The popular Golden Gran Fondo has moved from a late-summer event to June 23, featuring 78-, 63-, and 20-mile routes, a timed climb up Lookout Mountain for all groups, and a finish line party in Parfet Park in downtown Golden, CO.
“Editor’s note by Bill Plock….this is one of my favorite rides, if you want to experience riding around Golden and the foothills, this is a great event to challenge you”
Part of the Gran Fondo National Series, the Golden Gran Fondo offers timed-segment racing for riders who choose to push themselves or compete with others. Instead of a start-to-finish time, riders’ competitive results are based on their combined times through specific timed segments. This award-winning format provides cyclists with the ability to regroup with friends, stop at aid stations, and enjoy the incredible views without worrying about the pressure of losing time.
The Golden Gran Fondo will take racers on a historic Rocky Moutnain circuit. The start of the event traces the route of the inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge up Lookout Mountain. The course then continues it’s tracing of historical bicycle racing with a long climb towards the continental divide and some of the same roads used in the Coors Classic and featured in the movie American Flyers (Kevin Costner’s classic cycling film that was set in Golden).
Rocky Mountain cyclists know finding water, food, and bathrooms are some of the biggest challenges to riding the best mountain routes. With fully-stocked and staffed aid stations – including bathroom facilities – the Golden Gran Fondo makes a challenging, mountainous route with 9,000 feet of climbing accessible.
As with all GFNS events, there are multiple ways for cyclists to win at the Golden Gran Fondo. In addition to overall men’s and women’s winners, there will be age group competitions and a team competition. Riders don’t have to compete to win, though. All riders are eligible for valuable raffle prizes at the finish line party, including a 4-night stay at Garda Bike Hotel in Italy, a pair of Shimano S-Phyre cycling shoes, a Wahoo Fitness smart trainer, BikeFlights travel voucher, and much more.
Come out and ride a fun and challenging route through the mountains on June 23. The Golden Gran Fondo is a classic Colorado event that has something for everyone.