Boone Gran Fondo, Event Details/Parking/Accommodations

Event Details

NOTE: The information on this page is carried over from 2016 and is subject to changes. Please be sure to check back the week of the event for updates

Please read all notes below

You must return you timing chip or you will be charged $100.  Please make sure you return it!.

Get the RideWithGPS App and load the route to your smart phone and get turn by turn directions for FREE by accessing through this link:  This is typically a paid option but you can use it for free to ride this event. You will need a RideWithGPS account to use this feature. The account is also free and gives you access to the BEST mapping program!

Packet pick up:  (Pick up on Saturday to avoid the race day morning rush)

Saturday  8/5/17, 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM;
Lost Province Brewing Company 130 N Depot St, Boone, NC 28607

Sunday 8/6/17, 5:45 AM to 7:15 AM; (race start/finish)
Capua Law Firm  at 164 South Depot Street Boone, NC 28607


When you arrive please follow directions to park in a designated parking off of River Street at red dot on map.

Timing Chips

You must pick up your timing chips on race morning. You must show your BIB number to get your chip.

You will be issued a timing chip, if you do not return the timing chip you will be charged $100.

Race numbers must be mounted on your back and be easily readable.

Get the RideWithGPS App and load the route to your smart phone and get turn by turn directions for FREE by accessing through this link:  This is typically a paid option but you can use it for free to ride this event. You will need a RideWithGPS account to use this feature. The account is also free and gives you access to the BEST mapping program!

Maps for all routes are also available for download at the following locations:

Aid Stations:

There will be 4 aid stations along the Gran Route, 2 on the Medio Route, and 1 on the Piccolo Route; (located about every 25 miles). Each aid station will be fully stocked with Water, Energy drink mix, Hammer Gel, Endurolyte Fizz, Bananas, PB&J Sandwiches, Cookies & Chips.

Bathrooms: will be available at most aid stations

Time Sections: (THE RACE)  This is not a start to finish race, your overall time is not calculated.

You Must Obey Traffic Laws.  This is not a closed course, Think Safety First.

Do not cause an accident!!!

In all race sections you have the right of way.  When you are not in a race section do not “blow” trough any intersections, this means slow down, stop, and be safe.

There are time sections along the route.  As you approach the time sections please travel through the designated area (in your lane of traffic!) so your chip can be properly read and recorded.  The times for your timed sections will be added together to determine your placement. Gran Route = 4 timed sections; Medio Route = 2 timed sections; Piccolo Route = 1 timed section. You can view all the details for timed section on the above map links, click the icons on the maps for more details.

Time sections are open for specific durations. In order to be timed and eligible for awards you must maintain a progression speed between 22mph and 10mph. NOTE: this is progression speed not average ride speed, progression speed includes all stopped time, like hanging out at an aid station.

Cut off times  No exceptions for Gran Route & Medio Route riders!
If you do not maintain an average progression speed greater than 10mph you will be directed to take a shorter route.  These cut off spots will happen at the pre-established splits and you will be directed to the shorter route. Please Note:  This is a 10mph progression speed not average speed.  Progression speed includes all stopped time, such as hanging out at an aid station for an extended period of time.   No exceptions!

Awards and Raffles will be held no early than 4:00PM and no later than 5:00PM for Gran Route riders:

Piccolo and Medio awards will be held no early than 3:00PM

Awards are given for the fastest times, three deep for each category.

Custom produced  Boone Gran Fondo Winners Kits from Giordana will be awarded to the fastest riders in each age category of the 105 mile event.

The fastest male in section 2 and in section 4 and the fastest female in section 1 and in section 3 will win a Bertucci watch as a prime. Winners for all divisions will get pick of prize table. (one watch per person)

The Mid-Pack-Attack will be awarded to the rider with the middle ranking time in time section #1- this is open to all categories. Winner gets a Giordana GFNCS kit!

We will try to do awards as early as possible. Please understand, it is not possible to tell who won until everyone is finished… this is the nature of a gran fondo, the first one back is not necessarily the winner. We will have great food and drink to help you get to awards. You will not be given any awards until the awards ceremony. If you do place in the top three of your age group, and you cannot/wish-not-to wait for the awards ceremony, you can send a self-addressed package and a $10 postage fee to us (see contact info) and we will mail you your award; sorry we spent over $800 mailing awards last year. If you are not present at awards you will not receive any prizes, the prize will go to raffle and make someone else happy.

Yes the raffle, following the 100 mile awards, we will have great stuff for the raffle from our sponsors including: A week long holiday at Garda Bike Hotel in Itally, Feedback Sports work stand, SeaSucker vacuum mount bike rack, Swiftwick socks, ProGold product, Polar Bottle, Rudy Project, Jittery Joe’s Coffee as well as other prizes). Yes, it’s worth sticking around for!

Special Thanks:
A special thanks to all our volunteers at registration, aid stations and the course marshals, to the Town of Boone, the Boone Police, Blowing Rock Police, and to Watauga, Avery, & Caldwell County Sheriffs’ Departments.  Without their help we would not be able to pull this off.

Sponsors: Thanks to all of our great sponsors: Giordana Cycling, , Swiftwick,Bicycling Magazine, Bertucci Performance WatchesHammer NutritionProGoldRoad IDPolar BottleRudy ProjectFeedback Sports Peaks Coaching Group, and SeaSucker Vacuum Mount Bike Racks, Rudy Project, Jittery Joe’s Coffee, BikeFlights, Ritchey Components, HUB Labels, Garda Bike Hotel and Capua Law Firm.

Start Time: Riders meeting to take place at 7:45am.  Event to start at 8:00am.

Event will start and finish at 164 South Depot Street Boone, NC 28607

See map: Google Maps
164 South Depot Street Boone, NC 28607

What to bring:

Please check the weather and make sure you have adequate clothing.

From the staff of GFNCS, we would like to thank you once again for your participation.  If you have any questions feel free to send us an email at

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