Alpine Loop Time Cuts
The Alpine Loop Gran Fondo is a special cycling event that celebrates taking on a great challenge in support of worthy charitable causes. The routes feature a variety of terrain, scenery, surface conditions and mileage; and together provide an opportunity for cyclists of all abilities.
Community is at the heart of the event, and the cycling participants especially embrace the feelings camaraderie – on the course and in enjoying the Finish Line Festival celebration afterward. It’s important that all cycling participants have a great experience on the courses, and arrive at the Finish Line Festival with time to share in the celebration.
The Finish Line Festival will stop serving meals at 7 p.m. and the Brothers Craft Brewing Beer Garden will close at 6:30 p.m.
All riders are encouraged to choose their route according to their ability levels.
To ensure the safety of cycling participants, volunteers and members of the community along the Alpine Loop route, it is necessary to make sure all riders are able to complete the route within a reasonable time frame; which includes the concern of having adequate daylight.
In 2016, to incentivize riders who are able to complete the Alpine Loop in less than 10 hours, a selection of Swiss bells will serve as a finisher token. Those riders who are unable to complete the entire Alpine Loop course or finish after 10 hours (6 p.m.) will receive a 2016 Finisher Medallion.
There will be two Time Check stations on the Alpine Loop:
The first Time Check will be at mile 32. Riders who arrive at mile 32 after 11:15 a.m. will be detoured onto the Shenandoah Mountain Adventure course. Riders who arrive at mile 32 from 10:57-11:15 a.m. will be warned that they are riding behind the 10-hour pace but allowed to continue.
The second Time Check will be at mile 53. Riders who arrive at mile 53 after 1:26 p.m. will be detoured onto the Shenandoah Mountain Adventure course. Riders who arrive at mile 53 from 12:56-1:26 p.m. will be warned that they are riding behind the 10-hour pace and strongly encouraged to detour.
Riders who average 11 mph (including time spent at Rest Stations) are anticipated to arrive at the Finish Line at 5:52 p.m.
There will be one Time Check on the Shenandoah Mountain Century route:
Riders who are unable to arrive at mile 60 within 7 hours (by 3 p.m.) will continue to the Finish Line on the course, omitting the 25-mile “Century Loop.”
IF YOU ANTICIPATE RIDING 11 MPH or SLOWER, WEAR REFLECTIVE CLOTHING;
YOUR BICYCLE SHOULD BE EQUIPPED WITH REAR FLASHING LIGHT.
More than anything, the organizers of the Alpine Loop Gran Fondo want all participants to experience a SAFE and enjoyable adventure. We appreciate your important part in making that possible.