Tour of Georgia Gran Fondo is a Gran Fondo National Series event, a producer of some of the best US cycling events. Picked as one of the best road cycling events in the Southeast, the Georgia course offers one of the most challenging courses in the series, crisscrossing the Appalachian Trail over big mountain gaps and secluded mountain roads around Helen, Georgia.
Helen is a unique mountain town styled in a Bavarian theme. About two hours from major airports in Atlanta, GA, and Greenville, SC, Helen is adjacent to the beautiful Unicoi State Park, which is packed with family fun. Experience Southern hospitality with a Bavarian twist! Compared to other GFNS events, a smaller peloton also helps create a tight-knit family atmosphere on the road and at the post-ride party with North Georgia BBQ.
The Tour of Georgia Gran Fondo routes is difficult to ride unsupported because the roads are remote and stores are few and far between. This event allows you to ride these marked confidently and marshaled courses, supported by law enforcement, safety motos, mechanic and sag vehicles, and staffed feed stations. As is customary GFNS events, there are three events choose: There are four routes to choose from: Gran, 90 miles and 9,000 ft elevation gain; Medio, 66 miles and 6900 ft elevation gain; Piccolo, 25 miles and 1700 ft of elevation gain.
The GFNS event series was established in 2012 and comprised 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:
Tour of Georgia Gran Fondo