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Gran Fondo Hincapie Bentonville 2024

September 7 - September 8

Start line of Gran Fondo Hincapie Bentonville

The Gran Fondo Hincapie Bentonville: A Cycling Extravaganza

Cycling enthusiasts, mark your calendars! The much-anticipated Gran Fondo Hincapie Bentonville 2024 will take place in Bentonville, Arkansas, a renowned hub for cyclists. This new addition to the National Hincapie Gran Fondo Series promises an unforgettable experience, blending challenging routes with breathtaking scenery and a vibrant community atmosphere.

The Routes

Gran Route (86.5 miles)

  • Distance: 86.5 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 6,000 ft
  • Highlights: Riders will navigate through Bentonville's rolling hills and scenic countryside with three timed climbs offering challenging and panoramic views. Rest stops are strategically placed to ensure participants can refuel and recharge.

Medio Route (55 miles)

  • Distance: 55 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 3,600 ft

Piccolo Route (18.1 miles)

  • Distance: 18.1 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 800 ft

All routes culminate in a grand finish in downtown Bentonville, where participants can join the free Family Fun Festival. This post-ride celebration includes food, beverages, and entertainment, perfect for sharing the achievement with family, friends, and fellow cyclists.

Special Features

  • Junior Challenge: An exciting ride tailored for junior cyclists, encouraging the next generation to engage in the sport.
  • VIP Packages: Enhance your experience with exclusive benefits and services.
  • Celebrity Chef Dinner: On the eve of the ride, participants can enjoy a gourmet dinner at Thaden School, featuring dishes by top chefs and opportunities to mingle with culinary experts and celebrity guests.

Accommodations

Take advantage of special rates from partnered hotels, ensuring a comfortable stay for a weekend packed with activities and camaraderie.

Bentonville, Arkansas: A Cyclist's Paradise

As a cycling enthusiast visiting Bentonville for the Gran Fondo Hincapie, you'll find this city a true paradise for outdoor adventures. Bentonville is renowned for its extensive trail systems, offering over 140 miles of mountain biking trails that cater to all skill levels.

Mountain Biking: Head to Slaughter Pen Trail for a mix of flowy singletrack and technical sections, or explore Coler Mountain Bike Preserve for its challenging trails and stunning views.

Other Activities:

  • Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art: Enjoy world-class art amidst beautiful natural surroundings.
  • The Momentary: Enjoy contemporary art, live performances, and culinary experiences in this unique cultural space.
  • Downtown Bentonville: Experience vibrant shops, restaurants, and the historic Bentonville Square.

With its blend of outdoor activities and cultural experiences, Bentonville offers cyclists and their families an ideal balance of adventure and relaxation.

About Hincapie Gran Fondo Series

Suppose you aren't familiar with George Hincapie, a former American road bicycle racer who competed as a professional between 1994 and 2012. He is best known for completing the Tour de France 16 times, often in a support role for Lance Armstrong. Since retiring, Hincapie has parlayed his cycling fame into a multi-faceted business career that includes Hincapie Sports, a line of high-performance cycling ware; Hotel Domestique (Greenville County, SC), which caters to cyclists; and a growing national series of popular Gran Fondo events in Bangor ME, Chattanooga TN, Lehigh Valley PA, and Greenville, SC, all produced by Hincapie Events.  

The Gran Fondo Hincapie experience is not just a “big ride”–they are designed to be multi-day cycling celebrations, including scenic and challenging routes, live music, and a family festival with free fun, food, and brew.  It's a chance to join thousands of cycling pros, celebrities, weekend warriors, and first-time riders in the excitement of the Gran Fondo Hincapie hosted by George and the family. Typical routes included distance options of 15, 50, and 80-mile rides on the most bike-friendly routes mapped and tested by George himself. The events are chances to connect with other cycling enthusiasts and show off your passion, no matter your skill level.

Conclusion

Whether you're a seasoned cyclist aiming to conquer personal records or a recreational rider soaking in the camaraderie, the Gran Fondo Hincapie Bentonville promises an epic adventure through the picturesque landscapes of Bentonville. Join cyclists from around the globe in this premier event and experience the unique charm of Arkansas's cycling mecca.

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Hincapie Events

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