VSGF FAQ page

General

How long is it?

VeloSport Gran Fondo has 3 different distances:

  • Piccolo –     20 Miles (32 KM).
  • Medio –     31 Miles (50 KM).
  • Gran Fondo-     66 Miles (106.2 KM).

What's the schedule at a glance?

Packet pick up TBD

Sunday December 10:

  • 6am opening of packet pick up.
  • 8am start
  • 9am begin of festivities
  • 1pm raffles
  • 1pm close of the course
  • 3pm end of festivities

WHAT ARE THE IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES?

July 25, 2017: opening of registration

August 14, 2017: First price increase

September 22, 2017: Second price increase

November 1, 2017: Third price increase

December 9, 2017: or when it sells out. Registration closes.

December 10, 2017: Event Day – No same day registration

Registration

WHAT IS THE ENTRY FEE FOR 2017?

Registration

Regular

VIP registration

Ultimate registration

July 25th – August 13th

$79.00

$99.00  

$199.00

Registration

Regular registration

VIP registration

Ultimate registration

August 14th – September 21st

$89.00

$109.00  

$214.00

Registration

Regular registration

VIP registration

Ultimate registration

September 22nd – October 31st

$99.00

$119.00  

$229.00

 

Registration

Regular registration

VIP registration

Ultimate registrati

November 1st – December 9th

$109.00

$129.00  

$249.00

 

There is no event day registration.

WHAT IS INCLUDED WITH THE ENTRY?

Gran Fondo participants will receive:

 

REGULAR registration:

*  Drawstring goodie bags.

*  Event t-shirts.

*  Finish line medals.

*  FREE beer ticket. (soft drink for minors)

*  FREE VeloSport Gran Fondo water bottle.

*  FREE raffle ticket.

VIP registration:

* Everything on the Regular registration PLUS:

*  1 Additional water bottle

*   FREE VeloSport Gran Fondo Cycling cap

*   FREE VeloSport Gran Fondo  socks

*   FREE VeloSport Gran Fondo FlexFit Hat

* VeloSport Gran Fondo jersey

ULTIMATE registration:

* Everything on the Regular and VIP registration PLUS:

*  1 additional pair of VeloSport Gran Fondo socks

*  VeloSport Gran Fondo cycling BIBs.

*  Specialized t-shirt.

*  Specialized tote bag.

*  Bike Tech coffee mug.

*  Special lunch menu for you to choose.

* Wine and champagne at Ultimate gazebo location.

* Ultimate gazebo with massages after your ride.

I ALREADY REGISTERED FOR THE GRAN FONDO, BUT I’D LIKE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE MEDIO OR PICCOLO. IS THAT POSSIBLE?

You can transfer your registration at no extra cost until December 1st. Please email us at info@velosportevents.com to request a distance change.

IF I REGISTER FOR THE PICCOLO CAN I LATER SWITCH TO PARTICIPATE IN THE MEDIO OR GRAN FONDO?

You can transfer your registration at no extra cost until December 1st. Please email us at info@velosportevents.com to request a distance change.

IS THERE A MINIMUM AGE FOR PARTICIPANTS?

Riders must be 14 or older to participate.

I CAN’T START. CAN I GET A REFUND OR DO A TRANSFER TO ANOTHER RIDER?

There are no refunds, transfers or deferrals.

Categories

WHAT TYPE OF BIKE CAN I RIDE FOR THE EVENT?

We suggest to use a road bike as it is the best option to ride in groups. Its light weight makes climbing easier. You can also ride a mountain bike, touring bike or single speed (with two brakes),

For safety reasons we do not allow triathlon bikes, time trial bikes, tandems, recumbent bikes, trailers and bike seats.

IS IT TIMED?

Yes, every rider will receive a finisher time and placement.

WHAT ARE THE CATEGORIES?

Top 3 overall male and female.

WHAT ARE THE PRIZES?

Our prices will be donated by our title sponsor Bike Tech in Miami. Top 3 overall Male and Female on the Gran Fondo distance will receive:

3rd. $200 gift card for Bike Tech.

2nd. $300 gift card for Bike Tech

1st. $500 gift card for Bike Tech

Before the race

CAN I PICK UP MY PACKET ON THE MORNING OF THE EVENT?

Yes. Pick up will be limited to 45 minutes day of event. Ride will start promptly at 8:00 AM.

CAN SOMEONE ELSE PICK UP THE PACKET FOR ME?

No. For safety reasons, every participant needs to pick up their package.

START

WHAT DO I HAVE TO WEAR?

We recommend to wear you Gran Fondo Jersey included in our VIP and Ultimate package, your BIB number,  helmets with buckled chin straps must be worn at all times. Also, Keep your bib number on for post event festivities.

Headphones of any kind are not allowed.

WHERE DO I PARK?

Fort Lauderdale beach park has ample parking. It is located 0.3 miles South of D.C. Alexander Park. Please pay by phone or at the meter to avoid any parking tickets.

DO YOU PROVIDE BAG DROP?

No.

DOES GRAN FONDO START IF IT’S RAINING?

Yes, rain or shine unless the event is cancelled by the authorities due to e.g. a severe storm.

HOW DO RIDERS LINE UP AT THE START?

Line up will be according to the speed that you will be riding. We will have a mass start with fast riders first followed by those on group A, B, C and D. D riders will only be allowed to ride the Piccolo and Medio  distance.

To allow as little interference as possible, we encourage beginner and slower riders to line up at the back of the start. With this you will be able to ride your own pace unobstructed.

I’M RIDING THE EVENT WITH MY FRIENDS. CAN WE ALL LINE UP TOGETHER IN THE SAME CORRAL?

We encourage to ride with your friends, after all, you trained together!

DURING THE RACE

HOW MANY AID STATIONS DOES GRAN FONDO HAVE AND WHAT DO THEY PROVIDE?

There will be five aid stations for the Gran Fondo, three for the Medio and one for the Piccolo spread out along the course with solid food and fluids as well as at the finish.

Please note that there will be food or water at the start available. Make sure your bottles are filled and carry a snack that keeps you going for the first part of the ride.

ARE THE ROADS CLOSED FOR TRAFFIC?

Roads are not closed for traffic, however we will have Police support until 1:00 pm in the entire course.  We asked our riders have to obey to traffic laws and ride on the right hand side of the street. Riders have to follow the instructions of police officers and volunteers.

WILL THERE BE RESTROOMS AT THE START/FINISH AND ON THE COURSE?

Yes, start/finish area as well as aid stations are equipped with bathrooms.

IF I HAVE A MECHANICAL ISSUE ON THE COURSE, WHAT DO I DO?

We highly encourage all participants to know basic safety and repair skills, including in particular fixing a flat tire. Be prepared and bring your own pump and extra tubes for your bike. Make sure you bring your bike to your local bike shop or one of our partner bike shops in the weeks leading up to the event.

However, if you are still unable to make the repair, course marshals will accompany riders along all routes. Should you need assistance, just let one of the marshals know and, if a marshall is unable to assist you with the repair, a SAG vehicle will try to repair your bike.

IF I NEED MEDICAL SERVICE, WHAT DO I DO?

IF I HAVE A BAD DAY AND REALIZE I WON’T BE ABLE TO FINISH, WHAT DO I DO?

Gran Fondo will have SAG (Support and Gear) vehicles along the course for any cyclists who are unable to complete the event.

Try to make it to the next or previous aid station, there you will have food, water, volunteers to keep you company. If you are unable to ride to an aid station, there will be police officers controlling traffic at intersections as well as volunteers guiding athletes for turns at intersections, so ride forward or backwards until you see a police officer or volunteer and they will inform the SAG vehicle to pick you up. If you are unable to ride, move off the road and wait along the shoulder of the road until a marshal or police officer or mechanic rides by, they will be on the lookout for stopped cyclists. If you are riding and you see a cyclist on the side of the road who asks for help, when you get to the next police officer or volunteer, report that you saw a stopped cyclist and their approximate location.

IF I NEED MEDICAL SERVICE, WHAT DO I DO?

Please call 911.

I NEVER RODE IN A LARGE GROUP BEFORE. WHAT DO I HAVE TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT?

Group riding is faster as you save about 30% energy in a draft. It takes a bit of skill to get used to riding closely behind someone else’s wheel. Ideally, you find a riding partner to practice. If you live in the Miami and Broward area, you can take advantage of our free training rides for registered participants and practice group riding.

FINISH

WILL THERE BE FOOD AT THE FINISH?

Yes, there will be food and drinks.

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