Today's Date: June 29, 2016

Latest Posts From the 'Fondo:

2016 Event Jersey Unveiled -

Thursday, May 5, 2016

NEW 2016 “King of the Hill” Contest -

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Bella Luna to Host ‘Fondo Dinner Celebration -

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Vote Harrisonburg for $25,000! -

Friday, March 18, 2016

2016 Host Hotel and Discounts -

Monday, February 8, 2016

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    Experience the Valley

    Returning as classic routes for the 2016 Alpine Loop Gran Fondo, there are two ways to experience the renowned riding of the Shenandoah Valley: The Valley View Challenge and Mt Solon Metric Century! These routes offer an experience for cyclists of all abilities. The Valley View Challenge is a 36-mile route that 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…

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    Climb Shenandoah Mountain

    For the 2016 Alpine Loop Gran Fondo, there are two ways to experience the challenge of Shenandoah Mountain without having to take on the dirt road climbs of the Alpine Loop: the Shenandoah Mountain Adventure and the Shenandoah Mountain Century. The Shenandoah Mountain Adventure offers an amazing challenge of 77 miles with over 6,500 feet of climbing on some of the most ideal mountain roads around! Following the same mountain climbs with additional miles, the Shenandoah Mountain Century serves up 100+ miles with 7,800 feet of climbing. Introduced in the 2015, the Shenandoah Mountain Century proved to be an instant…

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    The Challenge of the Alpine Loop

    Mountains Worthy of a Grand Tour, the Grit and Character of a Classic 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 107 miles featuring over 11,000 feet of climbing and two dirt road mountain climbs – the toughest Gran Fondo in the States! If you want to take on the Alpine…

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    2016 Training Ride on Course

    Group Training Expedition: Sunday, August 21, 2016 You are invited join in a group training ride designed to help ready riders for the Alpine Loop, Shenandoah Mountain Century and Shenandoah Mountain Adventure routes of the 2016 Alpine Loop Gran Fondo. At the training event, participants who are ramping up for the Alpine Loop should be prepared to tackle a 71-mile ride with 7,000+ feet of climing, including unpaved roads. Equipment should be suitable for the conditions. Riders training for the Shenandoah Mountain Century and Shenandoah Mountain Adventure can expect a 61-mile ride with 6,000 feet of climbing on entirely paved…

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    Free Prostate Tracker for ‘Fondo Friends

    You probably track your miles, heart rate, watts and more; and now you can track your annual PSA levels, with a FREE ProstateTracker account thanks to the Prostate Cancer Awareness Project partnership with Jeremiah Bishop’s Alpine Loop Gran Fondo. Click here to visit ProstateTracker.org to learn more and create your free ProstateTracker account.

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The Journey of the Alpine Loop Gran Fondo

2014

Majestic scenery along wild mountain roads sets the scene in the Adventure Seen video of the 2014 Alpine Loop Gran Fondo presented by The Prostate Cancer Awareness Project. This incredible film will give you a glimpse of the inspiring journeys taken by cyclists who join Jeremiah Bishop in riding the Alpine Loop Gran Fondo. The 2015 Alpine Loop Gran Fondo will take place Sunday, September 20, Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Adventure Seen Video

2013

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.

Get Inspired by the Alpine Loop Gran Fondo

2013

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.

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2016 Host Hotel and Discounts

Reserve your 2016 Harrisonburg-area lodging as soon as possible! The Alpine Loop Gran Fondo will take place Sunday, September 25, 2016. All lodging rates listed below are offered to Alpine Loop Gran Fondo participants first come, first served until hotels are booked. Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott – The Host Hotel of the Alpine Loop Gran Fondo The Fairfield is offering discounts for Gran Fondo participants within the dates of September 22-26, 2016. Reservations must be made by September 1, 2016. One King or Two Queens: $109/night King Suite: $119/night Reservations are available by calling 540-433-9333 or booking directly.   Holiday Inn…

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Join the Alpine Loop Gran Fondo Strava Cycling Club

The Alpine Loop Gran Fondo Club is the Strava Community for cyclists training for the Alpine Loop Gran Fondo: Alpine Loop Shenandoah Mountain Century 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 style group rides will also be announced via the Strava Club site. Keep up the great riding!

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Performance Bicycle Blog: Questions with JB Before the Alpine Loop Gran Fondo

The team from Performance Bicycle HQ regularly takes part in the Alpine Loop Gran Fondo. This year, in advance of the event they sat down with Jeremiah to get the inside scoop; what to ride, how to train and what to expect? “When it comes to a big goal event to aim for during the year, you can’t do much better than a gran fondo. A term imported from Europe, gran fondos are big organized rides in scenic locations, that feature a few timed sections, usually climbs, thrown in to keep things interesting. Luckily for us, one of the toughest,…

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Men’s Journal “Best Gran Fondos in America”

Jeremiah Bishop’s Alpine Loop Gran Fondo named among Men’s Journal “10 Best Gran Fondos in America.” “You don’t need to speak Italian to know that Gran Fondo stands for badass bike ride. The actual translation is debatable – some say it means “big ride” and others “great endurance” – but the one we like is “great foundation.” That’s exactly what you’ll need to take on one of these mass-start event that have been a cycling culture staple since Italians first introduced them more than 100 years ago.” Read more at Men’s Journal.