Hincapie Events offers the ultimate cycling experience in Tennessee, Gran Fondo Hincapie – Chattanooga, which offers 77-mile, 55-mile, or 10-mile routes for all types of riders over 18. Picked as one of the best road cycling events in the Southeast, each ride includes catered rest stops with live music and SAG support. All courses start from Miller Park and have scenic views of the Tennessee River. The riders start together and then split into different routes based on their dedicated ride.
Gran’s longest and most challenging ride is 77 miles and 6,611 feet of elevation gain, with three rest stops along the way. For terrain, the course offers a variety of steep climbs and fast descents, starting with 9 miles of flat roads along the Tennessee River. The first challenge begins at 9.1 miles with a 5.5-mile climb near Suck Creek at 5%. Next is a recovery on a 4.1-mile descent that moves fast. This is followed by 16 miles of flat roads of Sequatchie Valley that lead to the big climb of the day, the 1.9-mile ascent up Sequatchie Mountain with an average grade of 10.9%. Another quick descent and the final 21 miles are the most scenic, with clear views of the Chattanooga Skyline.
The Medio course measures 55 miles and 4,100 feet of elevation gain with three rest stops. Medio riders start with Gran riders, 9 miles of flat roads with a 5% grade climb for 5.5 miles. They continue with Gran riders on the 4.1-mile descent and the 16 miles of Sequatchie Valley flat roads. At mile 29.8, they break off from Gran riders and return along the Tennessee River for the final 21 miles.
Third-course option is Piccolo, 10 miles and 463 elevation feet and one rest stop. The course riders spend the initial 3.5 miles with Gran and Medio riders. They then turn off to start their main challenge, the Pineville Road climb, followed by a descent to Browns Ferry Trail Head for their rest stop. After refueling, they continue on a scenic path back into downtown Chattanooga.
Many restaurants in Chattanooga along the Tennessee River, like Tony’s Pasta Shop & Trattoria and Scottie’s on the River. For lodging, booking directly through GFNY Waco’s dedicated hotel page is recommended to receive local discounts associated with the event.
In addition to Chattanooga, Hincapie Events produces a growing roster of popular events across the country, including events in Bangor, ME, Lehigh Valley, PA, Greenville, SC, and their inaugural gravel event this coming Spring in Merced, CA. 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, most 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.
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.