Race Email, Gran Fondo National Championship

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

We would like to thank you for registering for the September 17, 2017 Gran Fondo National Championship, Also referred to as Gran Fondo Maryland

Please read all notes below 

You must return you timing chip or you will be charged $100. Please make sure you return it!  All Timing chips are issued/installed on race morning.

You must start on time at 8:00 AM or your times will not be counted. Race briefing is at 7:45AM You must be there to start!

This is not a Start to Finish Race! Time sections determine placement.

The course is open to traffic – you must obey traffic laws! That means stop at lights and stop signs.

Registration will also be available at an increased fee on Saturday and Sunday, tell your friends to sign up now, they can still register.

Packet Pick Up: (You must check-in in person, you must show photo ID to check in)

All Timing-chips are issued/installed on race morning, this should be done after you are completely dressed and ready to ride, it takes about 2 minutes.  Timing chip is a separate process than registration. You must register and then after registering, and getting fully dressed for the ride, you will then pick up your timing chip.

Don’t be afraid to be early on Sunday, you are better off having some extra time than being rushed.

Book Your accommodation at our Host Hotel
Marriott hotel(s) offering your special group rate of $109 USD per night:
Fairfield Inn & Suites Frederick, 5220 Westview Drive, Frederick, MD 21703
(301) 631-2000

Please follow direction and park responsibly in designated parking spaces. Parking is in the same area as the start finish (Frederick Visitor Center 151 S East St, Frederick, MD 21701)

Aid Stations:
There will be 4 aid stations along the 90 mile route, 3 on the 60mi, and 1 on the 32 mile route. Each aid station will be fully stocked with Water, Drink Mix, Hammer Gel, Endurolyte Fizz, Bananas, PB&J Sandwiches, Cookies, Chips and Pretzels.

Bathrooms Aid-Station will have bathrooms.  Please use bathrooms.  One of the biggest local complaints is cyclists peeing on the side of the road.  Please help our reputation.

Drop Bags:
A drop-box will be taken to aid station 1 & 3 on the 100 mile route, this is aid 1 & 2 on the 60 mile route.  This service is meant for you to have your own food, drink, or nutritional product on the course. If you put a jacket/vest, or other item of clothing in your drop bag you should take it with you as you leave the aid station. We are not responsible for items left at the aid station.  DO NOT PUT THINGS IN THE DROP BOX THAT YOU EXPECT TO BE TRANSPORTED BACK TO THE START/FINISH AREA. PLAN ON PICKING YOUR ITEMS UP AS YOU PASS THROUGH THE AID STATION. Drop-Boxes are for thing to go out, not things to come back.

We are not responsible for lost or damaged goods in a drop bag. We are not responsible for drop bags left after the event. Drop box will be transported back to the finish area at the end of the event – estimated time for drop box to be back at finish area is 6pm.

Timing Chips

  • All riders must have timing chips installed on race morning.
  • 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 right-hand side and be easily readable.

Gran Fondo National Championship GFNCS Maps

Get the RideWithGPS App and load the route to your smart phone or GPS

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

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

Do not cause an accident!!!

Be respectful of others on the road!

During all race sections you have the right of way. When you are outside of race sections you do not have the right of way, this means when you come to a sign or signal you should slow down, stop, and be safe.

There are timed sections along the route. As you approach the timed sections you must 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 compiled and determine placement. 100 mile has 4 timed sections; 60 mile has 2 timed sections; 30 mile has 1 timed section. You can view all the details for timed section with the map links below, click the map icons for details.

Timed 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 speed, progression speed includes all stopped time.

Riders must progress between speeds of 22mph to 10mph. These speeds are based on progression, not average speed, and include all stopped time like hanging out at an aid station.

Cut off times No exceptions for 100 & 60 mile 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. No exceptions!

Awards and Raffles will be held at 3:00 for 30 & 60 mile riders and 4:00 PM for 100 mile riders:

Gran Loop (100 mile) finishers will receive a finisher medal.

Awards are given for the fastest times, three deep for each category. Custom produced Giordana Gran Fondo National Championship Winners Kit’s will be awarded to the fastest riders in each age category of the 100 mile event. Categories may be combined at promoter’s discretion. 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.

Yes 3:00 & 4:00, we will try to do awards as early as possible. Please understand, it is not possible to tell who won until everyone is finish– this is the nature of a gran fondo, the first one back is not necessarily the winner. We will have great food and drink (beer), and  music to help you get to 5:00. 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 postage-paid mailing package to us and we will mail you your award. 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 cycling trip in Italy with Bike Division, 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!

Post Ride Food

We will have hot food, drinks (Beer), and music… plan to stick around.

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

Start Time:
Riders meeting to take place at 7:45 AM.  Event to start at 8:00 AM. (you must start on time)

Event will start and finish at Frederick Visitor Center 151 S East St, Frederick, MD 21701

See map: Frederick Visitor Center 151 S East St, Frederick, MD 21701

What to bring:
Please check the weather and make sure you have adequate clothing. If you get caught in a passing shower on the top of a mountain it can be very cold! We recommend carrying a light weight cycling jacket. (you don’t need to carry food, you can eat at aid stations plan to carry a jacket).


  • Live Results will be posted as the event progresses- See our home page on race day for results

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

Tell your friends to get registered now! The course is dialed!

Yours Truly,