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Prologue hill climb Time Trial
Quite possibly unique in the Gran Fondo and Century bike riding world, is the inaugural Prologue Hill Climb Time Trial the day before the Mammoth Gran Fondo!
Not many recreational riders have ever gotten to ride a true time trial. Well, here is your chance! This is an authentic Time Trial for everyone. We know there will be some healthy competition for this event, but EVERYONE is welcome to give it a shot and, most importantly, it will be about fun....and maybe some bragging rights with your friends! With results classified by age, gender and overall times, you can see how you "stack up" against your friends and everyone else who wants to have their own personal "race of truth!"
At 3pm on Friday, September 11th, riders of all abilities can test themselves against Mammoth Mountain in a true Prologue Time Trial. Starting at the junction of Highways 203 and 395 with a complete Time Trial starting ramp and individual timing, participants will leave the starting area in short intervals and climb 7.8 miles and through the Town of Mammoth Lakes, past "The Village" where the Mammoth Gran Fondo will take place the following day and on up Minaret Road to the Main Lodge of Mammoth Mountain Ski Area. Although the gradient is moderate, this is an uphill Time Trial with 1624 feet of total elevation gain.
Prologue Hill Climb Time Trial finishers will cross under the Gondola cables at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area's Main Lodge and turn right into the parking lot at the Mammoth Mountain Inn crossing the finishing line to the cheers of earlier finishers and festive fans! The Prologue Time Trial is open to everyone and will include an after-ride party and awards ceremony Friday night. Give it a try and test yourself against your friends and the mountain!
So.....Put your miles in, practice your climbing and try to get here a day or two ahead of time, check-out some of our local training rides and acclimate to the altitude. Then get ready to have the ride of your life! Oh, and don't forget riding gear for any kind of weather from cool mornings in the low 40's to afternoons in the 80's with the possibility of thunderstorms. You'll be in the BIG mountains. Be prepared.....to have fun!