MAY

4

2024

Gran Fondo / Chattanooga, Tennessee

Chattanooga

Join George on a ride through the Tennessee mountains!

Ride from downtown city streets to winding mountain roads. Gran Fondo Hincapie-Chattanooga begins in the center of the River City before taking you on a scenic ride along the Tennessee River and ascending Sequatchie Mountain. Celebrate your finish (and your survival of Sequatchie Mountain) at our family festival, with beverages and free food for you and your friends.

 

New! Age group awards will be given for Gran & Medio courses.

Event Details

Location: Chattanooga, TN

Date: May 3 - 4 2024

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Chip

Free Timing Chip

Water Bottle

Fully Stocked Rest Stops

Car

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Camera

Participation Medal and Photo

Rides /

Choose From 3 Different courses

FIND YOUR NEXT ADVENTURE. CHOOSE YOUR RIDE. START TRAINING.

Gran

Stunning views, challenging climbs, and fast descents 
await our Gran cyclists!

  • Riders will depart from Miller Park and immediately be treated to the sights and sounds of beautiful downtown Chattanooga and the surround landscape. The first 9 miles of the day will provide a great opportunity to get in your groove as you travel rolling and flat roads beside the Tennessee River.

  • At mile 9.1 riders will reach the first true challenge of the route, Suck Creek. Contrary to the name, most riders will find this to be a fun test as they make their way up the 5.5-mile climb that averages a manageable grade of 5%. As you make your way up, be sure to catch views to the right of South Suck Creek cascading down to the Tennessee River you left behind only a few miles ago.

  • After conquering Suck Creek riders will be provided with an opportunity for recovery and a shot of adrenaline as they plunge down into the Sequatchie Valley on a fast 4.1 mile descent. Upon safely reaching the bottom of the descent riders will reach the small town of Powell’s Crossing and the first rest stop of the day at mile 19.6. Be sure to refuel and resupply here, the day is still young.

  • The next 16 miles offer up fast flat and rolling roads on the floor of the Sequatchie Valley. Use this time to relax, enjoy the views, and prepare for your next big climb of the day. As you enter the town of Sequatchie you will notice the rising wall of Sequatchie Mountain to your right. Yes, you are about to climb that! What this climb lacks in length (only 1.9 miles) it more than makes up for in steepness. With an average grade of 10.4% this climb will test even the most skilled climbers.

  • After you have conquered Sequatchie Mtn. be sure to stop at the second rest stop of the day located at Sequatchie Baptist Church. Refueled and refreshed rides will enjoy the 3.5 mile descent into Japser, TN and the flatter roads on the way back to the Tennessee River. Be sure to offer some words of encouragement to riders making their way towards Sequatchie Mtn. as you pass by.

  • The last rest stop of the day is by far the most scenic. Located at Marion County Park riders will have a chance to take a brief rest on the banks of the Tennessee River. The final 21 miles of the day feature short rolling hills and a run into Miller Park with 360 degree views of the Chattanooga Skyline and the surrounding mountains. As you see the 1KM to go marker, start your final kick to the finish, roll across the red carpet, and you’ve made it! Time to celebrate!

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Ride Details

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Elevation:

5,611 ft

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Climbs:

3/2 Timed

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Rest Stops:

3

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Medio

Stunning views, a monster climb, and an epic descent await our Medio cyclists!

  • Riders will depart from Miller Park and immediately be treated to the sights and sounds of beautiful downtown Chattanooga and the surround landscape. The first 9 miles of the day will provide a great opportunity to get in your groove as you travel rolling and flat roads beside the Tennessee River.

  • At mile 9.1 riders will reach the biggest test of the day, Suck Creek. Contrary to the name, most riders will find this to be a fun test as they make their way up the 5.5-mile climb that averages a manageable grade of 5%. As you make your way up, be sure to catch views to the right of South Suck Creek cascading down to the Tennessee River you left behind only a few miles ago.

  • After conquering Suck Creek riders will be provided with an opportunity for recovery and a shot of adrenaline as they plunge down into the Sequatchie Valley on a fast 4.1 mile descent. Upon safely reaching the bottom of the descent riders will reach the small town of Powell’s Crossing and the first rest stop of the day at mile 19.6. Be sure to refuel and resupply here, the day is still young.

  • The next 14 miles offer up fast flat and rolling roads on the floor of the Sequatchie Valley. At mile 29.8 Medio riders will say “see you at the finish” to their Gran counterparts as they stay to the left to travel back toward the Tennessee River.

  • The last rest stop of the day is by far the most scenic. Located at Marion County Park riders will have a chance to take a brief rest on the banks of the Tennessee River. The final 21 miles of the day feature short rolling hills and a run into Miller Park with 360 degree views of the Chattanooga Skyline and the surrounding mountains. As you see the 1KM to go marker, start your final kick to the finish, roll across the red carpet, and you’ve made it! Time to celebrate!

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Ride Details

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Elevation:

3,543 ft

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Climbs:

2/1 Timed

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Rest Stops:

3

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Piccolo

A fun course that features manageable challenges is what we have on tap for our Piccolo Family Fun Ride participants!

  • Riders will depart from Miller Park and immediately be treated to the sights and sounds of beautiful downtown Chattanooga and the surround landscape. Piccolo riders will ride the first 3.5 miles of the course with Gran and Medio riders and then make a left to take on their main challenge of the day, Pineville Road. Don’t let the short nature of this climb fool you as the average grade is a leg burning 10.4%!

  • After riders have put their stamp on the Pineville Road Climb, they will continue downhill toward the rest stop located at Brown’s Ferry Trail Head. Take a chance to recover and refuel here and get ready for the final stretch back into downtown Chattanooga. After enjoying more city sights and views of the Tennessee River, rider will reach the 1KM to go marker. Time to start the final finishing kick and roll across the red carpet. You’ve made it! Time to celebrate!

  • There are no awards given out for top finishers on this course, but we will raffle off a few prizes for all Piccolo finishers (must be present at the Awards Ceremony to win).

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Ride Details

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Elevation:

463 ft

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Climbs:

1

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Rest Stops:

0

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Night with the Stars /

The Best Pre Ride Party

Night With The Stars is the best pre-ride party you can imagine, right in the heart of Downtown Chattanooga. Join George Hincapie on Friday night for great food and top rated wine, all in the ambiance of the twinkling lights and the quiet garden of the Waterhouse Pavilion at Miller Plaza.

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Event Schedule /

The Upcoming Itinerary

MAY

03

2024

2:00PM – 6:00PM

2024 Packet Pickup & Onsite Registration

Bessie Smith Cultural Center East Martin Luther King Boulevard Chattanooga, TN

If you pre-registered for Gran Fondo Hincapie-Chattanooga, you’ll need to pick up your packet to get everything you need for the big day—plus a few extras from our great sponsors. On-site registration is available for last-minute decision-makers as well. Event merchandise will be available for purchase, but quantities and sizes are subject to availability. Size exchanges at the event are available after the ride start on Saturday.

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MAY

03

2024

7:00PM - 10:00PM

A Night With The Stars

Waterhouse Pavilion 850 Market St, Chattanooga, TN 37402

A Night With The Stars, is the best pre-ride party you can imagine, right in the heart of Downtown Chattanooga. Join George Hincapie on Friday night for great food and top rated wine, all in the ambiance of the twinkling lights and the quiet garden of the Waterhouse Pavilion at Miller Plaza.

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MAY

04

2024

6:00AM - 7:30AM

Final Packet Pickup and Registration

Bessie Smith Cultural Center East Martin Luther King Boulevard Chattanooga, TN

Plan to arrive extra early in case there is a line. You will need time to park and ride your bike to the start. On site registration will shut down promptly at 7:30 to allow the timing company a chance to get the final database synced over in time for the start.

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MAY

04

2024

8:00AM

Ride Starts

Bessie Smith Cultural Center East Martin Luther King Boulevard Chattanooga, TN

Start corrals will open promptly at 7:00AM. All riders must be in their corrals no later than 7:45AM.

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MAY

04

2024

10:00AM - 4:00PM

Family Festival & Expo

Bessie Smith Cultural Center East Martin Luther King Boulevard Chattanooga, TN

We are a family friendly event, so bring your family and friends to celebrate with you when you cross that finish line at our Family Fun Festival! Our Vendor Expo, free food, beverages and a whole lot of fun await!

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May

04

2024

10:30AM

Piccolo Awards Ceremony

Bessie Smith Cultural Center East Martin Luther King Boulevard Chattanooga, TN

Be sure to stick around for our Picollo awards ceremony!

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MAY

04

2024

2:30PM

Awards Ceremony

Bessie Smith Cultural Center East Martin Luther King Boulevard Chattanooga, TN

Gran Award Details: Men’s 1st, 2nd, 3rd Overall Women’s 1st, 2nd, 3rd Overall KOM & QOM Men & Women’s 1st, 2nd, & 3rd in the following age groups: 10-18 19-29 30-39 40-49 50-59 60-69 70+ Medio Award Details: Men’s 1st, 2nd, 3rd Overall Women’s 1st, 2nd, 3rd Overall KOM & QOM Men & Women’s 1st, 2nd, & 3rd in the following age groups: 10-18 19-29 30-39 40-49 50-59 60-69 70+ Other Awards: Junior KOM for Suck Creek Climb *All awards are based on gun time and not chip time

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Welcome to Chattanooga, TN

Located next to the Tennessee River, Chattanooga is one of the most breathtaking cities in the Southeast. The area offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities, culinary adventures, and arts-scene perusing.

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Getting Here

Centrally located in the Southeast, Chattanooga is a convenient drive from Atlanta, Nashville, Knoxville, and Birmingham. For those further away, Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport is located 10 miles from downtown.

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Where to Stay

Choose from a number of fantastic lodging options located just a short ride or walk from the Start/Finish

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Become a Volunteer /

Riding the bike isn't your thing?

We love hosting volunteers as much as we love hosting riders. Spend time hanging out with awesome people while passing out rider packets, handing out finishing medals or helping set up – among other things. We’ve got plenty of ways to help and plenty of time slots to fit your schedule. All our volunteers receive a FREE t-shirt along with a rider pack that includes swag from our sponsors! Visit our signup page and find something that works for you!

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Gran Fondo / Chattanooga, Tennessee

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Location: Chattanooga, TN

Date: May 3 - 4 2024

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