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

2018 Alpine Loop Route Announcement

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The Alpine Loop – Going Back to its Roots In 2018, the Alpine Loop Gran Fondo will see its namesake route, the Alpine Loop, return to it’s original path up and over Shenandoah Mountain on Reddish Knob Road from Sugar Grove, West Virginia. The course adjustment will remove Forest Road 85, otherwise known as the Dark Side Climb, from the route after five years of use. Organizers cite degrading conditions on the Forest Road and a desire to respond to participant feedback as the primary motivator for the change. Anticipating higher interest in the changed route, the field limit of…

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Experience the Valley

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Returning as classic routes for the 2018 Alpine Loop Gran Fondo, there are two ways to experience the renowned riding of the central 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…

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Climb Shenandoah Mountain

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For the 2018 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…

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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 dirt road mountain climbs – the toughest Gran Fondo in the States! If you want to take on the Alpine Loop, you…

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2017 Supporters List

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Registrants for the 2017 Alpine Loop Gran Fondo are passionate in their support for the charitable mission of the event. The 2017 Supporter’s List is updated to include the following participants who have made additional contributions as individuals. Thanks to the following: Champions of the Gran Fondo Michael Bell Jameson Cahill Jorg Decressin Andrew Huggins GMike Rodgers Michael L. Smith Gran Fondo Supporters Craig Beaumont Steve Boward Eddie Bumbaugh Ed Edmundson Adrian Halme Christopher Peak Grant Parker Garrie Rouse Michael L. Smith Michael Zymowski Friends of the Gran Fondo Paul Allen Steve Cook Andrew Cowan Wade Craig Joseph Creed Joseph…

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