Medicine Hat Gran Fondo

 

Elevation East of the Rockies? You betcha!

We have more than just Prairies out here!

The Medicine Hat Gran Fondo course will challenge you with more than 1100m of elevation gain.

Choose from 4 distances:

  • Gran fondo (146km)
  • Medio fondo (100km)
  • Corto fondo (60km)
  • Piccolo fondo (30km) – NEW THIS YEAR
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    Register soon for even more value for your money!

     

    Registration Fees & Information:
    Gran Fondo – $85 (plus 5.05 processing fee) 60km, 100km, 146km
    Piccolo Fondo – $65 (plus $4.45 processing fee) 30km
     

  • At $85 (plus $5.05 processing fee) the Medicine Hat Gran Fondo is by far the most affordable Gran Fondo in Alberta
  • Register by May 8th and receive custom arm warmers. This effectively puts 30% of the cost of your registration back into your pocket!
  • Four courses designed to provide a ride that is just right for you.
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    Register before midnight, May 8th, 2019 to:

  • Enjoy the best climate for early season cycling! Medicine Hat tops the list of the “Ten Sunniest places in Canada”
  • Show off your new arm warmers, custom designed for us by Jakroo. The design of the arm warmers is based on the jersey design that was used last year.
  • Replenish your energy at abundantly stocked aid stations
  • Have our roaming support team save the day in case of mechanical difficulty
  • Challenge yourself during the ride with our King of the Mountain (KOM) competition. Prizes awarded for fastest time in four divisions; Female Open and Masters, Male Open and Masters. Note that the piccolo fondo turnaround is before the KOM climb.
  • Feast on a post ride meal catered by the award winning Zucchini Blossom Cafe!
  • You snooze, you lose! Registration received after the Early Bird deadline (May 8th ) but before the event registration cut-off (May 31st at midnight) includes all of the above with the exception of the arm warmers.
  • The cost remains at $85. Registration for the Gran Fondo closes on May 31st at midnight. No registrations will be available after the cut-off. The Medicine Hat Gran Fondo has a non-refundable policy. Don’t Miss Out!
  • Registration for the Piccolo Fondo (30km) has the same deadlines, but cost to enter is just $65 (plus $4.45 processing fee)
  • Registration is limited to 250 riders
  • Please note the sizing options before you go into the registration site.

Stay Warm With Our New Arm Warmers

 

Unisex Arm Warmer Sizing

Below are the sizes. Look for the red box to identify the size on each image
(The above image shows the pair you would receive. These match the Fondo tops we have)
 

2019 GRAN FONDO SCHEDULE

June 8 , 2019 7 PM – 9 PM
The package pick-ups on Friday night will be at Cyclepath (2010 Strachan Road S.E.) from 7 P.M. to 9 P.M. All riders are expected to sign a waiver form during package pick-up.
June 8, 2019 7:00 AM – 7:30 AM
Package pick-up at Glenview Church of the Nazarene, (Refer to route map for location, located directly East of Wal-Mart. All riders are expected to sign a waiver form during package pick-up.
June 8, 2019 7:00 AM – 7:45 AM
Timing Chip Pick Up at the start line
June 8, 2019 7:50 Am
Call to start line for all distances.
June 8, 2019 8:00 AM
Start of ride for all distances.
June 8, 2019 9:30 AM
Post ride lunch by Zucchini Blossom begins at Glenview Church of the Nazarene.
First Riders expected back.
June 8, 2019 5:00 PM
Finish line closes.
June 8, 2019 5:30 PM
Post ride lunch closes.

EVENT RULES

  • This is not an official “race”, but a self-paced ride designed for enjoyment.
  • Helmets are mandatory. Approved cycling helmet is required for all riders. Riders must wear a certified cycling helmet with the chinstrap buckled at all times during the ride.
  • All cyclists are personally responsible for obeying all traffic laws. Extra signage and road marshaling will be in place but always remember that this is a public road way and as such, is always subject to Alberta’s cycling and road rules. All riders should be familiar with these rules.
  • No outside support vehicles are allowed along the course. The event is supported by the organizers. No other means of support shall be permitted within the event.
  • Display your event number. All registered cyclists must wear their event number at all times during the ride. Riders who fail to do so will be asked to leave the event.
  • No headphones of any kind, MP3 players, personal stereos or usage of cell phones are permitted while riding. We also encourage riders to maintain grip of their handlebars at all time.
  • All riders under the age of 18 years on race day will require a signed guardian permission waver, in addition to a formal release form.
  • All riders under the age of 16, must be accompanied on course by an adult.
  • No littering – it’s the law. Riders are to dispose of waste in appropriate recycling bins at rest stops. Public urination is against the law and as such, not permitted. Riders are asked to use toilets provided at Rest Stops.
  • Motors are not allowed on or in bicycles. Anyone caught with a motor will be immediately disqualified and removed from the event.
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    Guideline for the Courteous Gran Fondo Rider

    • Be aware of others around you and communicate clearly and well in advance of your intended maneuvers. Use appropriate gestures in combination with verbal commands. Pass on the left only and call out your pass. Courteously call out “on your left” upon approaching a rider before passing. Ride with your head up. Look down the road, not at the person in front of you.
    • If you require a stop while on the course, ensure it is safe to do so. Maneuver appropriately, giving riders around you room to continue riding safely. Know your skill and limits and stay within them. Be extremely cautious when going down hills and remember that you must have control of your bike and be able to emergency stop at all times.
    • Never overlap your wheels with other riders. Always stay in single file when ever possible.
    • The use of aerobars is strongly discouraged during this event. With so many riders, they can be very dangerous.
    • Thank the volunteers. Without volunteers this event would not be possible. We value our dedicated volunteers and want to ensure that they have a great time. Abuse of any volunteer will not be tolerated. Please thank them for helping make your day a successful one.
    • Remember this is not a race. Ride hard, challenge yourself and enjoy the Medicine Hat Gran Fondo with the safety of yourself and fellow riders in mind.

Below are the route descriptions of the four courses

It is important that you read the route for the length of ride you are doing.
While there will be signs at all the intersections, you should have a good idea of
your planned route before you start.

Piccolo Fondo Course 30 KM   (Download Map)

A 30 km ride through picturesque prairie views with more than 120m of elevation gain. The majority of the elevation gain is in the first half of the course.

The turnaround, including a fully stocked aid station is positioned at Eagle Butte Road and Township Road 112. The Cypress Hills can be seen looking south.

Corto Fondo Course 60 KM   (Download Map)

A 60km ride through picturesque prairie views with more than 400m of elevation gain.
The majority of elevation gain is in the first half of the course.

The turn around, including a fully stocked Aid Station is positioned at the Little Plume Church. This aid station features a stunning view of the surrounding area. From here it is all downhill to the finish.

Medio Fondo Course 100 KM   (Download Map)

A 100 km ride that takes you to the base of the Cypress Hills with 700 m of elevation gain. The Medio Fondo course climbs out to the Little Plume Church where there is a fully stocked aid station.

After the aid station the road continues to climb for another 2 km before it reaches a summit. Once at the top enjoy great views of the Cypress Hills as you begin a gentle 3 km descent. It then continues south through rolling terrain until the turnaround aid station at the base of the Cypress Hills.

Riders then reverse their route with some climbing back to the aid station at the Little Plume Church at the 70 km point. This aid station features a stunning view of the surrounding area. From here it is all downhill to the finish.

Gran Fondo Course 146 KM   (Download Map)

The Gran-Daddy of the Medicine Hat Practica di Gran Fondo takes you on a grueling 146 km journey with an elevation gain of over 1100 m, rivaling those fondos that take place in the Alberta Rockies.

The Gran Fondo course climbs out to the Little Plume Church where there is a fully stocked aid station. After the aid station the road continues to climb for another 2 km before it reaches a summit. Once at the top enjoy great views of the Cypress Hills as you begin a gentle 3 km descent.

It then continues south through rolling terrain until the turnaround aid station at the base of the Cypress Hills. Riders then retrace their route (with food and drink available when you pass the Little Plume Church, recommended as the next aid station is 52 km farther on) till they get back to the junction with the Black and White Trail.

At this point Gran Fondo riders turn south (all other riders will be turning north) and begin climbing again. The route proceeds south for 22 km, at this point there is another fully stocked aid station.

After filling up on food and drink the riders go north along the Black and White Trail back to the finish, with the last 20 km generally downhill.

Little Plume Volunteer Description

Volunteers should leave the start finish location right after the last riders start (at latest). Take Range Road 120 over to Eagle Butte (to avoid riders). You should be at Little Plume by 8:30 or so to start setting up. Riders should start arriving shortly after 9 A.M.

Little plume Church is fully stocked aid station. There should be Port-a-potties set up when you arrive. There will be a motorhome there with all the food and drink supplies. There will also be some unassembled bike racks. Finally, Gravity Sports will be there setting up a bike repair tent.

If the sign for the side of the road is not set up, put that up. Sign should indicate that 60 km riders turnaround at this point, 100/146 km riders continue going south.

Supplies in motorhome include a tent and table for the goodies. Set up tent and put the table under it. Bring out the food and water. Some of the bananas can be cut in half and the oranges quartered. Put out full and half bananas. Keep a mix of the energy bars open and on the table, replenish as necessary. Same with the cookies.

Set up the bike racks, somewhere near the table. There are 4 A-frame supports and 3 bars that make up the rack. Two of the A-frames will have bar sticking out either side, end ones will have only the one. So when it is done it should be one long rack of 3 bars.

Riders Arrive

First riders at aid station should be 60 km Corto Fondo Riders. This is the turnaround point for these riders. Ensure that they turnaround.

Riders doing the longer distances (Medio Fondo – 100km and Gran Fondo -146 km) continue south for another 10 km. They will/can also be stopping in on their way back from the turnaround point. If they are unclear where they are going help them out. They go south (towards Cypress Hills) once, after that they head back to Medicine Hat.

When the first riders start heading south, one of the volunteers should be sent ahead to be at the turnaround point. This is located right where the road turns to gravel (there is a road sign indicating this), this is also at junction with Range Road 50 (I believe). Put up the turnaround sign. There shouldn’t really be any problem with them not turning back, but there should be a volunteer just in case. Cyclepath will have bike mechanics driving the course. They should be able to keep the volunteers up to date on who is the last rider. Once the last rider has passed the turnaround point, this volunteer can come back to the Little Plume Church.

Aid Station Closes

Once last rider has passed the Little Plume Church heading towards MH the aid station can be taken down (should be about 11:30). Take down bike rack and put on ground where it was found. Any left over food and drink can be brought back to the start/finish location. Take down table/tent/chairs and put back in the motorhome and lock it up. Put any route signs in the motorhome.

Black and White Trail Aid Station

Black and White (B&W) is fully stocked aid station, located at junction with Robinson Coulee Road about 18 km from start. There should be Port-a-potties set up when you arrive. There will also be some un-assembled bike racks. You will have brought the rest of the supplies with you.

Set up the sign on the west side of the road, indicating to all riders that this is a turnaround point.

Supplies include a tent and table for the goodies. Set up tent (suggest putting it far away from port-a-potties but still on level ground) and put the table under it. There will be stakes and hammer in truck (behind the seat) to stake tent down for windy conditions. Bring out the food and water. Some of the bananas can be cut in half and the oranges quartered. Put out full and half bananas. Keep a mix of the energy bars open and on the table, replenish as necessary. If the table is crowded or has too much weight the water could be put on the tailgate of the truck (assuming it is parked close by). The chairs are meant for the volunteers but you can let riders use them depending on their level of exhaustion.

Set up the bike racks, somewhere near the table. There are 4 A-frame supports and 3 bars that make up the rack. Two of the A-frames will have bar sticking out either side, end ones will have only the one. So when it is done it should be one long rack of 3 bars. There will be a bike floor pump in truck in case any riders need to put air in their tires.

Riders Arrive

First riders at aid station will be medio and gran fondo riders, they should start to show up just after 8:30. This is the turnaround point for all these riders. Ensure that they turnaround. Anticipate all riders will have gone through by 9 A.M. But station must stay open as the Gran Fondo riders will be coming back again. Take down the turnaround sign set up earlier, replace with one showing riders continue south (if there is one).

Sometime around 11 A.M. riders will start returning. In this case they all have to head south for about 12 km, they will then turnaround and head back through the aid station. Make sure they head south when they get there, and that they head back to the city when returning from the south.

When the first riders start heading south, one of the volunteers (Linda) should be sent ahead to be at the turnaround point. The turnaround sign should be taken by this volunteer. This is located about 12 km south; there will be a big valley and the road turns to the left as you leave the valley, after about ½ kilometer the road will turn right and go south; this is where the turnaround is (there is gravel turnoff on the outside of the curve where you can stop). Put up the turnaround sign, and direct all the riders to turnaround when they show up. Cyclepath will have bike mechanics driving the course. They should be able to keep the volunteers up to date on who is the last rider. Once the last rider has passed the turnaround point, this volunteer can come back to the aid station on B&W.

When the early morning volunteers (Chris and Lee) leave they need to change the direction sign at the junction of B&W and Range Road 114 (located 11 km north of aid station). The sign as set up will indicate all riders turn at this point. Remove the sign on front, there should be a sign beneath it indicating riders go straight.

Aid Station Closes

Once last rider has passed heading towards MH, the aid station can be taken down (should be about 3:00). Take down bike rack and put on ground where it was found (and out of the way from the port-a-potties). Any left over food and drink can be brought back to the start/finish location. Take down table/tent/chairs and put back in the truck. Pick up any of the route signs that are there. Someone will come out and drive the truck back (probably Andrew).

2018 Gran Fondo Jerseys

We have a limited number of our 2018 jerseys, as pictured on this page, available for purchase. We are selling these through Zone4 for $65 (1/3 off the original price).
If you wish to purchase one, check the sizing chart before clicking on the link below.
You can also purchase a jersey while you register for the 2019 Gran Fondo, or you can purchase it as a stand alone item.

 
Click Here to Email Us directly to order a Jersey!

 


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