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

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.

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.