Today's Date: July 21, 2017

Latest Posts From the 'Fondo:

2017 Cycling Celebration Dinner -

Thursday, May 18, 2017

2017 Training Ride on Course -

Thursday, May 18, 2017

2017 Jersey Design -

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Registration Opens Feb. 1 at 10 a.m. -

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

2017 Host Hotel -

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Harrisonburg Wins 2014 Great American Main Street Award

(c) Joe Foley Photography

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 just that.

(c) Joe Foley Photography

Cyclists in the Alpine Loop Gran Fondo parade down Main Street in Downtown Harrisonburg. (c) Joe Foley Photography

A 2014 Great American Main Street Award winner, Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance (HDR) has led a remarkable transformation of Harrisonburg, Virginia, using the Main Street Approach to reinvigorate its historic downtown. Thanks to HDR’s efforts over the past 10 years, Harrisonburg has become a cultural destination renowned for its farm-to-table cuisine and beautifully preserved buildings dating to the city’s past as an agricultural powerhouse and county seat. Former commercial buildings have been converted into housing for young professionals, while new tax incentives are luring tech startups downtown and creating jobs.

Since HDR was formed in 2004, nearly 800 new jobs have been created, tax revenues have increased $2 million and real estate value has risen to more than half a billion dollars. Much of the economic growth can be credited to partnerships between the city and HDR’s economic development committee, which formed several programs to attract new businesses. In addition, the Downtown Technology Zone provides tax incentives for qualifying businesses to locate downtown.

Getting listed in the National Register of Historic Places—and becoming eligible for historic tax credits—was another key step toward revitalizing downtown. Following that designation, local developers have used tax credits to transform historic buildings into modern, mixed-use developments that have boosted retail and added downtown housing. Now, downtown Harrisonburg is a destination that draws visitors from all over the region and beyond. Learn more.

Get Ready to Roll!

Gran Fondo Start Line Jeremiah Bishop Smile

On September 28, 2014, when the start-gun sounds, we’re all in it together. At this ‘Fondo, everyone lines up – in no particular order – and sets out on the parade-style start through Downtown Harrisonburg, Virginia.

That said, there are a few ways to get up front for the fun. Cancer survivors come first. This special group of riders celebrates the adventure like no one else can and we want them to have a front row seat. Next to be called – by name – to the start line are the ‘Fondo Champions and Teams. We welcome anyone to ride (and give) in extra support of the event’s charitable mission, and are excited to recognize the efforts of those who do. Last, we like to call up some of the professional cyclists in the field – but don’t expect them to stay at the front for long; these riders make their way through the peloton and enjoy the camaraderie of the ‘Fondo along the way.

We look forward to setting out on this great adventure with you!

Spectator Meals at Finish Line Festival

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Meal tickets for spectators are now available online and in advance only!

After cyclists cross the ‘Fondo Finish Line, they get to enjoy a meal provided by Hank’s Smokehouse and Clementine Cafe. The meal is included with their registration.

To make sure spectators, friends and family can get in on this good eatin’, be sure to purchase additional meal tickets – available in advance only. Mmm…

Southwestern Chicken, Coconut and Lime Cilantro Rice, Roasted Root Vegetables;
Pit-Cooked Pork Barbecue Sandwiches, Cole Slaw, Colorado Baked Beans;
All-American Macaroni and Cheese;
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, Pita Chips and Tortilla Chips;
Orzo Pea Salad, Mixed Fresh Fruit;
Assorted Desserts and Cookies
Beverages will include OSMO, Chocolate Milk, Iced Tea, Lemonade

Additional meals – for friends, family and other festival goers – can be purchased in advance only.

The New Belgium Brewing Beer Garden and Lucas Roasting Company mobile coffee shop will accept cash on site. Bring valid photo ID.

Follow these links for more information about the Finish Line Festival, Spectating and Planning Your Visit.

2014 Date Announced

Climbing Shenandoah Mountain (c) Joe Foley Photography

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.

(c) Joe Foley Photography

Jeremiah Bishop takes riders on some of his favorite mountain climbs (c) Joe Foley Photography

Hosted by professional mountain bike racer Jeremiah Bishop and presented by The Prostate Cancer Awareness Project, the Alpine Loop Gran Fondo is an event to welcome cyclists and spectators to Virginia’s Cycling Capital for an exciting weekend of special events, challenging rides, charity fundraising and festivities for the entire family.

This Website will continue to be updated with event registration coupons, details, news, training camp information, and other announcements.

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Enjoy a glimpse of the journey:

See you in September!

Jerseys Available to Order

2013 Alpine Loop Gran Fondo Jersey

The Alpine Loop Gran Fondo Registration Page has been updated with all remaining in-stock merchandise, including the 2013 Alpine Loop Gran Fondo Jersey by Cutaway Clothing. Shipping is included in all costs for 2013 Jerseys.


Cutaway Clothing design 2013 Alpine Loop Gran Fondo Jersey

Cutaway Clothing Design 2013 Alpine Loop Gran Fondo Jersey