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. Strambecco rates the event as one of the best road cycling events in the Southwest. This year, the event also acts as a qualifier event for both the UCI Gran Fondo World Series and the Gran Fondo National Series, providing racers the opportunity to race on both the world stage (Trento, Italy) in 2022 and the national stage (Asheville, NC) respectively.
In 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. Except for the Piccolo 35-mile course, all routes offer a slight hill challenge, followed by 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 choose 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, as you cross the finish line, high-end pillows from Malouf Sleep and ARS always provide FatBoy ice cream sandwiches.
About UCI Gran Fondo World Series
The UCI Gran Fondo World Series (former UCI World Cycling Tour) is a series of UCI-sanctioned races. Some 25-30 qualifier events qualify the top 20% in each age group for the UCI Granfondo World Championships, the former UCI Masters Road World Championships, where the champions are awarded 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 strict organizational and sporting criteria and certain tourism interests. 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 are 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 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 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