Gran Fondo Moab- 60 miles/ 5500 feet of climbing. Gran Fondo means “Big Ride” This route may not be big in distance but it is truly a memorable ride if not downright epic. After completing the Gran Fondo Moab I think you will agree it is a “Big Ride” and very challenging. You will be left tired and spent! After riding many events in the states and Europe I still find this route to be in my top 5 rides. You will not find the spectacular views and terrain this course has to offer in many events anywhere. The Gran Fondo Moab route is what will make this event memorable.
The event will start at Moab’s SpringHill Suites by Marriott located north of the Colorado River Bridge in Moab at 1865 North HWY 191. Please ride to the event start as there is limited parking available. If you need to drive we would recommend parking at Lions Park on the corner of HWY 191 and HWY 128.
Lunch will be at Old City Park on Saturday starting at 12:00 AM. Once again we will not be having an official awards ceremony. You are welcome to eat lunch and enjoy Old City Park.
Event Finish: *** Start and Finish are not the same places***
The route finish is at Old Spanish Trail road after a steep uphill. You will then go around a round about for a short sprint to the finish line. The finish is near Old City Park 4 miles south of town. The beautiful 21 acres park is located on Old City Park Road in Spanish Valley. There will be a finish aid station located at the park with light refreshments, water and sports drinks. Lunch will start at 12:00 also at Old City Park. It is a 4 mile mostly downhill ride back into town. (if you ride back to town your total mileage for the day will be around 65 miles) The best way back to town and is via Spanish Valley Drive.
Route Time Limits: 6 Hour Time Limit (8 am- 2 pm)
The Course is open from 8am- 2pm with timing. If you do not make it to the Finish Line before 2 PM your time will be listed as 6+ Hours. Due to the finish having a Closed Road we need to have it reopened to traffic by 2 pm. All Sag wagon and Police support will still be on the course after 2 pm to help any riders.
We are encouraging you to ride and race to the high point of the ride at the Warner Lake Road turnoff. The top five men and woman will be timed to the KOM/QOM at Geyser Pass. The first male and female riders to the top will get $100.00. This is at around 40 miles from the start. From Warner Lake Aid Station/KOM/QOM you have one last climb to Geyser Pass. After Geyser Pass turnoff there is a super steep curvy downhill back to town. We DO NOT want you to take risks with your speed on this section. You will get an accurate time for your complete ride to Old City Park. Please descend safely and in full control and remember there will be oncoming traffic on the entire 20 mile downhill until just before the finish.
Which direction is the course running?
The course will be going clockwise starting from SpringHill Suites by Marriott entering the bicycle path then heading towards the Colorado River road going to Castle Valley. For more info. go to the course page on this site.
What support is offered?
While this is a supported ride we encourage you to start with two FULL water bottles and the energy food you would normally carry for a big ride. We will have aid stations with food, water and sports drinks. The first aid station will be located about 25 miles from town. There will be another aid station close to the top of the climb. The last aid station will be near the event finish at Old City Park. There will also be mobile tech support for minor bike help but mainly for flats along the route.
Are there time limits on the Course?
Yes, the course is OPEN from 8am- 2pm. Riders leaving before 8am will be disqualified. See route information above for more details.
What is the refund policy?
All entry fees are non transferable and are NON REFUNDABLE. Sorry no expectations.
Are there AWARDS?
Yes, There will be awards for the top five men and female riders to the top of the climb at Warner Lake road turnoff.
(This is different than past year events. The KOM/QOM is no longer at Geyser Pass)
We do not have prizes for overall time to Old City Park. All riders will get an accurate time back to the finish. Ride SAFELY.
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