General Information and FAQs
Schedule of Events:
Friday: May 6th 2016 (Rider Check In 3pm-9pm/Swanny City Park- Moab’s New Recreation Center and Aquatics Center in downtown Moab)
REGISTRATION CLOSES April 15 or at 500 Riders, which ever comes first. You cannot register at the event on Friday May 6th.
This is a mandatory packet pick up- we cannot do packet pick up on Saturday before the event. Sorry. You have to be present to pick up your packet, someone else cannot pick up your packet for you. We also will need to see some type of identification.
Event Expo 3pm-9pm
Saturday: May 7, 2016 (Start time 8am starting at Swanny City Park- Moab Recreation Center in downtown Moab)
Gran Fondo Moab- Mass Start 8am. This is a mandatory start time to receive timing and support. Anyone who starts before or after 8am will not be supported or get a time.
Lunch & Results 11am-3pm At the Finish at OLD CITY PARK (outside of town near the Golf Course) All finalized results will be posted at Old City Park at 2pm,Awards & Raffle will follow at 2:30 ***Make sure to bring your raffle ticket with you on the ride if you are not going to head back to town and then come back***
For 2016 Gran Fondo Moab will only have one route.
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 and Vendor Expo will start at Moab’s City Park called Swanny Park. Swanny Park is located in downtown Moab at 400 North 100 West. The park is a 7-acre park with a large playground, two barbecue grills, covered picnic tables, a covered gazebo, lots of wide open green space and big, old shade trees. The park is a short ride from Moab’s downtown hotels. Please ride to the event start as there is limited parking available. Lunch-Results-Awards will be at Old CityPark on Saturday starting at 12:00 AM .
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 Geyser Pass 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 42.40 miles from the start. There will be some fun downhills before this last climb. 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.
**Every rider will get one raffle ticket. We have great prizes for the raffle even if you do not make it to the top of the mountain in record times. BRING YOUR RAFFLE TICKET TO LUNCH.
FAQ’s (this will be updated regularly as more questions arise)
Which direction is the course running?
The course will be going clockwise starting from Swanny City Park 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 20 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.
Is there a Gran Fondo Photographer on the Course- can I buy photos from the event?
Yes, we are proud to be working with Tim Guzman Photography. You can view his website and purchase photos here:
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 Geyser Pass road turnoff. 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.
We will also have some great prizes for our raffle. Every rider gets one raffle ticket for registering. Remember to bring your raffle ticket to the finish at Old City Park. You must be present for raffle to win. No prizes or awards will be mailed.
Can I get a massage at the finish?
Looking for a massage therapist for the 2016 event. Please send us an email if you are interested.
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