Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. When is the Mammoth Gran Fondo bike ride?
A. Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 7am (Gran Fondo) and 8:30am (Medio & Piccolo).
Q. What route options are available?
A. There are three route options available: 102 Mile Gran Fondo, 70 Mile Medio, and 42 Mile Piccolo
Q. What happened to the Mammoth Fall Century or High Sierra Fall Century?
A. Following a major trend in the recreational cycling events world, we have transitioned the 25 year old High Sierra Fall Century into the Mammoth Gran Fondo. Converting to the Fondo format gives all of our 102 mile riders the same high-end Fondo experience including great support, rest and food stops, on-course SAG, a great after-ride buffet meal and party and timed results for age, gender and for the whole Fondo field. Although almost everyone has a cycling computer, it is still a lot of fun to see how you did versus everyone else on the ride and at $89, this has to be one of the best deals anywhere in the high-end Century or Gran Fondo world. We'll do our best to give you a world-class Fondo experience in Mammoth Lakes and the amazing Eastern High Sierra mountains!
Q. Interested in Volunteering?
This event could not happen without the help of volunteers! Volunteer registration will open on May 1st, 2018. There are tons of opportunities to volunteer in the days preceding and after the event and you can earn a free entry!
Q. Where do I check-in and pick-up my registration packet?
A. Check-in begins and registration packets will be available for pick-up at The Village at Mammoth in Mammoth Lakes from 5:00pm to 8:00pm Thursday, September 6th and 9:00am through 8:00pm Friday night, September 7th. You may also check-in and pick-up your registration packet on Saturday morning, September 8th. If you do need to check-in on Saturday morning, go to the starting area in "The Village" in Mammoth Lakes between 6:00am-6:45am for Gran Fondo riders. If you are riding the Medio: 70 Mile and Piccolo: 42 Mile routes, you will check-in at "The Village" in Mammoth Lakes between 6:00am-8:15am. All riders for all ride routes are asked to gather at The Village in Mammoth Lakes after their rides for the after-ride party, gourmet buffet-meal and Mammoth Gran Fondo Expo.
Q. What roads are closed?
Click here for information on the road closures for the event.
Q. May I start the ride before the official start time?
A. We suggest that you start at the designated start time to take advantage of the CHP and Police traffic blocking, however you are welcome to start earlier if you choose. If you start earlier than the designated times, you may find the rest stops are not ready for you. Please refer to the rest stop guide to see the designated open/close times of the rest stops.
Q. Will there be something to eat and drink?
A. Yes, tons of great selections including a light lunch at the Black Lake and Watterson stops this year! Don't miss out on the "Bacon Buffet" at Sagehen Summit. For all of the details on what will be offered click here.
Q. Will there be any Gluten-Free foods at the rest stops and after-ride meal?
A. We make a concerted effort to accommodate our gluten free riders! Each rest stop will have a GF items. Click here to see the offerings for 2018. We will also have a Gluten Free items available at the post ride party. Check-in with a volunteer and request!
Q. I want to bring my dog to the event. Do you offer dog sitting services?
We have partnered with Sierra Dog Ventures who provide fantastic dog walking services and adventure camps for your dog! Be sure to check out all of their services by clicking here!
Q. Are my ride pictures really free?
A. They really are free! No matter which ride route you are doing, we'll have photographers at several locations on the course taking your picture. You will be able to download digital versions of your pictures at Captivating Sports Photos' website HERE - just search for your event.
Q. What will the weather be like and how will it affect my ride?
A. Well.....if we could tell you that precisely, we probably be hanging out on a big yacht in the Caribbean. Actually, even if we were that rich, we'd still be in Mammoth because it is one of the most beautiful places on the planet and we love it here. Anyway, to answer your question.....weather in Mammoth and Mono County is often beautiful, but can be challenging too. After-all you will be in the big mountains at high elevation so you should come prepared for anything from cold mornings in the 40's to warm afternoons in the high 70's. Rain is possible and wind is almost always a factor to some degree as it is with almost any bike ride anywhere at anytime. Have the conditions been challenging some years - yep! Have they been spectacularly beautiful other years - definitely! Either way, that is all part of a great bike ride and this one takes place in one of the most beautiful spots on Earth. No matter what, you'll have fun and you'll have great stories to tell, not to mention a great sense of accomplishment from completing this ride!
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