Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. When is the Mammoth Gran Fondo?
A. Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 7am (Gran Fondo) and 8:30am (Medio & Piccolo).
Q. What route options are available?
A. There are three route options available for individual riders, teams, or tandem bikes: 102 Mile Gran Fondo, 70 Mile Medio, and 42 Mile Piccolo
Q. Can I ride an e-bike?
A. Yes, we love e-bikes, but with a few rules; 1) You must be self-sufficient, meaning MGF will not provide SAG support for these bikes. If you plan to ride an e-bike, please make sure your route choice is appropriate for your battery life. If you choose to do the Gran Fondo, please note that 70+ miles of this route is closed to vehicles and our support staff will not be equipped to help you. 2) Be courteous with your speed and riding style.
Q. Interested in Volunteering?
This event could not happen without the help of volunteers! Click here to learn more and to sign-up to volunteer.. There are tons of opportunities to volunteer before, during, and after the event and you can earn a free entry!
Q. Can I change my mind on my distance?
Yes. Distance change forms will be on hand at packet pick-up. Refunds for going from Gran Fondo to Medio/Piccolo distance will not be issued. An upcharge from Medio and Piccolo will occur.
Q. Where do I check-in and pick-up my registration packet?
Q. What roads are closed?
The closure starts on Highway 120 just after the turn off to the Rufa towers and continues until Browns Campground on Benton Crossing Road. The closure is in effect from 8am until 1pm. There could be some light vehicle traffic on the road with law enforcement, SAG vehicles, and other vehicles not subject to the "thru" road closure. More information on road closure can be found here.
Q. Can I start early?
Riders who start early will not be timed and will not appear in the results. Early riders also run the risk of rest stops not being open, meaning they could potentially be unsupported for the duration of their ride depending on their speed. We DO NOT recommend starting early.
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! Every rest stop has something special. 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. We will also have a Gluten Free items available at the post ride party - please be sure to request when getting your meal.
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. Is there cell phone service along the route?
Generally the cell phone service is pretty bad along our routes. We like to use old school communication! If you need assistance, please tell another rider to send the message up course or flag down a support vehicle. We ask our riders to be team players and always willing to help out others.
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 within a few days of the finish.
Q. What are the finisher gifts?
This year's finisher gift is a commemorative camp mug. They will be distributed as riders cross the finish line.
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!
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!
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