Registration opens on February 1.
We are thrilled to announce big changes to the Garrett County Gran Fondo in 2016. These changes include a new start/finish location at Garrett College and new routes with new climbs, new roads, new aid stations, and even more climbing than before!
With six timed KOM climbs covering 13.3 miles and 4700' of elevation gain, the Garrett County Gran Fondo is the King of all Climbing Gran Fondos. No other Gran Fondo has more timed climbing! Bring your climbing legs!
Garrett County and the Deep Creek Lake area boast some of the finest and most challenging cycling in North America, and the Garrett County Gran Fondo has established itself as a premier North American Gran Fondo unsurpassed in challenge, scenery, and riding quality.
A tax-deductible contribution to Garrett Trails, the non-profit beneficiary of the event, is required with a minimum contribution of $10.
All Gran Fondo rides are fully supported, including aid stations and mechanical and sag support. In addition to cue cheets and garmin files made available to riders online, roads will be well marked. There are lenient time cutoffs that are enforced at the aid stations and route diversion points and those who fail to make the cutoffs will be driven to the finish (aid station cutoff) or forced to take the shorter route option (route diversion point cutoff).
The "Diabolical Double" - the feature event of the Garrett County Gran Fondo, is a true, extreme epic on par with European climbing classics such as Etape du Tour, la Marmotte, and the classic Italian Gran Fondos. At 200K (124.4 miles) and 16,900 feet of climbing, the Diabolical Double is an extreme challenge for even the most fit rider. Virtually all who have completed the Diabolical Double have considered it the hardest single day ride they have ever experienced.
The "Savage Century" - an extremely challenging century ride in its own right, at 100.3 miles and 12,800 feet of climbing likely the hardest 100 mile ride in North America. The Savage Century includes all five of the timed KOM climbs.
The "Masochistic Metric" - ½ the distance with nearly ½ the climbing of the Diabolical Double at 63 miles and 8200 feet of climbing. If you want to experience a true climbing epic, but 100 miles or 200K of it seems a bit excessive, then the Masochistic Metric is the ride for you. The Masochistic Metric includes all five of the timed KOM climbs.
The "Fabulous 42" - an excellent option for anyone looking for a longer, more challenging ride than the "Garrett's Greatest 25" and wants a taste of the extremity of the three longer rides, but does not want to undertake the extreme challenge of the 100K, 100 miles, or 200K distances. The Fabulous 42 includes 42.5 miles and 4700 feet of climbing and two of the five timed KOM climbs.
The "Garrett's Greatest 25" - a beautiful 25 mile ride along Deep Creek Lake and through the rolling Garrett County farmland, the Garrett's Greatest 25 includes no major hills and none of the five timed KOM climbs.
Event date is subject to change