Boone Gran Fondo
Boone, North Carolina
August 3, 2014
Start Time: 8:00 AM
This is a 2014 Gran Fondo National Championship SeriesSM event
3 loops to choose from: 105 mile, 55 mile, 20 mile
Event Open to All
4 timed sections in the 105 mile route – Best combined time wins
Prizes for 105 mile overall and age group winners
Awards for 55 mile and 20 mile winners
Fully stocked aid stations to keep you going
Ride with your friends, Race with your friends
Advance registration price – $95, $75, $50
10 days out price – $110, $90, $65
Day of registration price – $120, $100, $75 (if available)
The Gran Fondo National Championship Series offers 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 victory.
Western Youth Network (WYN)
“Come Challenge Yourself”
Packet pick up: (Pick up on Saturday to avoid the race day morning rush)
Saturday 8/2/14, 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM; Boone Bike 899 Blowing Rock Rd Boone, NC 28607
Sunday 8/3/14, 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.