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 (60 mi), Piccolo Route (30 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
The Gran Fondo National Championship in historic Frederick, Maryland is your opportunity to earn the title of fastest rider in the incredible Gran Fondo arena. We offer some of the longest timed sections and most challenging terrain of any Gran Fondo. The rider with the fastest combined time through each designated section will have truly earned their Gran Fondo National Championship Jersey.
This event raises funds to help at-risk youth thorough the Student Homelessness Initiative Partnership (SHIP) of Frederick County and the Police Activity League (P.A.L.)
“Come Challenge Yourself”
Check-in & Packet Pick Up:
Saturday 9/17, 3 PM – 6 PM (Recommended to avoid the rush and enjoy the pre-race fun)
Sunday 9/18, 5:45 AM – 7:15 AM
We Recommend the Comfort Inn Red Horse. Located very close to the start finish area at 998 W. Patrick St. Frederick, MD 21703. (301) 662-0281 If you inform them you are riding in the Gran Fondo and they will give you a special discount rate starting at $79 per night. Book your room now!
Gran Fondo National Championship, Frederick, MD. Course Description: After starting in historic downtown Frederick Maryland, the 100 mile 2014 Gran Fondo National Championship loop will climb 10,561 feet through several different state parks, municipal forests, protected watersheds, and the Catoctin Mountain National Park. Riders will travel north through rolling farmland before entering the Frederick Municipal Forest where the first timed section will gain over 1000’ on a 3.5 mile climb. At the top riders will be able to relax and enjoy the cool mountain forest as the course continues north towards the second timed section that climbs another 1000 feet over three miles through the Catoctin Mountain National Park. The course then descends to the bottom of the park forest and winds between ridges for 16 miles before the 3.5 mile false flat climb of the third timed section through the Emmitsburg Watershed. Enjoy the fresh air coming off of Turkey Creek as you hit the halfway point of the race. Riders will be greeted by a steady seven mile climb that peaks out at almost 1800’ before delivering riders to a welcome 30 mile stretch of untimed road that travels along the contours of South Mountain range. Harp Hill may be less than two miles long, but it will have some of the steepest consistent grades, this was a KOM in the national classic Tour DuPont! Save some for this brute at the 83 mile marker, and be sure you have a little left over for the last four mile timed section. It’s not just the length that will hurt, but the 18 degree pitches that’ll make you glad to be almost home and looking forward to a cool drink at the finish line. From the top it’s nearly a ten mile descent back into the host city Frederick! Enjoy! About Frederick, Maryland:Located within an hour of Washington DC, Baltimore MD, and Gettysburg PA, Frederick is truly near the heart of American history. From mining for gold to a major crossroads of the Civil War the region has filled many chapters in the story of this country. Chartered by German immigrants in 1748, Frederick sits on the edge of the Appalachian Mountains and has continued a strong agricultural culture while still serving as a home base for many commuters working in other metropolitan areas. The result is a city that has the distinct flavor of country living with a thriving downtown full of exceptional restaurants, small breweries, first class shopping, and a bit of nightlife. Carroll Creek runs through the left of town where visitors can sit on its banks and enjoy a summer breeze. In Frederick you’ll find many hotels, small inns, and multiple bed and breakfast establishments for travelers to choose from. Take a couple extra days to explore the town and it’s surrounding highlights.