Hincapie Gran Fondo Series
The Gran Fondo National Series and the USA Cycling Gran Fondo National Championship: Bringing Competition and Fun to Cycling
Cycling is not just about the physical challenge; it is also about the community and the experience. The Gran Fondo National Series was created to combine the competitive nature of bike racing and the social aspects of group rides to create events that are challenging, fun, and inclusive. Since its establishment in 2012, the Gran Fondo National Series has managed and produced over 60 gran fondos, including the official USA Cycling Gran Fondo National Championships.
The Gran Fondo National Series is the largest and most competitive series of gran fondo cycling events in the United States. The series was the first to implement timed-segment racing into US gran fondo events, and since 2012 has crowned Gran Fondo National Champions and Gran Fondo National Series Champions. In 2020, the series partnered with USA Cycling to bring the Gran Fondo National Series and the one-day Gran Fondo National Championship into the portfolio of official USA Cycling National Championship events.
The Gran Fondo National Series events have a lot to offer, including excellent venue support, well-marked routes, enjoyable routes with varying difficulty levels, and finish-line celebrations with music, food, and drinks. Additionally, the series uses a unique timed-segment format that allows cyclists of different levels to ride together, race each other, regroup to share stories, and enjoy the scenery in some of the finest cycling destinations in the United States.
The USA Cycling Gran Fondo National Championship is an official USA Cycling National Championship event that utilizes the timed-segment format. The event is held annually, and a national championship jersey and medal are awarded to the overall winner in each Gran Route age group category. The 2023 USA Cycling Gran Fondo National Championship event will be held at Gran Fondo Maryland in Frederick, Maryland, on September 17.
To compete in the National Championship category, riders must qualify by meeting specific criteria, including results and rankings in Qualification Events. However, all riders are welcome to participate in Gran Fondo Maryland and ride any of the normal Maryland Gran Fondo routes (Gran, Medio, and Piccolo), regardless of qualification status.
It is worth noting that a USA Cycling membership is required to participate in the USA Cycling Gran Fondo National Championships. However, a membership is not necessary to participate in the Gran Fondo National Series-produced events or to qualify for the 2023 USA Cycling Gran Fondo National Championships.
In conclusion, the Gran Fondo National Series and the USA Cycling Gran Fondo National Championship provide cyclists with the perfect opportunity to combine the competitive and social aspects of cycling. The series’ unique timed-segment format, high-quality events, and inclusive atmosphere make it an excellent option for cyclists of all levels. Moreover, the championship event adds an extra level of competition and prestige, allowing cyclists to test themselves against some of the best riders in the country.
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