There is A LOT to say about what we're doing this year and we are way excited about this year’s event!
First, we have a new name - the Mammoth High Sierra Fall Century and Gran Fondo. Second, We have added a "Gran Fondo" option to our ride offering this year which will include timing chips and ride results based on age and gender versus the rest of the Gran Fondo riders. Bring your friends and see who is the fastest on this amazing route!
At $85 for a single rider (if you register by 8/22/13), this may be the most affordable Gran Fondo ride you’ll ever participate in, but that doesn’t mean we are skimping on the quality of the experience you’ll have. We’ve added an extra aid station, for a total of six, and in addition to all of the basics you need and expect like water, energy gels, electrolyte drinks, cola, fresh fruit, potatoes, bagels, trail mix, pretzels, cream cheese and peanut butter, there will be a unique “signature snack” at each rest stop. Each stop will also have a unique musical theme to keep this rolling party rocking and we’ll provide a light lunch midway through the ride at the Black Lake rest stop located at Highway 120 and Benton Crossing Road to keep you fueled and ready to ride.
Century riders will ride the same route with the same stops, snacks and light lunch as the Gran Fondo riders, Century riders just won’t have chip timing and timed results and they will pay $15 less - everything else will be the same though.
Both the new Gran Fondo route and our Century route will now start and finish at "The Village" in the town of Mammoth Lakes with all of the fanfare of a rockin' bike party including an actual start and finish line with an announcer, timed results for Gran Fondo riders, mass starts with traffic control for all Gran Fondo and Century Bike riders to get them safely out of the town of Mammoth Lakes, a great after-ride party at "The Village" in Mammoth, an awesome after-ride buffet, free pictures of each rider from every ride route length, entertainment and the Kamikaze BIke Games expo.
Our fantastic 60, 45 and 30 Mile routes will still start and finish as they always have at the Whitmore Ball Fields and these routes continue to include some of the best sections of the Mammoth High Sierra Fall Century and Gran Fondo rides. After completing their rides, 60, 45 and 30 mile riders will join the Gran Fondo and 100 Mile Century bike riders at The Village in Mammoth Lakes for the afore-mentioned after-ride party and an awesome buffet, their free ride pictures, live entertainment and the Kamikaze BIke Games expo. Lots of nearby parking will be available with easy access to The Village.
Head to Mammoth a few days early and “acclimate where the locals ride!” This year, our local Mammoth-based road cycling club, Eastside Velo will be hosting daily training and acclimation rides on some of the best road cycling routes in the Mammoth Lakes area and Mono County. This is an opportunity to get used to high altitude riding, meet some great new cycling friends and see why Mammoth is an amazing place to ride road bikes. Check out it out here Training Rides.
If you're looking for a place to stay or camp, we have lodging discounts and plenty of resources at this link Lodging & Camping.
And....we are now part of the Kamikaze Bike Games in Mammoth Lakes. This is exciting because the Kamikaze Bike Games is an update and revival of some very cool cycling stuff that happened in Mammoth Lakes years ago. Mammoth has a long history of cycling (both road and mountain) and some of the bike events that took place here over the years including the Whiskey Creek Stage Races, the National Off-Road Bicycle Association (NORBA) Championships and the Kamikaze Bike Races on Mammoth Mountain were pretty fantastic. Well, that in new and different forms, is all on its way back during a five-day period starting this September 4th through 8th in Mammoth. The Mammoth High Sierra Fall Century and Gran Fondo bike ride is now one of the key components of the Mammoth Kamikaze Bike Games week. Check back on our site frequently at www.FallCentury.org for updates and you can also check the Kamikaze Bike games website regularly for updates here Kamikaze Bike Games.
Finally, you can feel good about participating in this year’s Mammoth High Sierra Fall Century and Gran Fondo because all net profits from this event and the Mammoth Kamikaze Bike Games will go to the Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation to support local schools and youth education as well as youth sports development programs in Mammoth Lakes. Find out more about our charitable activities at this link We Support