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

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.

Vote Harrisonburg for $25,000!

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Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance is in the running for the 2016 America’s Main Street Contest and the $25,000 cash prize that comes with it!

If you’re a friend of the ‘Fondo, you know how important Harrisonburg, Virginia’s Main Street and Downtown are to the spirit of the event. You can lend your support simply by clicking the link below to cast your vote. It’s that easy!

Vote for Harrisonburg

The goal of the America’s Main Streets contest is to help promote the importance and strong economic benefits of these Main Streets and the small businesses that help them thrive. The winning Main Street will receive $25,000 in cash and related prizes to help revitalize that Main Street.

Our walkable, bikeable community offers much to explore, from nearly 4o restaurants in Virginia’s first culinary district to museums to local history. Our quality of life is highly sought after – downtown Harrisonburg is a livable, vibrant community where people are passionate about the Shenandoah Valley and creating a place that we love together. Downtown is where you can start your business, walk to work, meet your neighbors, raise your family, enjoy the mountains, get involved, and shop local.

For more information or to plan your visit to Harrisonburg, Virginia, click here.

2016 Host Hotel and Discounts

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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. Many of these special rates expire 30 days in advance of the event. Book early!

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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.

 

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Holiday Inn Express- Harrisonburg
One King or Two Queens: No special rates are currently being offered.
Reservations may be placed by calling 540-433-9999. 

 

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Residence Inn by Marriott – Harrisonburg
Studio King Suites: $139/night; including the nights of 9/23 – 9/25
Special rate available when booking by 8/23/16.
Reservations are available by calling (540) 437-7426.
Request “Alpine Loop Gran Fondo” group rate.

 

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Quality Inn – Harrisonburg
15% Off regular rates for nights including 9/23/16 – 9/26/16
Rate available for reservations made by August 23rd
One King or Two Doubles: $109.65 + tax / night
Reservations are available by calling (540) 442-1515.
Request “Alpine Loop 2016” group rate.