at the event?
Yes, a parent or legal guardian 18 years of age or older is required to sign a waiver at packet pickup (June 3 or 4) and be present on event day (June 4).
Can participants have team or personal SAG support on course?
No. For safety reasons no team or personal vehicles will be allowed on course. There will be neutral SAG support provided and three fully stocked rest stops. Any participant found receiving personal SAG or feed will be disqualified.