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presents

the date is set:

Saturday

28-Sep-2019

 

Scott Evans leading a breakaway in 2018. image courtesy of www.photocrazy.com

The Fourth annual Gran Fondo Santa Clarita is coming to town this September…

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 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.

Please contact David Smith scvsmith@gmail.com for any questions or sponsor request

We are proud to announce our support for the Police Unity Tour 2020

 

INFO

 

"gran" and "medio" Timed Routes

The 60 mile “Medio” and 100 mile “Gran” routes will have adhesive seatpost number plates provided at registration. They have 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.

Course Markings

  • 20 Mile “Family" - Green Signs with green sharerrows.

  • 60 Mile “Medio" - Red Signs with red sharerrows.

  • 100 Mile “Gran" - Black Signs with bluesharerrows.

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.

Crossing The Virtual Timed Finish Line

For the safety of the Medio and Gran Riders, once across the Timing Mat on Bouquet Canyon road, the timed event is "Neutral" and over a Social pace to the Start/Finish/Expo Area is appreciated. There are two left hand turns that take place on major roads. Safety First.

Event Sag provided

There will be numerous event sag vehicles providing safety to our riders. These Vehicles will be marked. 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 outside of feed zones. 

Phone Service and Rider Respect

Please note that there are numerous areas on the course where there is limited or poor 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 sag vehicle or medical attention. You will be compensated for your actions. 

Post Ride Meal and Beer Garden

The Start/Finish and Expo are located at:
20870 Centre Point Parkway
Santa Clarita, CA 91350

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Results

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.

Each rider of the Medio and Gran routes will receive a meal ticket in their Musette. Additional meal tickets per family member can be purchased for $15 per family member.

Gran Fondo Santa Clarita Bike Expo

Saturday -  - 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!

 

EVENT BREAKDOWN

 

  • Three routes to choose for all levels of riders: 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 mechanical issues there will be professional mechanics on hand at the start of the event and on-course support throughout the ride.

  • Six SAG/ Feed zones with fuel from Bonk Breaker and hydration

  • Prizes & Raffle Drawing after event (Enter for a chance to win some sweet gear & products!)

  • Gran Fondo Santa Clarita is on rain or shine!

  • Post-Ride Beer Garden (For riders over 21 years, a ticket for one beer is included as part of your price of entry - additional tickets may be purchased)

  • Post-Ride lunch of slow cooked BBQ

  • All day Kids Course on the grass at the expo for family fun

  • Each rider will receive a Gran Fondo Santa Clarita Musette Bag with nifty swag inside!

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THE ROUTES

The Gran and Medio will follow the challenging course set in 2018, and the Family ride will get a new route with the help of the City of Santa Clarita.

Gran and medio start time 8:00AM

“Gran" 7:30AM Staging

All “Gran” 100 mile riders are expected to be staged at 7:30AM 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.

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“Medio” 7:30AM staging

All “Medio” 60 mile riders are expected to be staged promptly at 7:30 AM 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.


“Family” 9:15AM Staging

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 Ruether 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.



 

 


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Aaron Boyleston was the overall winner of the GRANFONDO with a blistering time of under four hours, average pace of 23 mph. He is holding his prize of a very custom ANVIL tool case designed by Richard Johnson.

Replay Timing "chip timing" gathered the following data from 2018