We will start the event at the Badlands Community centre which is about 300m east of the world’s largest dinosaur.
Gran Fondo Badlands **NEW** Start/Finish Times
140/160KM participants will line up at 7:45 a.m.
50/75/100km participants will line up at 8:00 a.m.
This staggered start will allow the longer distance participants a bit of a head start, and to help alleviate back-log at the ferry.
Friday June 23 – from 9 am-1 pm – TCR (1817 10th Avenue SW, Calgary)
ALSO: from 6 pm-8:30 pm at Badlands Community Centre, Drumheller, AB (start/finish line)
Saturday, June 24 (prior to event start) – Badlands Community Centre in Drumheller (start/finish line)
Waivers for participants under the age of 18 years must be signed by a parent at package pickup.
DOWNLOAD Waiver here ReleaseWaiver2017.
PLEASE NOTE: The first aid station is located prior to boarding the ferry (at 23km). If you are racing for your own personal best or are worried you may not make the event cut-off time of 4:30 pm, do not spend much time here but GET ON THE FERRY sooner rather than later. We don’t want you feeling stressed if there is a bit of a backlog of cyclists waiting to cross. The second aid station is approximately 20 km after the crossing, so don’t worry – you can eat and drink there!
We fully expect that there will be a line up to get on the ferry, but rest assured that the friendly ferry operator will do everything he can to get as many people over in as short a time as possible. It is a 10 minute round trip, so just relax and enjoy the scenery. There is a short steep grade immediately after disembarking so make sure you are in your easiest gear before you get to the other side. This is also where the first KOM/QOM starts – be prepared!
The course closes for EVERYONE at 4:30 p.m. This gives you 8.5 hours (if you start riding at 8:00 am) to complete whatever distance you have chosen to ride. If you have not finished by that time please be prepared to ride in the sag wagon.
All riding distances are approximate. We have done our best to ensure that each distance is accurate but based on the routes chosen, especially for the 50 and 75 km, it is sometimes difficult to be exact. Rest assured if you are riding the Gran Fondo you will ride a full 100 miles/162 km (based on our GPS). We know how you hate to be short-changed!
REMEMBER, THIS IS NOT A RACE. Having said that … if you have a GPS and an account on Strava, please feel free to share your statistics on our FaceBook page so other participants can ooh and ahh over the results.
Aid Station 2 is located at the town of Nacmine (prior to re-entering the town of Drumheller). Aid Station 3 “BACONSAURUS STATION” is located at the Last Chance Saloon in Wayne. Aid Stations 4 and 5 are located at the Dorothy Community Centre (Highway 10 east).
Thanks to McDonald’s Drumheller for sponsoring Aid Station 1! This station is located approximately 23km from the start prior to crossing the Red Deer River at the Bleriot Ferry.
Aid Station 6 – Thanks to Tim Horton’s Drumheller, sponsor for Aid Station 6! This station is located at a highway pull-out approximately 2km west of the Hoodoo look-out (and about 14 km before the finish).
Aid Station 2 is located at the town of Nacmine (prior to re-entering the town of Drumheller).
Aid Station 3 “BACONSAURUS STATION” is located at the Last Chance Saloon in Wayne.
Aid Stations 4 and 5 are located at the Dorothy Community Centre (Highway 10 east).
PLEASE NOTE: The 162km turnaround is NOT an official aid station (you will have 50km left to ride to the start/finish from this point). This turnaround is 14km past the Dorothy Aid Station so if you require water/nutrition to get to the turnaround then ensure you stop at Dorothy, otherwise you will be riding 28km round trip back to this aid station. The decision is in your hands. Too many cyclists have blown by this aid station in the past and have run into problems … just sayin’.
Portable toilets located at every aid station.
Showers are available for $2 in the community centre afterwards – bring your own towel.
The Badlands Community Centre (80 Veterans Way) has limited parking. Neighbouring residential streets have ample parking. Please do not park in No Parking designated areas – we take no responsibility for parking tickets!
To view map: Parking Map
NEW LOCATION: Badlands Community Centre (80 Veterans Way. This is the start/finish line)
Package pick up is available this evening (Friday, June 23, 2017) from 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Beer/wine is available for $5/beer/glass of wine, $20 bottle of wine
Dinner at 7:15 pm – 8:30 pm
Enjoy a great dinner while mingling with your friends (and checking out the competition)! Also important updates will be announced (if any).
If you are attending this dinner and have any allergies or food preferences, please let me know by contacting us as soon as possible.
Post Event Lunch – 11:30 am – 5:30 pm
BEER/WINE is available for purchase $5 each
Our new sponsor Velofix is excited to be supporting GFB this year! Velofix is a mobile bike shop that comes right to your home or office to service your bike. Book your appointment online, they show up when it’s convenient for you, and you’re back out riding the same day. Velofix will be supporting the GFB again this year, offering free basic adjustments at the start of the event and helping to keep riders going while on course.
As always, the awesome Cory Fagan and other TCR SportLab mechanics, along with Velofix, will be the roving bike support vehicles. They are equipped with tools, tubes, tires, bike pumps and other items to assist cyclists with minor repairs which may be required while on the course. Please note that if there are any major repairs necessary to a bike, the mechanics may not have the required tools or parts to assist you, but they will do their best to get you to the finish line.
In the event your bike cannot be repaired on course, we have sag wagons available to transport you and your bike back to the finish line.
Paramedics will also be on the course should medical assistance be required. As well, there will be limited first aid supplies at each aid station.
If additional medical assistance is required, participants should notify a volunteer at the closest aid station and they will telephone for further help. However, all participants should be carrying their own cell phone in case of emergency and should dial 9-1-1 if immediate assistance is required.
Entry fees are non-refundable. There will be no refunds under any circumstances.
To transfer your entry to another person, please contact us.
Please note there is a $25 transfer fee, plus applicable tax.
We are pleased to announce our newest addition to the GFB – Granville Island Brewing to our team! Enjoy these refreshing beer choices in our beer garden after your ride:
Hey Day Hefeweizen- A wheat beer, perfect for a hot day, hints of citrus, lemon, and banana off the palate
Seasonal Raspberry Ale- Super popular right now, refreshing, not to sweet- Sold Out at Beer Fest Calgary!Pale Ale- Our classic Pale Ale, cool, refreshing, full of flavour!
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Any plans to segregate the medio fondo distances? If I'm competing against riders finishing 140km in 2:30, I'm giving up :D
Great job Jo, with the Fritz knees this is amazing! Joanne Fritz-Grant