Group Training Expedition: Sunday, August 21, 2016
You are invited join in a group training ride designed to help ready riders for the Alpine Loop, Shenandoah Mountain Century and Shenandoah Mountain Adventure routes of the 2016 Alpine Loop Gran Fondo.
At the training event, participants who are ramping up for the Alpine Loop should be prepared to tackle a 71-mile ride with 7,000+ feet of climing, including unpaved roads. Equipment should be suitable for the conditions.
Riders training for the Shenandoah Mountain Century and Shenandoah Mountain Adventure can expect a 61-mile ride with 6,000 feet of climbing on entirely paved roads.
During the ride, you’ll have access to full support from SAG vehicles and enjoy the guidance and expertise of local cycling pro’s and seasoned Alpine guides.
At the ride’s completion, enjoy a meal, relax, recover and enjoy discussing training tips and preparation with Jeremiah and other professional cyclists.
This training ride is a great opportunity to get a glimpse of some steep climbs and dirt roads of the 2016 Alpine Loop Gran Fondo. It’s timed to provide a great training boost in preparation for the Gran Fondo. If you can’t participate in the ‘Fondo, this ride is a great adventure in and of itself!
Registration will be active through Wednesday, August 17 or until the event reaches capacity.
You probably track your miles, heart rate, watts and more; and now you can track your annual PSA levels, with a FREE ProstateTracker account thanks to the Prostate Cancer Awareness Project partnership with Jeremiah Bishop’s Alpine Loop Gran Fondo.
The team from Performance Bicycle HQ regularly takes part in the Alpine Loop Gran Fondo. This year, in advance of the event they sat down with Jeremiah to get the inside scoop; what to ride, how to train and what to expect?
“When it comes to a big goal event to aim for during the year, you can’t do much better than a gran fondo. A term imported from Europe, gran fondos are big organized rides in scenic locations, that feature a few timed sections, usually climbs, thrown in to keep things interesting. Luckily for us, one of the toughest, and most beautiful, gran fondos in the US is just a few hours north from our home office, up in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The Alpine Loop Gran Fondo was founded by multiple-time mountain bike champion Jeremiah Bishop to raise money for a great cause and highlight some of his favorite training roads in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley and Blue Ridge Mountains. We’ve ridden this challenging route before – it’s definitely a ride you won’t soon forget! So before the big ride, on September 20, 2015, we thought that we’d check in with Jeremiah and see what’s up with his year, and what changes are in store for the Alpine Loop Gran Fondo.”
Jeremiah Bishop’s Alpine Loop Gran Fondo named among Men’s Journal “10 Best Gran Fondos in America.”
“You don’t need to speak Italian to know that Gran Fondo stands for badass bike ride. The actual translation is debatable – some say it means “big ride” and others “great endurance” – but the one we like is “great foundation.” That’s exactly what you’ll need to take on one of these mass-start event that have been a cycling culture staple since Italians first introduced them more than 100 years ago.”
The 2016 Alpine Loop Gran Fondo will take place on Sunday, September 25, 2016.
Registration for the 2016 event is now open. Registration will remain open until Friday, September 26, 2014 – or until field limits have been reached. (In previous years, the 107-mile route has reached capacity in advance of the event.)
Participants are encouraged to take advantage of early registration discounts through March 31.
Pre-event dinner tickets will be offered through August – or until event reaches capacity in advance.
We look forward to sharing the adventure and celebration with you in September 2016!