SURPRISINGLY CHALLENGING AND FUN
You may not associate Maryland with climbs, but Gran Fondo Maryland has one of the highest ratios of elevation gain per mile of any Gran Fondo National Series event. But don’t worry, the perfect pavement and cooler early fall temperatures make this one of our most popular events. This is one of 4 events in 2020 to have the elevated Super Gran route.
SHORT DRIVE FROM DC OR BALTIMORE
Frederick, MD is a very unique town and a fantastic place to bring the family. The Gran and Medio courses also pass by Camp David, the longtime country retreat for United States Presidents. The smooth, contoured road surfaces and quiet country environment lead us to believe Frederick County could be the best cycling destination in North America.
CELEBRATION OF SUMMER FITNESS
With proximity to huge cycling communities in Washington and Baltimore, and an early fall spot on the calendar, Gran Fondo Maryland is where cyclists go to celebrate their summer fitness before the cold weather comes. Some ride hard, and others just cruise, but everyone wants to get back to Frederick to enjoy a gourmet lunch from renowned chef Bryan Voltaggio!
SAFETY AND SUPPORT
With lots of turns that could lead you astray, you’ll appreciate the carefully marked and marshaled course, and you can ride with confidence due to support from law enforcement, safety motos, mechanic and sag vehicles, staffed feed stations, and indoor bathrooms along with hot showers await you at the finishline.
There will be 4 Pit Stop along the 100 mile route, 3 on the 60mi, and 1 on the 30 mile route. Each Pit Stop will be fully stocked with Water, HEED Drink Mix, Hammer Gel, Endurolyte Fizz, Bananas, PB&J Sandwiches, Cookies, Chips and Pretzels.
Bathrooms Pit Stop will have bathrooms. Please use bathrooms.
A drop-box will be taken to Pit Stops 1 & 3 on the 100 mile route, this is Pit Stops 1 & 2 on the 60 mile route. This service is meant for you to have your own food, drink, or nutritional product on the course. If you put a jacket/vest, or other item of clothing in your drop bag you should take it with you as you leave the Pit Stop. We are not responsible for items left at the Pit Stop. DO NOT PUT THINGS IN THE DROP BOX THAT YOU EXPECT TO BE TRANSPORTED BACK TO THE START/FINISH AREA. PLAN ON PICKING YOUR ITEMS UP AS YOU PASS THROUGH THE Pit Stop. Drop-Boxes are for thing to go out, not things to come back!
We are not responsible for lost or damaged goods in a drop bag. We are not responsible for drop bags left after the event. Drop boxes will be transported back to the finish area at the end of the event – estimated time for drop box to be back at finish area is 6pm.
All riders must have timing chips installed on race morning. You will be issued a timing chip, if you do not return the timing chip you will be charged $100. Race numbers must be mounted on your back right-hand side or center and be easily readable.