Date: May 07, 2022
Location: Chattanooga, TN
Region: Southeast - Tennessee
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Gran Fondo Hincapie – Chattanooga
May 7 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm$240
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 the age of 18. Each ride in includes catered rest stops with live music and SAG support. All courses start from Miller Park and have scenic views of Tennessee River. The riders all start together and then split into different routes based on their dedicated ride.
The longest and most challenging ride, Gran, is 77 miles and 6,611 feet of elevation gain with 3 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 mile with a 5.5-mile climb near Suck Creek at 5% grade. 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 leads to the big climb of the day, 1.9 mile ascent up Sequatchie Mountain with 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 3 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 1 rest stop. The course riders spends the initial 3.5 miles with Gran and Medio riders. They then turn off to start their main challenge, Pineville Road climb followed by a descent to Browns Ferry Trail Head for their rest stop. After refueling, they continue on scenic path back into downtown Chattanooga.
There are many restaurants in the Chattanooga along Tennessee River like Tony’s Pasta Shop & Trattoria and Scottie’s on the River. For lodging, it is recommended that you book directly through GFNY Waco dedicated hotel page to receive local discounts associated with the event.
In addition to Chattanooga, Hincapie Events produces some of the most popular events in the country including events in Bangor ME, Lehigh Valley PA and Greenville SC. Their goal is to continue to build a strong community of cyclists who provide support to improve the sport that so many people have embedded in everything they do. Volunteer options available for each location. Hincapie Sportwear is a presenter in each ride and has essential apparel and cyclist accessories for both men and women. There are multiple local partners for the Gran Fondo Hincapie – Chattanooga and all event proceeds benefit the Bessie Smith Cultural Center, making a positive impact on Chattanooga’s community.
George Hincapie, one of the founders of Gran Fondo Hincapie, is well-known in the cycling industry, making a name for himself by defining domestique. He has competed in Tour de France 17 times and won the US National Road Race championships 3 times. He has retired from professional racing circuit but is involved in Hincapie product development and often makes appearances, or rides, in the various Gran Fondo Hincapie events.