Today's Date: November 23, 2017

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Experience the Valley

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Returning as classic routes for the 2017 Alpine Loop Gran Fondo, there are two ways to experience the renowned riding of the Shenandoah Valley: The Valley View Challenge and Mt Solon Metric Century! These routes offer an experience for cyclists of all abilities.

The Valley View Challenge is a 36-mile route that showcases the idyllic scenery and country roads that make Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, Virginia famed riding destinations. The route is almost entirely paved; we’ve thrown in a few brief connectors on little dirt roads, over low-water bridges and up country lanes – and they make the experience one to remember! Don’t let the “Valley” fool you; this route offers a great challenge with over 2,600 feet of rolling climbs and a steep jaunt up Mole Hill.

The Mt Solon Metric Century offers 100 kilometers (62.4 miles) of Shenandoah Valley riding, including beautiful country lanes and nearly-secret riverside roads beyond Mt Solon. This route rolls through 3,743 feet of climbing.

The final miles of the Valley View Challenge and the Mt Solon Metric Century wind through the farming communities of Ottobine and Dayton, Virginia where horse-pulled carriages are frequent sights along the country lanes.

Route maps and profiles are available on the Route Page.

Climb Shenandoah Mountain

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For the 2017 Alpine Loop Gran Fondo, there are two ways to experience the challenge of Shenandoah Mountain without having to take on the dirt road climbs of the Alpine Loop: the Shenandoah Mountain Adventure and the Shenandoah Mountain Century.

The Shenandoah Mountain Adventure offers an amazing challenge of 77 miles with over 6,500 feet of climbing on some of the most ideal mountain roads around! Following the same mountain climbs with additional miles, the Shenandoah Mountain Century serves up 100+ miles with 7,800 feet of climbing. Introduced in the 2015, the Shenandoah Mountain Century proved to be an instant favorite, and a course that will be included in the event for years to come.

Both routes include two (optional) timed KOM sections: one on Virginia Route 33 up the eastern side of Shenandoah Mountain and the other on the feisty .5-mile Mole Hill climb about 5 miles before the finish line. Riders love the wide-open winding road leading into West Virginia. Once there, you’ll enjoy a few miles meandering alongside the headwaters of the Potomac River. The routes’ hidden gem: a serpentine climb up the western side of Shenandoah Mountain on the newly-paved Moyers Gap Road; a treat you’ll only get to enjoy if you’re in for the Shenandoah Mountain Adventure or Shenandoah Mountain Century!

Once you rise to the challenge of the final climb, hang on tight for your return to the Valley! Adventure riders will take the direct return to the Finish Line, while Century riders will continue on a scenic loop with rolling riverside miles along the base of the mountain.

The final miles of these routes roll through the countryside and farming communities of Ottobine and Dayton, where horse-pulled carriages are frequent sights along the country lanes.

Register before field limits are reached.

Route maps and profiles are available on the Route Page.

The Challenge of the Alpine Loop

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Mountains Worthy of a Grand Tour, the Grit and Character of a Classic

Jeremiah Bishop’s favorite training route earned its nickname with glorious mountain top meadows, winding climbs and hillside farms reminiscent of the Austrian, German and Swiss settings where he has competed.

Now this magnificent scenery is the backdrop for the most challenging and adventurous Gran Fondo in the United States. The route begins in Harrisonburg, Virginia and covers 107 miles featuring over 11,000 feet of climbing and two dirt road mountain climbs – the toughest Gran Fondo in the States!

If you want to take on the Alpine Loop, you must be aware of the unique challenges presented by the road surfaces and terrain, and follow equipment requirements.

We welcome you to join in the adventure.

Route maps and profiles are available on the Route Page.

LAST CHANCE 2016 Event Merchandise

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By popular request, the sold-out 2016 Alpine Loop Gran Fondo jersey is now available for re-order for a limited time. By completing an order, you are guaranteeing a 2016 event jersey will be produced especially for you. Orders will be accepted until Friday, October 14, at 5 p.m. Full-size Alpine Loop Gran Fondo event posters and pottery items are also available.

If you are looking for another way to commemorate your adventure, be sure to check out the Loopie prints that have been designed especially for each of the five routes of the Alpine Loop Gran Fondo. These prints are of the highest quality and can be framed just for you with a special offer from Harrisonburg’s Frame Factory & Gallery.

The Alpine edition of Ridge Supply’s Skyline Dawn classic sock is only available until October 14th. Get yours before the chance is gone! If you participated in the 2016 Alpine Loop Gran Fondo, be sure to take advantage of the special offer Ridge Supply included in your goody bag.

2016 Jersey Special Opportunity

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By popular request, the sold-out 2016 Alpine Loop Gran Fondo jersey is now available for re-order. By completing a purchase, you are guaranteeing a 2016 event jersey will be produced espeically for you. Orders will be accepted until Friday, October 14, at 5 p.m. From that time, production is estimated at 6 weeks. Costs included shipping.

The 2016 Alpine Loop Gran Fondo poster that was displayed at the Cycling Celebration and Finish Line Festival was very popular among participants. By request, it is being offered in standard poster size prints of 24″ x 36″, which will arrive rolled and ready for framing (not included). Prints will be produced Monday, October 17 and shipped via USPS within two business days. Cost includes shipping.

Alpine Tankards and Alpine Farmhouse Mugs are handmade in the USA and feature the crest of the Alpine Loop Gran Fondo. These pottery items will be shipped within two business days of receipt of your purchase. Costs included shipping.

To purchase custom designed Loopie prints, visit the special Alpine Loop Gran Fondo Loopie page; and you can learn more about custom framing options being offered by The Frame Factory and Gallery.