Date: Jul 09, 2022
Location: Logan, Utah
Region: Southwest - Utah
Directions: Get Directions
Utah-Cache Gran Fondo
The Utah-Cache Gran Fondo is an annual Italian-style ride in Cache Valley in Northern Utah that has consistently been ranked as one of the best Gran Fondo’s in North America and is one of the fastest-growing and largest rides in Utah. This year, the event also acts as a qualifier event for both the UCI Gran Fondo World Championship Qualifier and the Gran Fondo National Championship Series, providing racers the opportunity to race on both the world stage (Trento, Italy) in 2022 and the national stage (Asheville, NC) respectively.
A true Gran Fondo format, immediately after racers leave the start line area, the courses open to recreational cyclists on route options spanning 35, 50, 75 and 100 miles through a spectacular mountain valley in Northern Utah where the air in the summer can be crisp and clean. All routes, with the exception of our Piccolo 35-mile course, offer a slight hill challenge followed my mostly flat sections on low-traffic roads.
All distances offer well-stocked support stations with real food from Lee’s Marketplace, Newton Market, Built Bar, Hammer Nutrition, and all the Gatorade, water and Pepsi products you can drink. A light breakfast is offered at the start-line, and a unique rider lunch where you chose your preference from one of 3 different local restaurants. Over 40 local and statewide sponsors also provide over $8000 worth of rider prizes and rider gifts, including Campchef stoves and outdoor cooking items, cycling items from Al’s Sporting Goods, Joyride Bikes & The Sportsman. Also high-end pillows from Malouf Sleep, and ARS always provides FatBoy ice cream sandwiches as you cross the finish line.
About UCI Gran Fondo World Series
The UCI Gran Fondo World Series (former UCI World Cycling Tour) is a series of UCI-sanctioned races held all over the world. Some 25-30 qualifier events qualify the top 20% in each age group to the UCI Granfondo World Championships, the former UCI Masters Road World Championships, where the champions are awarded with the coveted rainbow jersey. After its launch in 2011, the UCI Granfondo World Series enters the 2022 season with additional events.
While promoting high level competition for Masters and Amateurs, one of the aims of this series is the globalization of “Cycling for All”. With that in mind, the geographical spread of the events is very important, alongside with strict organizational and sporting criteria, and a certain tourism interest. The UCI Gran Fondo World Series concept is focused on both very competitive riders who either just miss the skills and talent to become a Pro Elite rider or who still want to compete at a high level at a later age, but also open to enthusiast sport riders who like to keep fit and simple take part in competitive events. You can see all events listed here: http://www.ucigranfondoworldseries.com/
About Gran Fondo National Series
The GFNS event series was established in 2012 and comprises 12 European-style ride/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 terrain in endurance sports. Timed sections allow riders to compete in specific segments of the course, 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 best time through highlighted sections.
For the most dedicated athletes who participate in at least 3 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 include: Tour of Georgia Gran Fondo; Utah-Cache Gran Fondo; Highlands Gran Fondo; Gran Fondo Asheville; Boone Gran Fondo; Golden Gran Fondo; Gran Fondo Maryland; Jensie Gran Fondo