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Thursday, May 18, 2017

2017 Training Ride on Course -

Thursday, May 18, 2017

2017 Jersey Design -

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

2017 Host Hotel -

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Welcome Back, Porsche of Charlottesville

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We are happy to give a warm “welcome back” to Flow Automotive and Porsche of Charlottesville as returning members of the ‘Fondo family. You can expect many exciting opportunities at the 2015 Gran Fondo – thanks to Flow Automotive and Porsche of Charlottesville!

General Manager Porsche of Charlottesville, values the partnership. “Occasionally in the automotive industry, an opportunity arises to create a partnership in which all members share the same values, energy and excitement,” he says. “Porsche of Charlottesville and Flow Automotive are thrilled to have such a partnership opportunity and have committed to sponsoring Jeremiah Bishop’s Alpine Loop Gran Fondo.”

“We look forward to supporting this premier cycling event,” he says. “It is our hope that in addition to providing support, we will meet both cyclists and volunteers, encourage participation, and showcase some of our Porsche luxury automobiles while helping enhance both the event and fundraising.”

Porsche of Charlottesville will have an amazing presence at the 2015 Alpine Loop Gran Fondo and Cycling Capital Celebration, about which he says, “we look forward to meeting and celebrating with you all!”

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Brothers Craft Brewing Joins 2015 Alpine Loop Gran Fondo

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Harrisonburg, Virginia-based craft brewery Brothers Craft Brewing is teaming up with the 2015 Alpine Loop Gran Fondo cycling event for an exciting partnership with a charitable mission.

On September 20, 2015, the cycling event will feature the Brothers Craft Brewing Beer Garden to benefit the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition. The BCB Beer Garden will include a portable replica of the iconic Brothers Craft Brewing taproom.

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After completing 36, 62, 78, 100 or 108-mile bicycle rides, participants can enjoy a selection of the brewery’s craft beers including the expertly crafted BCB favorites The Great Outdoors; a crisp and refreshing Virginia Pale Ale, and Hoptimization; a big American IPA with “citrusy aroma and serious bite.” The BCB Beer Garden will offer a selection of other seasonal and specialty brews, perfectly timed for the start of Oktoberfest!

Brothers Craft Brewing (originally Three Brothers Brewing) was founded by the three Shifflett siblings, who “used their collective experience to execute a singular vision: brew exciting, unique craft beers that emphasize and support their community.”

This community connection is at the heart of the partnership with the Alpine Loop Gran Fondo. Every BCB beer sold at the event will directly support the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition in the group’s efforts to create and promote a center of safe, sustainable and enjoyable cycling in Harrisonburg and the surrounding Shenandoah Valley.

Brothers Craft Brewing beers will be featured throughout the season at the Alpine Loop Gran Fondo, training rides, volunteer thank-you party and a special “Cask for a Cause” event to benefit the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition.

Next time you’re in Harrisonburg, visit the brewery and taproom. Be sure to tell ’em Jeremiah sent you!

We look forward to sharing a cycling adventure and raising a glass with you.

Cheers!

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For more information about the Brothers Craft Brewing Beer Garden at the Alpine Loop Gran Fondo, see “The Finish Line Festival” guide.

 

2015 Event Jersey

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2015 Jerseys are in Production!

The 2015 Jerseys are 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. Club Cut. See size chart.

2015 Jerseys are available for purchase with event registration or as a unique transaction on BikeReg.com.

Now available 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 registration.

 

Additional Routes for 2015 ‘Fondo

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For 2015, the Alpine Loop Gran Fondo is introducing two new routes. Now there are five ways to enjoy the ‘Fondo on September 20, 2015:

Valley View Challenge – 36 miles, 2200 ft elevation
Mt Solon Metric Century – 100 kilometers (62 miles), 3700 ft elevation
Shenandoah Mountain Adventure – 78 miles, 6400 ft elevation
Shenandoah Mountain Century – 100(+) miles, 7800 ft elevation
Alpine Loop – 108 miles, 11000 ft elevation

There are now 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. Both routes include one (optional) timed KOM section on Virginia Route 33 up the eastern side of Shenandoah Mountain. 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.

For cyclists who prefer an all-Valley experience, there are now two ways to enjoy 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. Introduced for the 2015 event, 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.

If the challenge and allure of the Alpine Loop is what is drawing you to the event, you are in for another kind of adventure. At 108 miles and featuring over 11,000 feet of climbing and two dirt road mountain climbs – the route is one of the toughest at a Gran Fondo in the ‘States! The scenery is magnificent and the challenge is daunting. The route earned its nickname with glorious mountain top meadows, winding climbs and hillside farms reminiscent of the Austrian, German and Swiss settings where Jeremiah Bishop has competed. 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.

At the 2015 Alpine Loop Gran Fondo, there’s truly a route for everyone.

Join the adventure!

 

Registration is OPEN

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The Alpine Loop Gran Fondo is Sunday, September 20, 2015. Registration is LIVE on BikeReg.com.

Registration will continue at summer pricing through August 1. (The Alpine Loop route field limit will be reached in advance of the event.)

NEW for 2015: included in registration, all participants will receive a premium super-soft event t-shirt and one drink ticket to redeem in the Finish Line Festival beer garden.

For those who want to take advantage of additional savings, payments by check can be mailed to avoid service fees online. Payments by check can be made payable to: Bishop Racing LLC and mailed to P.O. Box 868 Harrisonburg, VA 22803. Register online, and enter the coupon code MAIL2015. Total the current entry fee plus the cost of any merchandise ordered. Payment must be received within 10 days of online registration. Please include your registration confirmation # in the memo section of your check. Registrations whose payments are not received within 10 days will be removed – if registrant re-registers current entry fees will apply.

For more information, visit www.AlpineLoopGranFondo.com.