** You do NOT need to purchase a USAC license for the Gran Fondo, you will however need to create a free account with USAC to register.
What is the difference between Gran Fondo and USAC Categories?
Gran Fondo (aka Citizens Race)
- For someone that does not race on a regular basis or never races at all
- Interested in challenging yourself and competing against your best time!
- Gets a jersey with registration
- Allows you to tackle challenging terrain with support
- Allows you to modulate your experience based on your goals. You can still treat it as a race, but how hard you go is up to you
- You are timed
- All Gran Fondo participants get a medal
- There are no podium finishes by age group
- The top 3 men and top 3 women in the Gran Fondo will be publicly recognized
- Has a USAC racing license (Usacycling.org )
- Races on a regular basis
- Is very competitive – you are not only competing against your best time but you are competing against others!
- Does not receive a jersey (but you can buy one)
- There are podium finishes for the top 3 in each category
- Colorado residents participating in the USAC categories qualify for the Colorado State Hill Climb Championships
Will the Gran Fondo/Citizens get Podiums?
The Gran Fondo is permitted as a “Gran Fondo/Fun Ride” under USA Cycling. This essentially provides the necessary insurance. With that there are specific rules that must be followed. Please note the following:
RULE 10G3: No awards based on relative performance at the finish line are allowed. However, awards may be given based on timed segments at one or more points during the event, such as timed hill climbs. No cash awards may be given, but raffles and participation awards, such as t-shirts, ribbons, and certificates are allowed.
For the 2015 Mt. Evans Hill Climb, the top women and men for each Gran Fondo age group will be publicly recognized. Additionally, all Gran Fondo participants names will be entered in a drawing to win a spectacular prize.
And as there was in 2014, Primal Wear will be on the Summit presenting medals to all Gran Fondo participants! (If you missed that in 2014 or didn’t get yours for any reason please let the Race Director know and we will send it off to you right away!)
Can my family/friends go to the Summit?
Unfortunately, we cannot allow spectators on the Summit unless they hike in or volunteer. There is limited space on the top of Mt. Evans and we cannot have cars on the road. There are plenty of great places where they can cheer you on during the race. We love having lots of spectators but there are restrictions. We ask that you and your family respect the rules and the community.
- They need to follow the parking rules
- Make sure they know to not park on the road where they are in the way of the race
- Can they ride a bike up Summit road? Yes, if you are registered for the race. No, if you are just a spectator. It is a bike race – seriously, people on bicycles not registered make it unsafe for everyone – don’t do it.
- There are great places along the Rte 103 for people to park and cheer you on while you race
- If you don’t want to ride the whole way down, have someone waiting on Squaw Pass and call them when you get to Echo Lake
- Friends and Family are welcome to attend the Tommyknocker Post Climb Celebration however there will be a nominal fee for the meal. We would love to have them join in the fun!
- Chalk in the road is okay but NO PAINT! And not near any obstacle we have highlighted with orange chalk!
How do I get down Mt. Evans after I have reached the summit?
We do encourage most of you to ride down. If you can’t do the descent there will be shuttles on the top that will bring you from the Summit to Echo Lake HOWEVER
- You will need to demonstrate patience – the road is too narrow to bring big buses so we have to use vans and that limits the number of riders we can take at one time
- You will need to demonstrate patience because there will be racers on the road and we have to ensure they can race up to the top as well. It has to be a safe environment
- Vans are not to be used for warming – if you get in a van you will be shuttled down – please do not get in the van if you are waiting for someone. You can go visit the Primal Crew on the Summit they will help you out – they have lots of festivities.
How do I get warm gear to the Summit to wear on the descent?
We provide a Primal Wear gear bag, a luggage tag and we bring them up to the Summit for you.
- This bag is the gear bag that you will send to the Summit (USAC Adults, USAC Jr. 15/16 & 17/18, and Gran Fondo) and to Echo Lake Park for USAC Juniors (9/10, 11/12, 13/14)
- You have a luggage tag with your number on it – please affix that to the bag
- Please add your name and telephone number to the tag. PRINT LEGIBLY, If you do not have your name and telephone number on the bag then it cannot be returned to you if you do not claim it.
- You will drop your bag near Registration in the Gear Trucks. Gear Truck will leave at 7am, 8am and 9am – please plan accordingly.
- You are responsible for bringing the bag down with you.
- What goes in the bag? We recommend warm attire for the ride down!
- What should NOT go in the bag? Anything breakable – these bags will get thrown around. Do not put valuables like cell phones, wallets etc in the bag.
- We will not take up any bags that are not Primal Gear Bags
How do I train for Mt. Evans Hill Climb?
The best thing to do is ride your bike and know the course. Be prepared for the altitude and the distance. Here is some advice from some veterans and trainers:
- Mt. Evans Hill Climb Strategy – Nate Lierandi, Sonic Boom Racing
- Are You Ready to Tackle the Climb? – Adam Fivehouse, Optimize Endurance
- How can I best train for altitude while living at sea level? – Outside Magazine
- A Mid Summer’s Day Event: Be Ready for the Big Day – Adam Fivehouse, Optimize Endurance
- Straighten Up and Fly Right: Tips on How to Improve your Descending Skills – Adam Fivehouse, Optimize Endurance
How do I know what size Jersey to order?
Make sure you check the size chart. The jerseys are race cut not club cut so they are more fitted.