This event operates under special use permit from the United States Forest Service, North River Ranger District
The Alpine Loop
“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 107 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 requirements, 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.
Shenandoah Mountain Century
Set out for a fully-paved, 100+ mile challenge on the Shenandoah Mountain Century. Don’t be fooled by the name – this ride is more than the miles! You’ll take on two significant climbs over Shenandoah Mountain.
Mt Solon Metric Century
NEW for the 2015 Alpine Loop Gran Fondo! The Mt Solon Metric Century features 62.5 miles of scenic Shenandoah Valley riding, including the beautiful backroads and nearly-secret riverside roads beyond Mt Solon. The total of 3,743 feet of climbing are spread out over the rolling Valley roads
Valley View Challenge
The Valley View Challenge is a proven winner of a route! Riders have told us they are impressed with the challenge we’ve served up over the shorter distance; the climb on Mole Hill makes for a great adventure!