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Aug. 19RIDERGUIDE What you need to know for riding the Inaugural GranFondo Cannondale Vail! 
VAIL, CO August 19, 2012 Dates GranFondo Cannondale Vail takes place over the weekend of August 18 & 19. With Expo and Packet Pick up on the 18th and the ride itself taking place on the 19th!EXPO AND PACKET PICK UP / AUGUST 18 & 19Athletes will need to join us on August 18th between 10AM and 6PM to visit all of our sponsor booths as well aspick up their rider packet for the ride. Expo and Packet pick up will be located Rider Packets Include:in the Lionshead Square area of Vail. Please •Athlete Bib Numberhead to the Vail parking garage at 450 S •Wrist BandFrontage Road West, Vail, CO. Rider Packets •Timing Chipwill be located inside the Visitor’s Center on the •Route Cueslower level of this parking garage. Entrance •Jerseylocated off E. Lionshead Cir. •Goody Bag Rider Packets will be available during thefollowing times: King and Queen of the Mountain prizes will SATURDAY 8/18 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM be determined by chip timing. If you are SUNDAY 8/19 5:00 AM - 6:30 AM interested in competing for KOM or QOM you must wear a timing chip for the duration of the All athletes will be required to sign an ride. Timing chips will only be active for theEVENT WAIVER and show their photo ID in State Bridge Climb for the full distance riders.order to pick up their packet. Athletes must pick Parking ! FREE PARKING available by theup their own packet! Town of Vail in the parking garage located at: 450 S Frontage RD West, Vail, CO 
Spectators / Families Did you know the town of Vail has a free shuttle service that can take you around town and transport you between Lionshead Square and Vail Village? While you are waiting for your athlete on Sunday make sure to check out the Vail Farmer’s Market on E. Meadows Dr. 400 E Lionshead Cir. Vail, COStart / Finish Line Location Lionshead is best known for the Eagle Bahn Gondola that whisks The Finish Line Area will be open as early as 6:00 AM. When the rideskiers, mountain bikers and other visitors to the top of the mountain year starts at 7:00 AM, Town of Vail Police will escort riders out of Lionsheadround. However Lionshead Square is home to world class condominiums, and down S. Frontage Rd West until they reach a bike path that will leadhotels, shopping and restaurants. It is a vibrant village within the Town of riders onto US 6. Once on US 6. Colorado State Patrol will lead the mainVail. peloton through the Town of Avon. GranFondo Cannondale Vail will take place amongst the pedestrian Please note that the bike path may have pedestrians and nonmall that makes up Lionshead Square and take advantage of its beautiful GranFondo riders, please use caution! All portions of the ride requiresurroundings. On Sunday August 19th the ride will start at 7:00 AM from riders to follow the Rules of the Road. You are responsible for your ownroughly 400 E. Lionshead Circle, the entrance to Lionshead Square. All safety as well as the safety of the riders around you, remain alert at allriders and spectators will have free parking available in the parking garage times!adjacent to the starting line and should be ready to roll right at 7:00 AM. POST RIDE CELEBRATIONS PIAZZA GRANFONDO Blue Moose Presents Once you are done with your ride head into Lionshead Square to the Blue Moose, Vail’s favorite pizzeria! The Blue Moose will be the official hosts of Piazza GranFondo and will take care of your post race refueling needs! They will host a GranFondo Menu free for athletes and draft beer specials to help support SOS Outreach! 
GranFondo Cannondale Course & King and Queen of the Mountain Looking to be crowned the best climber in GranFondoCannondale Vail? Want to earn prizes and schwag from Cannondale?Make sure you pick up a timing chip for your ride and we will recordyour time as you climb up the Category 2 climb at State Bridge. State Bridge is a ﬁve mile climb starting at mile 85 of the ride. This hill will be an awesome test of your climbing abilities! Maxing at with an 8.9% KOM & grade this is a marquee test for all cyclists QOM tested on in the Vail Valley. Elevations start at a State Bridge staggering 6500 feet and rise to over 8200 Climb feet over a ﬁve mile distance. 
GranFondo Route CuesSTART Head NW on E Lionshead Cir toward S Frontage Rd W0.1 mi Turn left onto S Frontage Rd W and Head West2.28 mi At the traffic circle, continue straight to stay on S Frontage Rd W3.48 mi Road Ends / Enter Bike Path5.48 mi Bike Path Joins US 6. Head NW on US-6 W7.78 mi At the traffic circle, continue straight to stay on US-6 W8.84 mi At the traffic circle, continue straight to stay on US-6 W18.7 mi Head Northwest on US-6 W toward CO-131 N19.8 Energy Station #1 Yacht Club Grill Energy Station21.53 mi Head West on US-6 W toward Bearden Rd26 mi Head West on US-6 W toward Diamond Ranch Rd/Diamond Star Rd29.11 mi Slight right to stay on US-6 W36.47 mi Head northwest on US-6 W toward Trail Gulch Rd36.68 mi At the traffic circle, continue straight to stay on US-6 W43.07 mi Turn right onto Colorado River Rd43.4 Energy Station #2 on Left Side of CO River Road54.61 mi Head North on Colorado River Rd60.57 mi Turn right to stay on Colorado River Rd61.4 Energy Station #3 Pinball Rec Site65.74 mi Head East on Colorado River Rd toward 8548/8548A77.8 mi Energy Station #4 Turn right onto CO-131 S/Lincoln StContinue to follow CO-131 S79.06 mi Head South on CO-131 S85.77 mi Bottom of State Bridge Climb / KOM & QOM90.7 mi Energy Station #5 Top of State Bridge Climb / KOM & QOM99.22 mi Turn left onto US-6 E99.4 Energy Station #6 Yacht Club Grill109.88 mi Enter the traffic circle109.9 mi Exit the traffic circle onto US-6 E113.5 mi Turn left onto Bike Path114.07 mi Head East114.85 mi Head Northeast115.26 mi Continue straight onto S Frontage Rd W116.35 mi Slight right to stay on S Frontage Rd W116.38 mi At the traffic circle, continue straight to stay on S Frontage Rd W118.22 mi Head North on S Frontage Rd W toward W Lionshead Cir118.6 mi Head South on E Lionshead Cir118.7 mi FINISH LINE On E Lionshead Cir. 
MedioFondo Vail Course MedioFondo Athletes will start alongside the GranFondo riders starting out of lionshead Square at 7:00 AM. Athletes will ride an out and back course ofﬁcially equalling 56.75 miles. Riders will see two aid stations, one close to the junction of US 6 and 131 riders will have the opportunity to stop at twice. The second aid station will be at the rider’s turn around point at the top of State Bridge. There will be a 25 mile marker for those wishing only to ride 50 miles total. ExperienceVail Valley byMedioFondo 
MedioFondo Route CuesAT DIRECTIONSTART Head NW on E Lionshead Cir toward S Frontage Rd W0.1 mi Turn left onto S Frontage Rd W0.31 mi Head West on S Frontage Rd W2.28 mi At the traffic circle, continue straight to stay on S Frontage Rd W3.48 mi Road Ends / Enter Bike Path5.48 mi Bike Path Ends Head NW on US-6 W7.78 mi At the traffic circle, continue straight to stay on US-6 W8.84 mi At the traffic circle, continue straight to stay on US-6 W18.7 mi Head northwest on US-6 W toward CO-131 S/Bellyache Ridge Rd19.8 Energy Station #1 Yacht Club Grill Energy Station19.69 mi Turn right onto CO-131 N20.86 mi Head north on CO-131 N toward Red Mountain Rd23.16 mi Head north on CO-131 N toward 855524.7 mi Head northeast on CO-131 towards Alkai Creek Rd25.01 mi U Turn on CO-131 S toward Alkali Creek Rd26.36 mi Head southwest on CO-131 S28.53 Mi Energy Station # 2 Top of State Bridge Climb30.34 mi Turn left onto CO-131 S/US-6 EContinue to follow US-6 E36.53 mi Head east on US-6 E37.24 Mi Energy Station #3 Yacht Club Grill Energy Station47.9 Mi At the traffic circle, continue straight to stay on US-6 E48.95 Mi At the traffic circle, continue straight to stay on US-6 E51.3 Mi At Kayak Crossing Cross over US 6 before turning Right onto Bike Path Continue East on Bike Path53.33 Mi Exit Bike Path & Continue straight onto S Frontage Rd W54.45 Mi At the traffic circle, continue straight to stay on S Frontage Rd W56 Mi Head east on S Frontage Rd W toward E Lionshead Cir56.65 mi Turn right onto E Lionshead Cir56.75 mi FINISH LINE On E Lionshead Cir. 
Energy Stations SIGNAGE Energy Stations are located throughout the ride. There are Five stations placed around the GranFondo Course. For the MedioFondo course there are two energy stations, one will be passed twice. 1c GranFondo Locations 1.Mile 19.8, Yacht Club Grill on US 6 2.Mile 43.4, Us Forest Parking Lot 3.Mile 61.4, Pinball Rec Site 4.Mile 77.8, CO River RD & 131 Junction 5.Mile 90.7, Top of State Bridge Climb 6.Mile 99.45, Yacht Club Grill on US 6 MedioFondo Locations 1.Mile 19.8, Yacht Club Grill on US 6 2.Mile 28.53, Top of State Bridge Climb 3.Mile 37.24, Yacht Club Grill on US 6 Weather and Gear Colorado is known for its ever changing weather. August can present hot, cold, dry and wet weather all in one day. Make sure you know what the forecast is for2c August 19th and plan accordingly with proper riding gear for all conditions you might encounter! Poor Mobile Service The Colorado River RD has little to know mobile phone service please be aware. There will be roaming SAG vehicles there to help any stranded cyclists, please make your way towards the nearest aid station if possible for further assistance. Signage Pictured to the left and below are examples of the signage you will ﬁnd on course. Look out for these GranFondo Signs to alert you to upcoming course changes or caution points. 
MPH on these descents. Slower riders pleaseRules of the Road remain to the right. Please ride within your skill CO RIVER RD. All cyclists must obey the rules of the road level and ability.and all trafﬁc laws. Law enforcement ofﬁcials willbe at key intersections and trafﬁc circles and will Bike Valetgive instructions to both cyclists and motorists Once you have completed the ride, we willplease remain alert and follow all instructions have special bike parking for all riders. You areand road signs or signals. Violators will be not allowed to ride your bike through Lionsheadsubject to ticketing, ﬁnes or removal from the Square, if you take your bike into the squareevent. All riders are responsible for knowing all please walk your bike. Bikes are not allowed inColorado trafﬁc laws. dining areas.Safe Riding Post Race Dining Riders should call out or signal potential The Blue Moose is hosting as the Piazzaroad hazards for riders behind them. There are GranFondo and is providing the post race diningthree rail road crossings as well as one cattle experience. Riders will receive a Pizza, a soda orguard crossing. Please use caution and cross draft beer and a fantastic Blue Moose cookie!these hazards perpendicularly to the hazard. Families looking to eat with their athletes can order off the menu or purchase the BlueDirt Road on Course Mooses GranFondo special. Colorado River Road includes roughly 17miles of dirt road. This section is very hard Parkingpacked however there are still bumps along the 450 S Frontage RD West, Vail, COway, please remain alert and ride safely.Technical Descents Once you have reached the top of climbssuch as State Bridge please use caution on thedecent. Cyclists can hit speeds in excess of 40 Dirt Doesn’t Hurt! The Colorado River Road is a stretch that is less The Ride of traveled but truly shows your life, a some of the most beautiful celebration to scenery Colorado has to offer. Following the CO compliment! River, this road has about 17 miles of dirt which locals regularly ride. It has some amazingly smooth sections but as you might expect look for bumps along the way! 
August 19, 2012 Questions? If we haven’t been able to answer your question here please let us know! Drop us an email!! firstname.lastname@example.org Need to reach us by phone: Call GranFondo Vail RD at: 720-984-1761WHY GRANFONDO?You have so many choices when riding, what is GranFondo and why should you join us!? Gran Fondos are long distance, mass- GranFondo USA started in San Diegoparticipation cycling events – not races – that creating America’s ﬁrst Gran Fondo series withare immensely popular in Italy. Participation is stops in San Diego, Los Angeles, Philadelphiaopen to recreational and competitive amateur and Miami in 2011. In 2012, GranFondocyclists, and tens of thousands of riders of all Cannondale expands and includes rides in Sanabilities participate. Diego, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Miami, and Gran Fondos are often named after famous Vail in the United States. The amazing Europeancyclists of the past, or after companies with a destinations of Bad Kleikirchheim, Valberg - Collong heritage in cycling. Some of the most de la Bonette, Saint Tropez and Mont Ventouxfamous Gran Fondos include the Prosecco have also been added for the creation ofCycling Classic, the Nove Colli and the Felice GranFondo World. Check back with us forGimondi. updates and new locations coming soon! Some cyclists enter for the challenge andsatisfaction of making it to the ﬁnish line; others Stay in Touchwant to push themselves and their friends; and Visit us online:some ride to win! www.granfondo-world.com Regardless, every GranFondo World event Twitter: @grandondois an unforgettable cycling experience! www.facebook.com/granfondo