Today's Date: February 20, 2018

Latest Posts From the 'Fondo:

2018 Alpine Loop Route Announcement -

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

2018 Host Hotel -

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Registration Opens Feb. 1 -

Friday, January 26, 2018

Experience the Valley -

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Climb Shenandoah Mountain -

Monday, January 1, 2018

Training Ride – July 28

alpine climbing training ride

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.

Riders enjoying a scenic spot on the Alpine Loop during a training event in 2012.

Riders enjoying a scenic spot on the Alpine Loop during a training event in 2012.


US Foods Lends Support to Alpine Loop Gran Fondo


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.”

To learn more about US Foods, visit their website or connect on Facebook.

Pavé to Dirt, Ready for the Roads

The challenge is a reward in itself - but wait until you see the views!

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.

Get ready to roll over a variety of surfaces on the Alpine Loop

Get ready to roll over a variety of surfaces on the Alpine Loop

Check out the newest Page “Dirt, Tires and Gears” with a description of the varied road surfaces you’ll encounter along the route and equipment recommendations for your adventure.

You’re also invited to join the Alpine Loop Tire Discussion hosted at

Get Inspired by 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.

Training Rides: Save the Dates

Get Ready to Climb Training Ride Photo
Mark your calendar for these opportunities to join other riders to train for the Alpine Loop and Shenandoah Mountain Adventure.
  • Sunday, July 28
    Front Royal, VA
  • Weekend of August 24-25
    Harrisonburg, VA
    (This event will have an afternoon spin, equipment check and optional dinner, followed the next day by a big training ride on course and Q&A session.)

These fully-supported rides will help you ready for the challenge of the Alpine Loop Gran Fondo. Both events will be lead by Jeremiah, with assistance from other professional cyclists. Expect a taste of some steep climbs and dirt roads (if you’re training for the Alpine Loop). Entry includes ride snacks, drinks, SAG vehicles, meal, and Q&A discussion.

Full details for each event will be posted by June 21.