In 2018, the Alpine Loop Gran Fondo will see its namesake route, the Alpine Loop, return to it’s original path up and over Shenandoah Mountain on Reddish Knob Road from Sugar Grove, West Virginia.
The course adjustment will remove Forest Road 85, otherwise known as the Dark Side Climb, from the route after five years of use.
2018 route details coming soon.
Anticipating higher interest in the changed route, the field limit of the event has been increased.
The Alpine Loop – The Premiere Route for Jeremiah Bishop’s Gran Fondo
“One wicked route!” – Jeremiah Bishop
Winding Climbs, Magnificent Scenery, Thrilling Descents:
The Most Challenging and Adventurous Gran Fondo in the United States!
While the Alpine Loop is a challenge, it’s an adventure suitable for VERY fit cycling enthusiasts. You don’t need to be a racer to tackle these mountains! In fact, well prepared riders who set a brisk steady pace and take full advantage of the rest station amenities are sure to reach the Finish Line Festival with smiles! The Alpine Loop features two dirt/gravel climbs. There are two timed KOM/QOM sections.
Early registration discounts are available with prices rising as the event gets closer.
The Shenandoah Mountain Century offers an option for riders who want to take on 100 miles including two significant all-paved climbs over Shenandoah Mountain. Built from the Shenandoah Mountain Adventure route, with the addition of some of the best back roads and rolling hills alongside the George Washington National Forest, to create a mountainous 100-mile adventure.
The Shenandoah Mountain Adventure is a great challenge on all-paved roads! Riders compete in the KOM on the Shenandoah Mountain climb on Virginia Route 33; and are treated to the newly paved surface snaking up Moyer’s Gap Road on the western side of Shenandoah Mountain.
The Mt Solon Metric Century features 62.5 miles of scenic Shenandoah Valley riding, including the beautiful backroads and nearly-secret riverside roads beyond Mt Solon. The total of 3,743 feet of climbing are spread out over the rolling Valley roads.
The Valley View Challenge has proved popular. Riders have told us they are impressed with the relative challenge for a shorter distance; the climb on Mole Hill makes for a great adventure!
The event serves a charitable mission to support the Prostate Cancer Awareness Project, Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition, Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance, Build Our Park, and a variety of other local organizations and initiatives.