Boone Gran Fondo is a Gran Fondo National Series event, a producer of some of the best US cycling events. In mid-summer, the High Country of North Carolina enjoys 80-degree temperatures while the surrounding East Coast temperatures hover in the high 90s. Early August is a prime time to be in Boone! Picked as one of the best road cycling events in the Southeast, the rural roller-coaster roads around Boone are fun and quite challenging. The climbs aren’t very long, but there’s not much time for recovery on the descents, either. This is a great course for all-around riders.
As is customary in GFNS events, there are three events to choose from: Gran, 98 miles and +8400 ft elevation gain; Medio, 54 miles and +5200 ft elevation gain; Piccolo, 25 miles and +2200 feet of elevation gain. You can ride confidently on a well-marked and marshaled course supported by law enforcement, safety motos, mechanics, and sag vehicles. Well-stocked feed stations are ample and supported by a local youth police program.
The laid-back atmosphere of this western North Carolina college town is contagious. One of the smaller fields for a Gran Fondo National Series event, the Boone Gran Fondo has a supportive, family feeling, particularly when we all gather for great local food, cold beer, and fantastic raffle prizes after a challenging and competitive ride.
The GFNS event series was established in 2012 and comprises 12 European-style rides/races staged in the United States. Every GFNS event offers courses covering 30, 60, and 100-mile journeys through some of the most beautiful and challenging terrains in endurance sports. Timed sections allow riders to compete in specific course segments, while casual cyclists can ride at their own pace. Participants can ride as individuals or on teams. GFNS awards special prizes to the top riders in every age and gender category. Each rider is assigned an electronic timing chip to keep track of their progress throughout the course and to allow riders to compete for the best time through highlighted sections.
For the most dedicated athletes who participate in at least three events, GFNS offers the chance to win a National series championship based on your performance in the cumulative events. The competition spans all rider categories. GFNS events include: