How do I register for this year’s event? What is the cost of entry?
GRAN FONDO - 100 km: Register by June 30: $120.00 June 30- September 1: $140.00 September 1 - September 8: $160.00 GRAN FONDO ELITE - 150 km: Register by June 30: $160.00 June 30- September 1: $180.00 September 1 - September 8: $200.00 CORTO FONDO - 50 km: Register by June 30: $80.00 June 30- September 1: $100.00 September 1 - September 8: $120.00 *the first 100 registrations received by June 30 will receive a complimentary custom cycling jersey (value $80) * all registrations will be entered into a draw for $1,000 travel vouchers courtesy of Great Explorations and Randonnee Tours.
Online registration closes on Thursday, September 6th at 5 pm EST.
Can I switch my entry to a different distance (eg. Gran Fondo to Corto Fondo)?
You can change your distance from a longer distance to a shorter distance at no extra charge. This can be done right up until event weekend by contacting us at the 2018 County Gran Fondo Package Pick-Up at the Isaiah Tubbs Resort from Friday, Sep 7th (5-10 pm.) till Saturday, Sep 8th (6-7 am.). Isaiah Tubbs Resort is located on West Lake at 1642 County Road 2.
You can also change your distance from a shorter distance to a longer distance at the cost of the difference in registration price between the two distances. This can be done right up until event weekend by contacting us at the Information Desk on July 7th and 8th.
Can I pick up my registration information Saturday morning?
Yes, between 6 -7 am you may pick-up your rider package at Isaiah Tubbs Resort.
Will event waivers be available in advance? Can I pick-up a friend’s ride package?
Our policies require that you sign an official 2018 County event waiver in the presence of our staff/volunteers at Package Pick-Up. In other words, event waivers are not available online in advance. As well, this requirement means that you cannot pick up the registration of another rider (i.e. a friend or family member).
I am unable to participate in this year’s event, can I get a refund? Can I sell my entry?
In the event of injury, scheduling conflict, etc., until August 8 (5 p.m. EST) registered riders can roll-over their 2018 registration to the following year (i.e. 2019) for a nominal fee ($75 fee + taxes; service fee included).
In addition to transferring to a different category, a registered rider can also transfer an event entry to another individual using the user account created when you first registered. Please note there is a transfer fee of $30 + tax (processing fee included). A registered rider can transfer an event entry to another individual up until 5 p.m. EST, August 31, 2018.
Can a group register as a team? Can I join a team if I’m already registered?
Yes, indicate your team name when registering if you have one (maximimum number per team is 8). Yes, let us know your team name and we will add it to your profile. Gran Fondo riders can form teams with a maximum of 8 and minimum of 4 riders in one of the following categoires: Female; Male; Mixed (the top 5 finishers of each team must include at least 2 members from each gender). Top Teams in each category receive great prizes from our sponsors. Note, the 4th rider across the finish line determines the 'team time' so working together is in your interest.>
What is included with my Gran Fondo entry fee?* A fully supported ride on some of the most scenic roads in Prince Edward County.
* Official 2018 County Gran Fondo T-shirt.
* Complimentary digital pack of personal event photos
* Full mechanical support throughout the ride.
* Aid and medical stations along the route, complete with food and sports drinks.
* Secure bike parking during post-event celebrations.
* Complimentary barbeque for 2018 riders.
* Official 2018 swag, including a custom specialty item, and more…
* Pre- and post-event activities and entertainment for you and your family.
* A complimentary beverage at the Prince Eddy's Patio upon completing your ride.
What is the minimum rider age for registration?A rider aged between 14 and 18 years of age is considered a youth rider. Rider age is the age of the rider on the day of the event (September 8, 2018). Riders under 14 are not eligible to enter. All youth riders must have: the consent of a parent or guardian; some experience of group riding; a solid understanding of road riding safety and etiquette;their waiver signed by parent/guardian at Package Pick-Up; and present proof of age and photo ID at Package Pick-Up.
Event Weekend & Travel Info
What’s the tentative Schedule of Events?
Participants can pick up their Rider package at the following times: Friday night between 7-9pm at Isaiah Tubbs ONeill pavilion. Saturday morning between 7:00 - 7:45 am at the pavilion (coffee will be served). To be ready to start at 8:00 am, we recommend you arrive to Isaiah Tubs by 7:30am latest. 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Post race party Live music, lunch and refreshments at the finish line pavilion
Can you suggest hotel options?
The Isaiah Tubbs Resort is the official host hotel of the 2018 County Gran Fondo. To reserve a room, please call 800.724.2393 and provide your confirmation number for the Gran Fondo to access the room block. Additional hotel & B&B options - ranging from budget to high-end are available throughout Prince Edward County. We recommend booking your accommodations as soon as possible.
What kind of weather should I expect?
We have planned the event at this time as the summer rush is past and the weather is usually still ideal.
Ride Info and Course Details
What time and where does the ride start on Saturday, September 8th?
All rides start from Isaiah Tubbs Resort at 8AM. We encourage riders to arrive by 7:00am. Start Chute procedures are in effect for this year’s event. Please access the “Speed Zone” that corresponds to your bike plate number, which relates to the expected level of rider you are as indicated on the online registration.
Where can I park on the morning of the ride?
There will be plenty of parking at Isaiah Tubbs Resort. Follow the signs on arrival.
What will be available at the on-course Aid Stations?
There will be at least 3 Aid Stations on the course. All Aid Stations will be stocked with: fruit (bananas, oranges, watermelon), pretzels, water, sports drinks, etc). Special treats will add variety to the later Aid Stations. Several Aid Stations include toilet facilities.
Do I have to bring a spare tube? Are there mechanics on the course?
If our mechanical crew finds you by the side of the road with a flat tire, we will fix your flat and get you on your way. Our team will attempt to fix more complicated mechanical problems and will only charge you for the parts they use (chain, derailleur, etc.). We encourage you to come prepared with basic tools and supplies to change a flat tire, as availability of neutral support will depend on the number of riders in need of mechanical support at any given time.
I’m traveling with friends who do not ride, but would like to volunteer for the event? Can they still volunteer?
Yes, we welcome folks to join our voli-crew team to support riders. Contact our voli co-ordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org .
What will be available at the Finish Area?
Water, food, washrooms will be available at the finish area. Riders can then proceed to the BBQ area to receive their complimentary burger (beef, chicken or veggie), and then onto the Prince Eddy’s Patio for their complimentary beverage (for riders 19 and older).
On-stage entertainment, picnic tables and shade will all be available in the Pavilion Area. Awards will begin at 2 p.m.
Results, Updates, & Photos
Where will results be posted?
2018 results will be posted on our results page by Monday, September 17.
Will I be able to follow the action on social media?
Twitter: @countygranfondo using the Twitter hashtag #CountyGF
Where will I be able to view/purchase event photos following the ride?
Participants can access photos from the website and through a link sent post-event.