Gran Fondo Asheville Moves to Solo Fondo & Driveway Challenge Format on August 22nd & 23rd
Gran Fondo National Series has announced that Gran Fondo Asheville will change its approach due to the ongoing public health restrictions, with participants’ health and safety being the top priority.
For those who can make it to the start in North Carolina, registered riders will be able to ride to the Piccolo, Medio, and Gran routes of Gran Fondo Asheville on August 22nd and 23rd while maintaining social distancing, avoiding large groups, and staying safe. Solo Fondo Asheville routes including timed sections, will be marked with orange spray chalk.
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For those who cannot make it to the start, the driveway challenge will allow you to take part remotely from any riding location, or virtually from your home on an indoor trainer. Read more below!
What is Solo Fondo Asheville?
A Solo Fondo is a Gran Fondo you complete on your own at any time within a specific date range and on an official course. For years Gran Fondo National Series has worked with RidewithGPS.com to provide riders with downloadable routes and turn-by-turn directions. With Ride with GPS, Gran Fondo can now post the timing results of your ride on any of their Asheville routes to a leaderboard for the Overall and Age Group competitions.
On August 22nd and 23rd, the Piccolo, Medio, and Gran routes of Gran Fondo Asheville will be marked, and athletes who register for Solo Fondo Asheville, ride a route, and upload their ride file to RidewithGPS.com will have their official results added to the leaderboard and be eligible for competition awards as well as awesome raffle prizes described below.
Athletes are encouraged to: maintain social distancing on course, avoid congregating in large groups, wear masks where social distancing is not possible, and follow all local and state health guidelines.
What About the Driveway Challenge for Asheville?
The Asheville Driveway Challenge is not a competition—it is a goal-oriented ride you can complete anywhere (just sign up and go ride your bike from anywhere). The Driveway Challenges will be tracked through RidewithGPS.com and open to those who cannot, or wish not to, travel to Asheville and ride the actual routes. The Asheville Driveway Challenges will offer various options that can be completed from your driveway (or any other starting point). Goal options based on distance, or based on elevation gain are offered for each route Gran, Medio, and Piccolo.
Riders must complete their selected challenge goal the weekend of August 22nd and 23rd, and upload their ride file to RidewithGPS.com to have their official results recorded and be eligible to win raffle prizes described below.
Athletes are encouraged to maintain social distancing when riding, avoid congregating in large groups, wear masks where social distancing is not possible, and follow all local and state health guidelines.
How do I sign up for Solo Fondo Asheville and/or the Driveway Challenge?
If you are already registered for Gran Fondo Asheville, you have automatically been registered for Solo Fondo Asheville / Driveway Challenge at no charge and should receive an email with details about the event.
For anyone not already registered for Gran Fondo Asheville, follow these steps:
- Register via BikeReg.com. (By including your address Gran Fondo can ship you any applicable prizes and/or awards. Note: For your convenience you can add a link to your social media post at any time.)
- You will receive a confirmation email that contains RSVP links to Ride with GPS. To participate in Solo Fondo Asheville or a Driveway Challenge, you must click a link and sign in to Ride with GPS or create a free Ride with GPS account. (The auto-RSVP approval link will give you access to premium app features during your ride, this as well as a link to the maps will be e-mailed to you upon registering).
- Ride your event route, navigating by Ride with GPS or your own GPS device on August 22nd or 23rd, 2020.
- Save your ride using the Ride with GPS app or upload your ride file using your GPS device to have your times scored. Rides must be saved or uploaded to Ride with GPS to be counted.