The second annual Gran Fondo Santa Clarita is coming up and whether you're a serious rider or just a beginner, this is an event you definitely won't want to miss! Brought to you by Santa Clarita Velo and Road Bike Action; this one-day, chip-timed event will bring together cyclists from throughout California who seek to challenge themselves on the beautiful roads, rolling hills, and mountains of Santa Clarita Valley and beyond.
Event Start / Finish Location
- The Start and Finish of the event and Expo are at 20870 Centre Point Parkway Santa Clarita, CA 91350
- To be announced.
SUNDAY Morning - Three Wave Start
Wave One “Gran" 7:00AM Staging
All “Gran” 100 mile riders are expected to be staged at 7AM on Avenue Reuther behind the Start / Finish truss. We will have a riders meeting to quickly alert you again to the directions of the day. There will be a rolling police neutral-start for the first 5 miles. The police escort will make a left turn on David Way off of Bouquet Canyon Road. The course will continue straight to the Replay Timing “Timed Start” which is at mile 7.8 on Bouquet Canyon Road. The official start time of everyone in the Gran Route will be the time that the first rider crosses the Timing Mat on Bouquet. The last rider in the Peloton is considered already started that far behind the rider who passed first; just as in every stage of every bike race you have watched. For those that have not looked at the supplied route decal, you will stay on Bouquet until the left-hand-turn on Lake Elizabeth Road.
Wave Two“Medio” Route 8:30AM Depart
All “Medio” 60 mile riders are expected to be staged promptly at 8:15AM on Avenue Reuther behind the Start Finish truss. At 8:15AM we will have a riders meeting to quickly alert you again to the directions of the day. The “Medio" riders will depart with the rolling police neutral-start for the first 5 miles. The Police escort will make turn left on David Way off of Bouquet Canyon Road and the course will continue straight to the Replay Timing “Timed Start” which is at mile 7.8 on Bouquet Canyon Road. The start time of everyone in the Medio Route will be the time that the first rider crosses the Timing Mat/sensor on Bouquet. The last rider in the Peloton is already starting that far behind the rider who passed first, just as in every stage of every bike race you have watched. For those that have not yet looked at the supplied route decal, you will stay on Bouquet until the left-hand-turn on Lake Elizabeth Road.
Wave Three“Family Route” 9:30AM Start
The Family Route will stage at 9:15AM behind the start Finish truss. There will be a riders meeting to explain the rules of the route. It too will have a police neutral-roll-out of 1-mile to a left-hand-turn to the bike path on Reuther and Soledad Canyon Road. From there you will follow the green signs with yellow arrows for a 20-mile route (water stop included) that returns to the same Finish truss at the expo area. The Family Route will be open all afternoon. All participants will receive a t-shirt and water bottle.
Event Course Timing
The 60 mile “Medio” and 100 mile “Gran” routes will have adhesive seatpost number plates provided at registration with a unique personal-encrypted-decal that will register your time when you cross the Timing Mat 7.8 miles from the start and in return again at 6.7 miles from the finish. (Note the Start at 7.8 miles is different from the finish route.) This is for rider safety, routing away from the busier streets. Please become familiar with your route and check out the Routes Page. The 20-mile family route is not a timed event.
- 20 Mile “Family" - Green Signs with yellow arrows.
- 60 Mile “Medio" - Red Signs with yellow arrows.
- 100 Mile “Gran" - Black Signs with yellow arrows.
Safety & Rules of the Road
- The Yellow Line Rule is in effect.
- Use of headphones is prohibited.
- All riders are required to wear a helmet.
- Rules of the Road are in effect at all times during the event.
- Riders are encouraged to ride single file and are expected to be aware of and obey all traffic lights and road signs.
- If you are on your bike in the expo area you are required to wear a helmet both before and after the ride.
Mavic Neutral Support
We are honored to have the Mavic Pro-Tour Neutral Support service for our event. This is done as a courtesy by Mavic. They will have a Mavic Moto-1 behind the lead group of the Gran Route. They will have the Volkswagon Wagon in Position 2 and Mavic Sprinter in Position 3 behind the Gran and Medio routes leap frogging to support riders with flat tires or mechanicals. They are there to help you get rolling first with your supplies, they are not a bike shop and should be treated with the greatest of respect. Please note: Mavic Neutral support is not allowed to transport riders in the event of a bicycle that can not proceed forward on the course.
Course Details: Medio & Gran
The best description is there is a 60-mile Medio route that has an extra loop that will make it a “Gran” adventure. Although, starting 90-minutes ahead at mile 36.3 The Gran riders will continue straight down San Fransquito Canyon, exiting Green Valley and head out for a 35.1 mile additional loop. The loop will return to the same junction at mile 71.4 where the Gran Route will make a left and follow the same exact course as the “Medio" route. Both colored markers (Red & Black) will be used to the finish.
Gran Route Dry Gulch Road / Bari's Bypass
There is a 1.9 mile section that allows us to stay out of the city and traffic lights. This "Short-Cut" is 50/50 dirt and pavement. The dirt can be on the soft side. it's very short and has been ridden by our entire valley clubs with zero problems. We hope you enjoy this unique feature of the "Gran" route.
At the Top of the Summit there will be the "Mavic Mountain Musette feed Zone" the first 20 riders will be “handed up” a Mavic Musette which will include 2-fresh event water bottles; One with GQ6 Flooid and one with straight water along with a Bonkbreaker bar and Bonkbreaker chews. There will also be a Feed Zone a few tenth’s further at the top for those missing the Musette.
Muscle Monster “KOM” presented By Primal
There is a 1.1 mile Strava Special Test on Spunky Canyon Road. Are you up for the challenge of taking the fastest time on the ride?
- Gran Route (100 Mile "Black") - Starts at mile 73.0 and ends at mile 74.1
- Medio Route (60 Mile "Red") - Starts at mile 37.9 and ends at mile 39.0
- This KOM segment is being timed by your personal Strava account. 24-Jerseys are being awarded for the best time in each rider-class.
Crossing The Virtual Timed Finish Line
For the safety of the Medio and Gran Riders, once across the Timing Mat on Bouquet, the event is Neutral and a Social pace to the Start/Finish/Expo Area. There are two left hand turns that take place on major roads. Safety First.
Event Sag provided
Along with Mavic Neutral Support there will be numerous event vehicles providing safety to our riders. These vehicles will be able to assist riders in need of support. Please note that you are not allowed to have your own private sag on the route or private feeds.
Phone Service and Rider Respect
Please note that there are numerous areas on the course where there is “No Phone Service”. If you see a rider in medical need or with a broken bicycle please take a number and description and please provide this information to the personnel at the next feed zone. If for some reason there is a rider in need, we ask you to stay with the downed rider until the arrival of medical attention. You will be compensated for your actions.
Post Ride Meal and Beer Garden
Each rider of the Medio and Gran routes will receive a meal ticket in their Mavic Musette. Additional meal tickets per family member can be purchased for $10 per family member.
Medio and Gran Results will be immediately available from the instant the rider crosses the Finish Line Mat on Bouquet Canyon Road. They will be visible in real-time on-site at the Start/Finish location seven miles away.
Gran Fondo Santa Clarita Bike Expo
Details to be announced.
Open all day: There are numerous bike industry companies in the vendor area; they are there for you to visit and see new products they have to present. Please note that they also offer up significant prizes for the day's raffle!
Please contact Robb Mesecher at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions or sponsor requests.
100, 60, and 20 mile routes (Black, Red, Green) for riders of all skill levels, from beginner to pro
Color Coded On-Course Signage
If you have any mechanical issues, don't sweat it! There will be professional mechanics on hand at the start of the event and MAVIC on-course support throughout the ride.
Six SAG stops with fuel by BonkBreaker and hydration by GQ6
Prizes & Raffle Drawing (Enter for a chance to win some sweet gear & products!)
Ample indoor space available ensuring ride and expo can go on rain or shine!
Post-Ride Beer Garden!
Live music on the stage after the even!
All day Kid's Course on the grass at the expo
Each rider will receive a Gran Fondo Santa Clarita Musette Bag with nifty swag inside! Medio and Gran route finishers will receive a special Gran Fondo Santa Clarita T-Shirt, Tacx Water Bottle, as well as your choice of Commemorative Pint Glass or Mug embellished with the Gran Fondo Santa Clarita logo.