Tour of KC Gran Fondo
Saturday, May 27th
3801 SW Longview Rd.
LEE’S SUMMIT, MO 64081
6:30am Registration Opens – 8:00am Ride Start
The 2015 Tour of KC Gran Fondo was a great success and we are looking forward to an even better event in 2016. We had hundreds of riders take to the roads last year. After the ride, we had a great turnout for our after-party at Next Door Pizza.
The 2016 Tour of Kansas City Gran Fondo will once again start and finish at New Longview in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. We will be utilizing the same route as last year, an out-and-back route utilizing the first 1/2 of the 2014 route.
Official route options include 20, 40, 60, 75, and 100 miles. Riders have the option of turning around at any point on the route to return to the start for varying mileage.
Once riders arrive at the finish, they can join the rest of the Gran Fondo participants at the after-party. We have partnered with LongBell Pizza Co. to provide riders with pizza after the ride. They will also be serving beverages and riders can order additional menu items if they choose. Riders will receive a generous 25% discount on food as well as happy hour drink specials. In addition, riders will receive a $3 voucher from TKC to put towards their tab as well! It all adds up to a great deal!
The after-party will be located directly on the finish line; kickback, relax, enjoy a cold beverage, and cheer on your fellow riders as they finish their rides.
Due to the holiday weekend we are not having an early packet pickup. Riders can pick up their timing chips and numbers on the morning of the event at the registration table.
Early registration is open through April 11th and is only $40. Starting April 12th, online registration is $45. Onsite registration will be $50. So sign-up early and save!
Event is rain or shine, no refunds. As this event serves as a non-profit fundraiser, in the unlikely event that the event is cancelled due to severe weather, all entrants’ entry fees will be converted over to a annual membership in MOBikeFed.
It’s just a step up above your ordinary ride: A challenging ride that combines the best elements of epic recreational rides and scenic touring rides with the color and flash of a great road race.
Ever envisioned yourself riding a stage of the Tour de France or Tour of Missouri, rolling across the countryside with your teammates, crossing the finish line before a cheering crowd, seeing your finish time flash on the screen?
That’s the Gran Fondo experience–the thrill of riding a Grand Tour stage, now open to anyone.
Fondos attract the entire gamut of cyclists–from touring cyclists to long-distance aficionados to serious racers and roadies, to those who just enjoy a 15 mile Saturday jaunt. It attracts riders who are interested in the scenery, food and support that is a step above the ordinary, friendly competition and working for a personal best–or just enjoying the scenery with friends.
Fondos have become among the largest and most popular rides in Europe, and more recently in America, because they bring together all types of cyclists to enjoy single, amazing, common experience on a ride. And by all type of cyclists, we mean, literally all: From hard core-racers to distance enthusiasts to fitness buffs to those who enjoy a pleasant ride in the countryside with friends.
And all ability levels: From those just starting out who want just a taste of a challenge, perhaps completing their first 25-mile cross-country ride, to those who want to set a personal best on a 50, 70, or 100 mile route.
Kansas City’s first Gran Fondo ride features an amazing, challenging, fast, timed ride on the beautiful rural roads along the historic Rock Island Railroad route through eastern Jackson County and northern Cass County. Routes range from the Mini Fondo at just 25 miles to the Gran Fondo at 100 miles.
All routes are chip timed–both the entire ride and also certain time trial or “King of the Mountain” segments. But remember: It’s a ride, not a race. Timing is for fun and to encourage you to do your personal best, not to compete against others.