Today's Date: July 31, 2014
The Valley View Challenge is a must-ride for cyclists of all abilities. This 35-mile route showcases the idyllic scenery and country roads that make Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, Virginia famed riding destinations. The route is almost entirely paved; we’ve thrown in a few brief connectors on little dirt roads, over low-water bridges and up country lanes – and they make the experience one to remember! Don’t let the “Valley” fool you; this route offers a great challenge with over 2,600 feet of rolling climbs and a steep jaunt up Mole Hill. The final miles of the Challenge roll through the…
The Shenandoah Mountain Adventure offers an amazing challenge: 76 miles with over 7,000 feet of climbing on some of the most ideal mountain roads around! The route is all-paved and includes one (optional) timed KOM section on Virginia Route 33 up the eastern side of Shenandoah Mountain. Riders love the wide-open winding road leading into West Virginia. There, you’ll enjoy a few miles meandering alongside the headwaters of the Potomac River. The route’s hidden gem: a serpentine climb up the western side of Shenandoah Mountain on the newly-paved Moyers Gap Road; a treat you’ll only get to enjoy if you’re…
Jeremiah Bishop’s favorite training route earned its nickname with glorious mountain top meadows, winding climbs and hillside farms reminiscent of the Austrian, German and Swiss settings where he has competed. Now this magnificent scenery is the backdrop for the most challenging and adventurous Gran Fondo in the United States. The route begins in Harrisonburg, Virginia and covers 105 miles featuring over 11,000 feet of climbing and two dirt road climbs – the toughest Gran Fondo in the States! The Alpine Loop Gran Fondo provides the opportunity and inspiration for individuals and teams to take on great challenges in support of…
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Scenes from the 2013 Alpine Loop Gran Fondo presented by The Prostate Cancer Awareness Project were captured by Adventure Seen and the Joe Foley Photography team; resulting in an inspiring glimpse of the amazing journey that’s shaped Jeremiah Bishop and all the cyclists who have joined him for the Alpine Loop Gran Fondo.
The incredible talents of videographer Scott Wooten and the Joe Foley Photography team came together to capture an amazing glimpse into the adventure of Jeremiah Bishop’s Alpine Loop Gran Fondo! The result is sure to inspire.
A variety of locally-owned farm-to-table and international restaurants call Harrisonburg home, making it easy for you to take a “Culinary Trip Around the World” right here in the Shenandoah Valley. The Alpine Loop Gran Fondo is proud to work with local restaurants to provide participants with high-quality choices and local ingredients. From the fully-catered training rides, the Cycling Capital Celebration and pre-event dinner, to rest station supplies and the Finish Line Festival, even the fabled volunteer after-party; you’ll enjoy the local flavor at the ‘Fondo! Your mouth will water when you read the complete listing and menu samples from the incredible lineup…
This year, Virginia’s Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance was recognized as one of three winners of the GAMSA awards. Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance is one of the beneficiaries of the Alpine Loop Gran Fondo. HDR works closely with the event to make every participant’s visit to Downtown Harrisonburg an outstanding experience. Great Main Streets combine good design, historic preservation, public-private partnerships and business incentives in order to create a very special kind of place—a place where people want to live, work and play. The three winners of the 2014 National Main Street Center’s Great American Main Street Awards (GAMSA) are masters at doing…
The Alpine Loop Gran Fondo Club is the Strava Community for cyclists training for the Alpine Loop Gran Fondo: Alpine Loop and Shenandoah Mountain Adventure routes. It’s the place to encourage, share and motivate for the big day – or just show your friends the crazy riding you’ve done! A select amount of meet-up group rides will also be announced via the Strava Club site. Keep up the great riding!
Mark your calendars! The 2014 Alpine Loop Gran Fondo will take place on Sunday, September 28 in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Registration for the 2014 event will open on January 1, 2014 at Noon. Participants will choose from three routes: the 35-mile Valley View Challenge, the all-paved 76-mile Shenandoah Mountain Adventure, and the 105-mile Alpine Loop featuring incredible mountainous dirt road climbs. A Finish Line Festival will provide a warm welcome for all cyclists returning from their adventure. Rider Sign-In, welcome receptions, and a pre-event dinner will take place on Saturday, September 27. Hosted by professional mountain bike racer Jeremiah Bishop and presented…
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