The third annual Gran Fondo Hincapie is set for October 25, 2014, at Hotel Domestique — just outside of Greenville in South Carolina’s Blue Ridge Foothills.
Chosen by Bicycling Magazine readers as a 2014 “Celebrity Ride Bucket List” event, Gran Fondo Hincapie traverses roads George Hincapie covered countless miles training on throughout his career. Participants will ride alongside the legendary cyclist as well as other pro racing stars of the past, present and future including the HIncapie Sportswear Development team and sponsored triathletes. Proceeds will benefit three Greenville-area charities including Meals on Wheels.
Fondo riders have three routes to choose from varying in length and difficulty:
• Gran, an 80-mile test of endurance with more than 7,000 feet of climbing
• Medio, a 50-mile, slightly shortened version of the Gran with picturesque views
• Piccolo, a 15-mile challenge that offers a more leisurely option through the rolling foothills
• For those looking for spirited competition, the fastest men’s and women’s riders up the Gran route’s timed segments will earn King of the Mountain honors
All Gran route participants will receive a custom, commemorative Hincapie Sportsear jersey. Cyclists wanting a true VIP experience can book a Platinum Package, which includes three days of recon rides with George, followed by daily massages. The Platinum Package includes all meals plus lodging at Hotel Domestique.
Continuing the Hincapie’s dedication to aspiring young cyclists, registration is free for juniors 16 and under. There’s also a kid’s route, open to young cyclists wanting to take part in the excitement of the Gran Fondo.
More than just a ride, the Fondo’s festival atmosphere offers fun for the whole family, with kid’s races, fun runs, exhibitors and a large selection of food vendors and entertainment throughout the day.
The Hincapie Gran Fondo is sponsored by Hincapie Sportswear, Greenville Health System, WD-40 Bike, Fleetwood RV, Freightliner, HED, Bonk Breaker, GU, Carmichael Training Systems, Hotel Domestique, Restaurant 17, Bicycling Magazine, New Belgium Brewing, T Edwards Wines, Papa John’s and Pepsi.