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RIDE

 

HOW MANY MILES IS ENOUGH?

CHOOSE YOUR FONDO.

ABOUT THE MEDIO

Maybe you're new here. Maybe you're just getting your season off to a solid but moderate start. Maybe sitting still for 100 miles isn't in the cards. Whatever your reason is, we've designed the MEDIO route just for you. With an aid station half(ish) way through, you'll be back in NE MPLS before you know it and in great shape to join the party festivities.

Click here to view the Medio route (Garmin file). 

ABOUT THE GRAN

What's better than riding 40 miles with nearly 2,000 friends? Well, riding 100 miles with nearly 2,000 friends, duh. The Fondo completes a 104 mile loop encompassing urban riding, trails, suburban county roads and makes stops at 3 aid stations along the way. When you arrive back in NE MPLS at our production brewery you'll be received by thousands of party goers and as much Fulton beer as you'll need to recoup. 

Click here to view the Gran route (Garmin file).

MEDIO ROLL OUT TIME: 11AM

GRAN ROLL OUT TIME 9AM

 

AID STOP LOCATIONS

Aid Stop 1 (Gran): Carver, Casey’s Convenience Store (300 Cty. Rd. 40). Sponsored by Chainbreaker.

Aid Stop 2 (Gran): Cologne, Holiday Station (408 Paul Ave. So.). Sponsored by North Star Grand Prix

Aid Stop 3 (Gran) // Stop 1 (Medio): St Therese Church, Deephaven, (18325 Minnetonka Blvd). Sponsored by Grow North.

FAQ

 

You've got questions and we've got answers.

PACKET PICKUP

Registered riders can check in and pick up ride packets at the following locations and times:

Best Option: Friday Night Feast

Location: Fulton NE Production Brewery (Start/Finish/Party Location; 2540 2nd St NE)

Time: Friday, May 11th from 4-8 PM

Option 2: Fulton Taproom

At the Fulton Taproom (414 Sixth Ave N)

Time: Tuesday thru Thursday (May 8-11) 4-8 PM

Option 3: Start Line

At the Fulton NE Production Brewery, (2540 2nd St NE)

Time: Saturday, May 12th, 7 AM - ride start

Please bring a photo ID to confirm your registration and pick up your own packet. 

THE ROUTES & RIDE OUT TIMES

Click here to view the Gran route (Garmin file).

 

  • The Gran route leaves the NE MPLS brewery at 9am.

Click here to view the Medio route (Garmin file). 

  • The Medio route leaves the NE MPLS brewery at 11am.

FINISH & BLOCK PARTY

Be sure to follow the cue cards exactly at the end. The block party starts at 1:00, so there will be party-goers entering from the Lowry end of the block on 2nd as we return. Just follow the cue cards and all will be well.

After you finish:

  • You can check your bike at the bike valet for $3.
  • There is a hosedown station in the grass at the Northeast corner of the brewery grounds.
  • There will be changing stations near the bike valet. 

The block party is going to be a blast, so keep some energy in reserve to hang out, drink beer, and enjoy the music until 9:00. It’s an all-ages event, so bring the family. Due to the layout of the event, we ask that you don’t bring dogs.

The Twitter/Instagram hashtag we’re using is #FultonGranFondo.

OTHER IMPORTANT RIDE INFORMATION

  • Ride pre-registration cutoff is Friday, 5/11, at midnight. 
  • Medio is 100% pavement; Gran is 99% pavement, with a short stretch of gravel trail in Excelsior (gravel can be avoided by taking streets through Excelsior). 
  • Route is designed to minimize high traffic roads and trails, but since the route is on roads and trails open to the public, riders are expected to observe traffic laws and respect other trail users, motorists, and pedestrians.
  • The ride will be mostly unsupported, so come prepared. There will be aid stations along the route to provide limited food and hydration.
  • Riders will be given cue sheets with route information prior to departure.
  • Ride will be timed on a single clock. It's not a race, but fast finishers will earn bragging rights...and get to the beer sooner. 
  • Ride registration fee also gets you one beer at the block party and commemorative goodies. 
  • The ride is happening, rain or shine; no refunds
  • Bike & bag valet service, hose-off station and plenty of hydration and refreshments are available at the finish, so you can recharge and stay to enjoy the bands & beers. 

    Some tips for the day of the ride, courtesy of the All-City X Fulton Cyclocross team:

    May 12th is going to be amazing! You get to ride your bike all day with some old friends and make some new ones along the way.  After the ride we will enjoy a beverage, share some stories and have a good time. Not much could be better than that but we’ll share a few secrets for you to keep in mind that will help make this experience a good one for everyone.

    Ride your bike, simple enough. Unfortunately that can become much more challenging as we get into the later miles of this journey. Just keep riding and you will do just fine. Eat early and eat often. If this is your first hundred mile ride thank you for coming along with us. You’ll do just fine as long as you keep the pedals turning. Riding at your own pace is also a very good idea.   

    Be nice to everyone, including people in cars. Try not to ride more than two abreast so traffic is free to go around us. We will be on roads with wide shoulders and some with narrow shoulders. Try to stay as far right as possible. Make sure to move over for autos and make sure you follow all traffic signs.

    Overlapping wheels is a good way to have a bad time. Instead, ride in front, behind or directly next to your new buddy. Call or point stuff out if it is big enough to take down your new friend. Pot holes, uneven pavement, roadside rubbish are all things you will want to point out to your fellow riders. When turns are coming up it is always a good idea to let the folks around you know which way you plan to turn.

    Littering is for chumps. You brought it out there you can carry it to the next stop. Food and water will be at the designated rest stops and so will garbage cans. Please use them. Also, if you choose not to use one of these stops to relieve yourself, please do not expose yourself in public.

    There will be some folks out on the course throughout the day wearing All City X Fulton Racing kits. Don’t be afraid to ask any one of these fine folks for help. They will do what they can but there is no sag wagon for this ride. You are responsible for yourself. If for some reason you cannot finish you are responsible for getting yourself back once we start. Cell phones might not have great reception so have a backup plan. We will also be printing cue cards to hand out on the morning of the ride and during reg packet pickup.

    It is going to be amazing! See you soon.       

    -Matt Leizinger & All City X Fulton Racing