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Boone Gran Fondo
Sun, Aug 7, 2016
About This Activity
Boone Gran Fondo Boone, North Carolina August 7, 2016 Start Time: 8:00 AM
You can get your java fix dialed in at 7AM from Espresso News located steps from the race start. They are opening early just for us!
“Come Challenge Yourself” Event Open to All
The Gran Fondo National Championship Series offers not only the hardest road racing series in the nation, but also the most fun!
Ride with your friends, Race with your friends
3 Distances to choose from: Gran Route (100 mi), Medio Route (55 mi), Piccolo Route (20 mi) 4 Timed Sections in the Gran Route – Best Combined Time Wins Custom “Race Winner” jerseys for all Gran Route age group winners Cash Purse and Prizes for Gran Route winners Awards and Prizes for Medio and Piccolo winners No racing license required
Fully stocked aid stations and SAG support to keep you going Post Race Food & Beverage for a fun recovery
Price *T-Shirt included only for registrations received more than 10 day in advance of 7/28/16
Packet pick up: (Pick up on Saturday to avoid the race day morning rush)
Saturday 8/6/16, 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM; Lost Province Brewing Company 130 N Depot St, Boone, NC 28607
Sunday 8/7/16, 5:45 AM to 7:15 AM; 164 South Depot Street Boone, NC 28607
In mid-summer, the High Country of North Carolina enjoys 80-degree temperatures while the surrounding East Coast temperatures hover in the high 90s. August 3rd is a prime time to be in Boone. The Boone Gran Fondo rolls through Appalachian State University and, after just a few turns, climbs beside picturesque Winklers Creek during the first timed section.
After a short downhill and a climb up the gorgeous Shull’s Mill road, the course passes the Blue Ridge Parkway and turns onto Hwy 221. This section of road was hand built in the 1890’s across Grandfather Mountain and served as the Blue Ridge Parkway until the 1980’s. This second timed section is like a paved roller coaster.
After passing the Grandfather Park entrance, the downhill into Linville is a local favorite stretch of road. The route passes through the Avery County seat, the town of Newland. The back roads of Cow Camp and Squirrel Creek lead to the North Toe River Valley. Here, riders enjoy a few tranquil moments in the valley before the ascent, and third timed section, on the back of Beech Mountain.
Another nice downhill waits on the other side. The beautiful Bethel Valley brings riders to a climb to the Tennessee State Line to end the forth timed section. From here, the route cruises on a very long gradual downhill grade through the valley and communities of Sugar Grove and Valle Crucis before it takes a climb up Laurel Fork and White Oak roads back to the town of Boone.