Race Email, Gran Fondo Asheville

NOTE: Much of 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 Gran Fondo Asheville

Please read all notes below 

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

Start Locations is at: New Belgium Brewing Company 21 Craven St, Asheville, NC 28806

You must start on time at 8:00 AM or your times will not be counted. Race briefing is at 7:45 under the start/finish arch. Be there ready to ride. 

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. If you do not obey traffic rules and laws you will be disqualified and fined by local police.

Recommended Gearing

If you have not seen the elevation charts, check them out along with all the other maps at https://www.granfondonationalchampionshipseries.com/gran-fondo-asheville-2/

We strongly recommended bringing the easiest gearing you have.  A compact crank is recommended.

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

All riders must pick up their timing chip on race morning. This takes a minimum amount of time and is a separate process from check in.

We recommend picking up your packet on Friday to avoid the rush on race morning it will save you a lot of time on race morning… you’ll also get to enjoy a beverage.

If you plan to pick up your packet on race morning be early!

Host Hotel: Crown Plaza 
Cyclist staying at the hotel can use the parking lots for the day and follow the marked path/ chalk paint down to New Belgium. Click this link to see route to NB from CP

Parking  – LOOK AT THIS MAP!
Click HERE View parking map
Parking is off College Street. Use I-240 and exit on Charlotte Street to College Ave.

Do not park in regulated parking spaces, you will be fined.

Aid Stations:
There will be 3 aid stations along the 100 mile, 2 on the 60mile, and 1 on the 30 mile route Each aid station will be fully stocked with great products from Publix and Hammer Nutrition. Water, HEED energy drink, Hammer Gel, Endurolyte Fizz, Bananas, PB&J Sandwiches, Cookies, Chips and Pretzels, Apple, and Oranges.

Aid-Station will have bathrooms.

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 side and be easily readable.


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

View all maps at: https://www.granfondonationalchampionshipseries.com/gran-fondo-asheville-2/

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!!!

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. You will not be racing through any intersections; this means when you come to a sign or signal you must slow down, stop, and be safe. 

There are timed sections along the route. The start and finish of these sections will be marked with a feather flag and orange cones. As you approach the timed sections you must travel through the designated area (in your lane of traffic!) so that your chip can be properly read and recorded. The times for your timed sections will be compiled and determine placement.  The 100 mile route 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 above map links, 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.

Cut off times No exceptions for 100 & 60 mile riders!  There will be two cut-offs these are also points where you can short cut the route. 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!Riders must progress between speeds of 22mph to 10mph. The times above reflect these speeds with a little bit of cushion. These speeds are based on progression, not average speed, and they include all stopped time.

Short cuts- If want to start the party early?  12 miles from the finish, there is an alternate route back to the finish line that bypasses the final climb up Elk Mountain Scenic Hwy and will save you about 10 miles of hard riding.  Although you won’t quality for timing sections, you can still win great door prizes during the awards celebration.

Awards and Raffles:

30 and 60 mile awards will be held between 3:00 and 3:30

100 mile  awards will be held as close to 4:00 PM but not before
Awards are given for the fastest times, three deep for each age category. 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 Performance Watch as a prime. Winners for all divisions will get pick of prize table.

Yes 4:00, we will try to do it earlier if 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 Beer to help you get to awards. 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– we will be holding a raffle directly following 100 mile awards, we will have great stuff for the raffle from our sponsors including, Feedback Sports bike stand, SeaSucker vacuum mount bike rack, Swiftwick socks, Industry Nine Hubs, Shimano components, Hammer Nutrition products, Polar Bottle, Rudy Project, Jittery Joe’s Coffee, Crotch Guard, A holiday at Garda Bike Hotel, as well as other prizes). Yes, it’s worth sticking around for!  (List from 2016 subject to change)

Post Ride Food
We will have hot food for you as well as beverages.

Thanks to all of our great sponsors: Giordana CyclingSwiftwick, Shimano, Industry NineBicycling Magazine, Bertucci Performance WatchesHammer NutritionCycleStar LubricantsPolar BottleRudy ProjectFeedback Sports, Crotch Guard, Garda Bike Hotel Peaks Coaching GroupSeaSucker Vacuum Mount Bike Racks, Rudy Project, Jittery Joe’s Coffee, BikeFlights, Ritchey Components, HUB Labels, and Capua Law Firm.

Thanks to all the local Asheville area sponsors:

Special Thanks to:

Start Time:
Riders meeting to take place at 7:45 AM under the arch; event to start at 8:00 AM.

Start finish area: New Belgium Brewing Company 21 Craven St, Asheville, NC 28806 (race Start Finish area)

Parking  – LOOK AT THIS MAP!

Click HERE View parking map
Parking is TBA

The Green Dot on the map is the Start / Finish and the red dots are the parking locations.

Do not park in regulated parking spaces, you will be fined.

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 strongly recommend carrying a light weight cycling jacket. Currently they are calling for 80, with a  10% chance of showers.

A link to Results will be posted on the home page at www.GFNCS.com

If you see an emergency please report it.  If you have cell phone reception and it is a true emergence call 911.  If you see something important that is not an emergency or do not have cell phone reception please report the issue to the radio operator located at the start of each timed sections.

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 info@granfondochampionship.com

Tell your friends to get registered now! The course is dialed and the weather is looking great!

Yours Truly,