The Joe Foley Photography team captured thousands of images of the 2013 Alpine Loop Gran Fondo – that will soon be available for you. In the meantime, this gallery features editorial-style highlights from the big ride. All photos copyright (c) Joe Foley Photography 2013.
The crest of Jeremiah Bishop’s Alpine Loop Gran Fondo honors the spirit of adventure and the heritage of the Alpine Loop. The emblem features a silhouette of Shenandoah Mountain, with Spruce Knob and the western Appalachian ranges beyond. The 2013 Alpine Loop Gran Fondo presented by Prostate Cancer Awareness Project event jersey puts these mountains front and center in a clean, contemporary design.
2013 Alpine Loop Gran Fondo jerseys are still available for purchase while supplies last. Jerseys purchased in advance of the event will be waiting for you at Rider Sign-In and Packet Pick-Up at the ‘Fondo.
2013 Jerseys are custom designed for the Alpine Loop Gran Fondo by Cutaway Clothing. Feature three elastic rear pockets, full zip. Club Cut.
Created in response to the request of participants, this road cycling event will help ready riders for the Alpine Loop and Shenandoah Mountain Adventure routes of the 2013 Alpine Loop Gran Fondo.
The training ride will take place July 28, 2013 beginning at 9 a.m. at Haymarket Bicycles in Haymarket, Virginia.
Registration is open until Thursday, July 23 at midnight.
Jeremiah Bishop will lead the ride with assistance from other Harrisonburg-based professional cycling guides. The ride will be fully supported with cycling-specific ride snacks, sports drinks, sag vehicle, a picnic lunch and training Q&A following.
This training ride is a great opportunity for you to get a feel for some steeps climbs and dirt roads similar to those featured in the 2013 Alpine Loop Gran Fondo. It’s timed to provide a great training boost in preparation for the Gran Fondo and your other summer cycling adventures. The location for the ride was chosen for ease-of-access for participants coming from northern and central Virginia and Washington, D.C. and points north – as well as the nature of the route and great training opportunity. In August, we’ll bring the action to Shenandoah Mountain and the Alpine Loop itself for a two-day training camp based out of Harrisonburg, Virginia.
The ride will begin at Haymarket Bicycles in Haymarket, Virginia and make its way on country roads and up some great mountain climbs. Riders will divide into two groups which will be based on participants’ desired ride length; and ultimate training goals.
Route details, including GPS files, will be e-mailed to all participants.
At the ride’s completion, you’ll enjoy lunch, relax, and have the opportunity to discuss training and preparation for the Alpine Loop and Shenandoah Mountain Adventure with Jeremiah and other Harrisonburg-based professional cyclists who know the ins and outs of the Alpine Loop.
Lunch and other foods are included. A variety of fresh fruits, veggies, chips, hummus, desserts and drinks will be offered; and we’ll have ice-cold New Belgium Brewing beers waiting for you at the ride’s end. Participants select entrée from menu on registration page.
The Alpine Loop Gran Fondo organizers are proud to announce their partnership with US Foods in support of the 2013 event.
As one of America’s leading foodservice distributors to restaurants, healthcare and hospitality facilities, government operations and educational institutions, US Foods chooses to make a positive difference in communities across America through donations and employee volunteerism; support of the Alpine Loop Gran Fondo is a natural extension of the company’s culture and heritage.
Through their partnership with the Alpine Loop Gran Fondo, US Foods have fostered lasting connections between the cycling event and local restaurants – including Clementine Cafe and Hank’s Smokehouse – that will serve and supply the Gran Fondo and Cycling Capital Celebration.
Alpine Loop Gran Fondo event director Erin Bishop says, “The partnership with US Foods is beneficial to the organization and planning of our events, but also to the quality of our participants’ experience at the ‘Fondo and Cycling Capital Celebration. The high-quality meats, produce and other ingredients will be enjoyed by our guests and participants at both events.”
“We’re excited to work with US Foods to streamline our supply process, but also for the connections we’ve made with some of the restaurants they serve locally,” says Bishop. “US Foods shares our commitment to the environment, and takes steps to reduce their carbon footprint offer sustainable products – and those are priorities that our participants also value.”
Wondering what to expect from the Alpine Loop and how to ready your road bike for the challenge?
The route is 105 miles, with smooth climbs and serpentine descents, but you’ve probably heard about the 11 miles of mountainous dirt roads that add to the adventure and allure of the Alpine Loop.
You’re also invited to join the Alpine Loop Tire Discussion hosted at RoadBikeReview.com