There is a brand new entrant in the American gran fondo scene.
Backed by a major player in world of mass participation endurance sport, Fondo Cycling Circuit USA describes its rides as "more recreational in nature" with a 75-mile option the longest course alongside 50- and 30-mile routes at each event.
Its slogan is "Mainly Recreational. Partially Competitive. Entirely Awesome".
Registration is open for all events at FondoCyclingCircuitUSA.com. The rides are priced at $95 for the long route, $75 for the medium and $50 for the short. As a kick-off bonus the first 100 cyclists to register for any of the 50- or 75-mile events receives a free Pearl Izumi cycling jersey.
In the first year there is an eastern bias with Akron, Ohio, (October 14) being the farthest West. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on August 26, Clermont, Florida, on September 30, and Fredericksburg, Virginia, on October 21 round out the circuit for 2018.
All stops on the circuit will host a food truck and craft beer festival with live music at the finish line.
Six events in three months is a strong opening for FCCUSA and reflects the experience of the organizers. The series' parent company, Asdeporte, is the producer of the Mexican stops of top-tier events like L'Etape by Tour de France, IRONMAN, Spartan Race and Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series.
Meckfessel, who runs the Tampa office of ASD, an Asdeporte subsidiary, is a former event director and senior executive for IRONMAN. Not having to deal with wetsuits and running routes must make gran fondos seem simple.
August 5 - Davidson NC
August 26 - Harrisburg PA
September 30 - Clermont FL
October 14 - Akron OH
October 21 - Fredericksburg VA
October 28 - Ridgeland MS