Tour of Georgia Gran Fondo, Event Details/Parking/Accommodations

Event Details:

Please read all notes below

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

Packet Pick Up:  (You must check in yourself and have photo-ID to check in)

Saturday from 3:30pm – 6:00pm at La Cabana 8160 S Main St, Helen, GA 30545 (Note La Cabana is located on the back side of the above address and is easier to access from  Edelweiss Strasse).

Sunday morning from 6:00am-7:00am – In City park across from 807 Edelweiss Strasse  Helen, GA 30545 (Race Start/Finish)

We recommend picking up your packet on Saturday to avoid the rush

Accommodations: We recommend  Unicoi State Park Lodge


Located downtown Helen, GA.  See parking map, Park only in red areas marked “parking” on the map.
When you arrive please find a designated parking spot.  Please park in a proper spot!

Parking Map click here

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 side and be easily readable.


Maps for 25 mile, 64 mile and 100 mile loops are available for download at the following locations:

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Aid Stations:
There will be 4 aid stations along the 100 mile route, 3 on the 64mi, and 1 on the 25mi (about every 20-25 miles). Each aid station will be fully stocked with Water, HEED drink mix, Hammer Gel, Endurolytes, Endurolyte Fizz, Bananas, PB&J Sandwiches, Cookies & Chips and more.

Bathrooms: will be available at all 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!!!

All race sections are free of intersections and you have the right of way.  You will not be racing through any intersections, this means you can slow down, stop, and be safe.

As you approach the time 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 for your review at the finish. 100 mile = 4 timed sections; 64 mile = 3 timed sections; 25 mile = 1 timed section. You can view all the details for timed section on the above map links, click the map icons for 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 speed, progression speed includes all stopped time.

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! Cut off times  No exceptions for 100 & 64 mile riders!

Awards & Raffles – Details & Times:

A link to results will be posted at the top of the home page on race morning, the results will feed live (when telephone reception is available) and can be viewed on a standard web browser on any smart phone, tablet, or computer.

Awards for the fastest times- three deep for each age group category.  Custom produced Giordana Tour of Georgia Gran Fondo Winners Jersey’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.

Awards for 25 & 64 mile riders will be held between at 3:00
Awards for 100 mile riders will be held at 4:00

Yes- if you finish earlier you will need to wait for awards. We wish there was a way around this; however, 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 from La Cabana and Terrapin Beer to help you get to the 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, directly following 100 mile awards, we will have great stuff for the raffle from our sponsors including, a holiday at Garda Bike Hotel in Italy, SeaSucker vacuum mount bike rack, Swiftwick socks, Feedback Sports stand, Hammer Nutrition, Polar Bottle, Rudy Project helmet and sunglasses, Crotch Guard, Shimano, Industry Nine, Jittery Joe’s Coffee as well as other prizes). Yes, it’s worth sticking around for!

Thanks to all of our great sponsors: Giordana CyclingSwiftwick,Bicycling Magazine, Bertucci Performance WatchesHammer NutritionPolar BottleRudy ProjectFeedback Sports, Peaks Coaching Group, and SeaSucker Vacuum Mount Bike Racks, Rudy Project, Jittery Joe’s Coffee, BikeFlights, Ritchey Components, HUB LabelsCapua Law Firm, Crotch GuardGarda Bike Hotel, Unicoi State Park, Alpine Helen CVB, and White County Chamber of Commerce

Start Time:

Riders meeting to take place at 7:45am on Saturday.  Event to start at 8:00am.

Event will start and finish in city park across from 807 Edelweiss Strasse  Helen, GA 30545


See map: Google Maps

City park across from 807 Edelweiss Strasse  Helen, GA 30545 (Race Start/Finish)

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

Tell your friends to get registered now to join the fun!