Today's Date: March 23, 2017

Latest Posts From the 'Fondo:

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

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

2017 Host Hotel -

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

2017 Alpine Loop Gran Fondo Announced -

Monday, January 16, 2017

Experience the Valley -

Monday, January 2, 2017

Climb Shenandoah Mountain -

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Loopie Partners with 2016 Alpine Loop Gran Fondo

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Commemorate Your Cycling Achievement with Personalized Printed Artwork

Cyclists can celebrate their completion of 2016 The Alpine Loop Gran Fondo with a personalized Loopie print – a beautiful and lasting reminder of a great day on the bike.

A Loopie is an accurate but artistic representation of your ride, including mapping, elevation, distance and speed. Combining the aesthetics of fine art with elegant data visualization, the result is a personal and permanent reminder of an epic ride.

Loopie uses GPS data to create beautiful and personalized printed artwork. Each print is an accurate but artistic visualization of the Alpine Loop Gran Fondo cycling route of choice, with data that is unique to each cyclist.

 

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Loopies highlight the major climbs and locations along the routes of the Gran Fondo, including the Prostate Cancer Awareness Project KOM summits: featuring KOM times (personalized with “QOM” stamps for female participants). A personalized data set with individuals’ key ride information creates the ultimate reminder of a great day in the saddle.

Each Alpine Loop Gran Fondo Loopie is personalized with the cyclist’s name, finishing time, average speed and KOM/QOM times.

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Light and dark versions of the print are available for each of the event’s five routes: Alpine Loop, Shenandoah Mountain Century, Shenandoah Mountain Adventure, Mt Solon Metric Century and Valley View Challenge.

  • Sizes available: A3 (420mm x 297mm) and A2 (594mm x 420mm)
  • An additional 25mm is added to the border for framing and mounting purposes
  • Loopies are printed on thick, 320gsm fine art paper
  • Loopies come unframed and rolled in a protective art tube
  • Prints can take up to three weeks to receive from ordering
  • Prices start at $98 USD (75£)

For more information, to see samples and place your custom order, visit www.LoopieRoute.com/alpineloop

BICYCLING Magazine: Alpine Loop #1 Road Climb with a View

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In its Ride Destinations column, BICYCLING Magazine has curated their selection of  “mountain passes that promise jaw-dropping vistas along with major bragging rights” in its feature Top Road Climbs with a View; naming the Alpine Loop #1 on the list.

Nicknamed by professional mountain bike racer Jeremiah Bishop, the Alpine Loop is among his favorite training rides and the namesake for the annual event the Alpine Loop Gran Fondo presented by the Prostate Cancer Awareness Project.

As BICYCLING tells it, “This 104-mile loop starting in Harrisonburg delivers a quad-burning 11,000 feet of Blue Ridge Mountain climbing, complete with two dirt road sections (including a 10-mile haul to Reddish Knob—the highest point in northern Virginia). The terraced farms dotting the landscape are so like Europe’s you’ll expect a plate of gooey raclette at the end.­”

The 2016 Alpine Loop Gran Fondo takes place September 25. Registration is open until event reaches capacity.

2016 Event Jersey Unveiled

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2016 Jerseys are in Production!

The 2016 event jerseys have been custom designed for the Alpine Loop Gran Fondo by Cutaway Clothing. Jersey front and back feature a bold graphic design inspired by the mountains of the ‘Fondo.

Jerseys features 3 elastic rear pockets, mesh side panels, full zip; available in men’s and women’s Club Cut. See size chart.

2016 Jerseys are available for purchase with event registration or as a unique transaction on BikeReg.com. Jersey inventory is updated in real-time on event registration at BikeReg.com. Jerseys are available for purchase while supplies last and are guaranteed to be ready for pickup at event sign-in.

NEW 2016 “King of the Hill” Contest

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New for 2016 – Participants in the 36-mile Valley View Challenge and 62-mile Mt Solon Metric Century routes of the Alpine Loop Gran Fondo can attempt to clock their fastest time up Mole Hill and earn the distinction of King and Queen of the Hill. A new timed segment for 2016, the Mole Hill challenge will include .6 miles and 145 feet of climbing with sustained grades over 8 percent.

An enduring feature of the Alpine Loop Gran Fondo and located just a few miles before the finish line, Mole Hill tempts riders with a short but steep climb in the middle of the otherwise rolling Shenandoah Valley terrain. The solitary hill is actually the eroded remnant of a volcano – one of the east coast’s earliest – formerly active approximately 47 million years ago.

King and Queen of the Hill distinctions will be recognized at the Finish Line Festival for each route’s overall male and female finishers. Prizes to be announced.

The Mole Hill timing segment will also be incorporated into the Prostate Cancer Awareness Project King of the Mountains competition, adding a second and third timed segment to the contest for riders in the Shenandoah Mountain and Alpine Loop routes, respectively.

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Bella Luna to Host ‘Fondo Dinner Celebration

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The 2016 Cycling Capital Celebration and pre-event dinner for the Alpine Loop Gran Fondo presented by The Prostate Cancer Awareness Project will take place at Bella Luna Wood Fired Pizza, Saturday, September 24, 6-8 p.m.

Located in the historic Livery Building in downtown Harrisonburg’s Culinary District, Bella Luna offers authentic, handcrafted wood-fired pizzas, hand-made pastas, fresh seasonal salads, and desserts.

The dinner event is an annual attraction for cyclists who will participate in the Alpine Loop Gran Fondo, as well as members of the local community, cyclists and cycling advocates. It is also a coming-together for friends of the The Prostate Cancer Awareness Project.

Bella Luna’s seasonal menu features produce, meats and cheeses from local farms in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia. Their pizzas, pastas and breads are made using organic flours.

The menu for the event includes:
Seasonal Salads
Hearth Breads
Selection of Wood-Fired Pizzas
Chef Colin’s Seasonal Lasagna with Handmade Noodles
Seasonal Veggies / Fruits
Gelato and Sorbet in Flavors Especially Made for the ‘Fondo
Special Selection of Brothers Craft Brewing Beers
House Wines and Other Beverages

Tickets are available online through September 1. The cost to attend is $40 per person. The event will sell out in advance.