The Alpine Loop – The Premiere Route for Jeremiah Bishop’s Gran Fondo
“One wicked route!” – Jeremiah Bishop
Winding Climbs, Magnificent Scenery, Thrilling Descents:
The Most Challenging and Adventurous Gran Fondo in the United States!
The route begins in Harrisonburg, Virginia and covers approximately 105 miles, featuring over 11,000 feet of climbing.
While the Alpine Loop is a challenge, it’s an adventure suitable for VERY fit cycling enthusiasts. You don’t need to be a racer to tackle these mountains! In fact, well prepared riders who set a brisk steady pace and take full advantage of the rest station amenities are sure to reach the Finish Line Festival with smiles! The Alpine Loop features two dirt/gravel climbs. For preparation and equipment tips, check out the information page.
TIME CUTS: Riders who are unable to average 10 mph by miles 32 (at 11:15 p.m.) and 55 (at 1:30 p.m) will be required to detour onto the Shenandoah Mountain Medio route. (To give you a better idea of what that means: at a pace of 11 mph, riders who just sneak past the time cuts will complete the Alpine Loop route by 6:20 p.m. Riders who are detoured at mile-32 who continue to average 11 mph will complete the Medio course around 4 p.m. Alpine Loop riders detoured at mile-55 who continue to average 11 mph will complete the modified route around 5:15 p.m. Each of these scenarios is much preferred to riders struggling in well past 6:30 p.m. If you are detoured, we appreciate your cooperation with event volunteers to ensure your safety and that the event will operate in accordance with permits and agreements with local and state agencies.)
Shenandoah Mountain Adventure
The Shenandoah Mountain Adventure is a great challenge on all-paved roads! Riders compete in the KOM on the Shenandoah Mountain climb on Virginia Route 33; and are treated to the newly paved surface snaking up Moyer’s Gap Road on the western side of Shenandoah Mountain.
Valley View Challenge
The Valley View Challenge has proved popular. Riders have told us they are impressed with the relative challenge for a shorter distance; the climb on Mole Hill makes for a great adventure!