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Tour of Kansas City Gran Fondo

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.

What is a Gran Fondo?

A Gran Fondo is 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 rural countryside with friends. And, of course, relaxing with same great food, beer, and parties afterwards while enjoying the Tour of Kansas City races.

A Ride that Brings Together and Challenges
Bicyclists of All Types

cyclistsFondos 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 slowish ride in the country with friends.

And all ability levels. From those just starting out who want just a taste of a challenge, perhaps completing their first 15-mile cross-country ride, to those who want to set a personal best on a 50, 70, or 100 mile route.

We're bringing the experience you might have riding a Gran Fondo or Cyclosportive in New York, Las Vegas, Napa, Golden, or Santa Rosa--or in Italy, France, the United Kingdom, or Australia, right here to Kansas City.

Routes range from the Mini Fondo at just 18 miles to the Gran Fondo at 105 miles: Garmin, GPX, printable PDF cue sheets, and other map formats are available here.

Finish Line Experience

After you ride the Fondo, and as you're completing the final Summit Finish time trial section, we're working to bring you a finish line experience worthy of your ride.

Teams and vendors will be lining the final yards of the climb, cheering you on. You'll ride through the finish line arch, turn your bike into our free valet bicycle parking area, and return to the finish line area where you can cheer other riders, check your overall timing and time trial results, check out the vendors and exhibits, party or just relax with your team or any of the teams or groups riding that day, and enjoy your Gran Fondo Finish Line meal as you watch other riders finish, complimentary with every Gran Fondo registration.

(You can purchase Gran Fondo Finish Line meals for your friends or family members who want to join you at our Summit Finish Line Party when you register for the Gran Fondo or at our online store.)

Timing

cyclists A feature that sets Gran Fondos apart from most recreational or touring rides is the timing. A Gran Fondo is a competitive recreational ride, in that it is timed, with chip timing, from start to finish, in a specified time trial segment, and in a "King of the Mountains" segment at our finish on the top of Twice-As-Tough Hill. Each rider will receive chip timing results for the entire course as well as for the timed segments.

The Fondo is designed for recreational riders looking for a challenging racing style experience and looking to improve their personal best. But it is not a competitive race per se. Roads are not closed. Riders are expected to obey all traffic laws. Riders are expected to be courteous to other riders, motorists, and residents.

SAG Stops and Amenities

cyclists

SAG stops and rider support on the Gran Fondo are a cut above what you'd expect from a ride that is just a little better, a little harder, a little more challenging, a little more competitive than the others.  See Sag Stops.

In Europe, Gran Fondos have become some of the largest and most popular rides, attracting riders ranging from pro racers to cyclotourists to recreational riders to new cyclists. The challenge of the Gran Fondo gives each of them something to work for and get out of the event--scenery, fitness, achievement, camaraderie, and fun at post-ride events.