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Mammoth Gran Fondo

September 9, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation presents Mammoth Gran Fondo, a fun and challenging event that offers three courses for various levels of road cyclists that starts at 8,074 ft elevation, covers 102 miles, and includes 6,643 feet of elevation gain. Each race provides riders with timed results, event photos, fully stocked rest stops with clothing drops, SAG support by Velofix, and a light on-course lunch. The scenic views of the High Sierra and White Mountains are epic.

The Gran course is the longest and most challenging option, with uphill climbs spaced out along the ride and fast descent. The 102-mile course has a pro-style mass start. Along the way, there is one stoplight, 75 miles of the route is closed to thru traffic, and six rest stops. The Medio course is for those who want to keep their distance in double digits. Seventy miles with 3,601 feet of elevation gain and four rest stops. The start of the course is a climb to Mammoth Scenic Loop. The second climb is most challenging on a narrow eight-foot-wide bike path that overlooks the gorgeous scenery of Eastern Sierra. Riders continue to Crowley Lake and then turn on Benton Crossing Road to head up to Watterson Summit, a 5% grade with a 10% pitch at the top. After a descent, while watching the best scenic views in central California, riders will finally climb back u to Mammoth Lakes. The third option of Mammoth Lakes Gran Fondo is the Piccolo, 42 miles with 2,340 feet of climbing and two rest stops. It starts like Medio with a short climb up to Mammoth Scenic Loop, continues to Crowley Lake, and then turns back towards Mammoth Lake for another climb at the end.

Mammoth Lakes is a resort area with many restaurants and lodging options. Morrison’s Restaurant & Bar and Skadi are nearby for fine dining. Travelers can stay on the mountain at The Mammoth Inn or nearby the comfortable Ventura Grand Inn or campgrounds like Twin Lakes.

The dedicated website for Mammoth Gran Fondo has many details that benefit cyclists. Details on travel, accommodations, and rider kits are outlined clearly within a FAQ from the same event over the years. Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation has the mission to open Eastern Sierra to all. They accomplish this goal by supporting programs and events that invite future generations to love the mountains of California. There are membership and volunteer opportunities available to all. Other associated rides include Tour de Big Bear, which has a 2022 event.


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