Start date: 09/24/2023
2023 Alpine Loop // September 24 - Harrisonburg, Virginia
2023 Updates and Announcements Ongoing
Routes will be finalized by May 2023
King and Queen of the Mountains Contest
Finish Line Festival
All routes parade-style start at 8AM.
(E-bikes follow at 8:05AM)
Previous editions of this event have sold out in advance.
There is no on-site registration. Event-wide field limit in effect.
For the latest and most complete event information throughout the season, visit AlpineLoopGranFondo.com
2023 event details will be noted. Unless the update includes the year 2023, please consider it pending update.
Select Route 110+, 100, 78, 62, and 36-Mile options // Routes will be finalized by May 2023
High-quality custom event t-shirt
Rest stops with premium nutrition and hydration stations
Catered finish line meal and non-alcoholic beverages
Expanded finish line festival grounds
First beverage in beer garden* (* Permits pending, must be 21+ and have ID)
Electronic timing, King and Queen of the Mountain Competition (Alpine Loop, Shenandoah Mountain Routes)
Cancer Journey Foundation KOM/QOM Jerseys to 5-year age group winners
Cancer Journey Foundation Sprint Jerseys to winners (2023 categories pending)
“King and Queen of the Hill” recognition for Valley Routes 5-year age group winners
Free on-site parking
Premium finisher token
Custom Event Sock by Ridge Supply
Spectators and family members can purchase optional Finish Line Festival Meals - in advance only.
Event jerseys and other merchandise items can be purchased with event entry or separately as a unique transaction.
USA Cycling permitted event. Riders are NOT required to have a USA Cycling license. License holders are eligible for supplemental insurance coverage.
The event operates with a no refunds policy. There is no vailable to the organizer that would cover cancelations should pandemic circumstances; local or state orders; guidelines; etc. require cancelation or permit revocation. If new health and safety guidelines become required, participants must comply. If the event is forced to cancel, refunds are not guaranteed, no entries will carry over to a future event. Participants are strongly encouraged to purchase event insurance that could cover their non-participation for certain qualifying reasons. You agree to this policy when you register for the event. If you are not comfortable with this policy, do not register. There is no rain date. In the event of extreme weather, routes and mileage may be adjusted. Registrants can transfer their entry to another rider. Entries cannot be transferred/credited to future events.
Riders under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
The Alpine Loop: Mountain Climbs Worthy of a Grand Tour, with the Character and Grit of a Classic
Jeremiah Bishop nicknamed his favorite training route "The Alpine Loop" after the glorious mountain top meadows, winding climbs and hillside farms reminiscent of the Austrian, German and Swiss settings where he has competed. Now this magnificent scenery is the backdrop for an incredible event. The route begins in Harrisonburg, Virginia and covers approximately 110+ miles featuring over 10,000 feet of climbing, including the steep unpaved mountain roads. The Alpine Loop route is not recommended for riders who are aiming to complete their first "century" ride or those who do not have prior experience riding on unpaved roads or major mountain descents.
A Challenging Route for All Riders
The Shenandoah Mountain Century, Shenandoah Mountain Adventure, Mount Solon Metric Century, and Valley View Challenge options encourage and challenge cyclists of all abilities to join in the festivities of the Gran Fondo. At 100, 78, 62 and 36 miles, these courses showcase the ideal scenery that makes Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, Virginia and Pendleton County, West Virginia famed riding destinations. E-bike riders are welcome to join in. The Valley-based routes are ideally suited for a non-competitive adventure. Not sure which ride is for you? Visit AlpineLoopGranFondo.com/routes to learn more, including any changes in store for the 2023 event.
Downtown Harrisonburg, at the heart of "The Cycling Capital" of Virginia, is a great setting for family fun. The parade-style start of the Gran Fondo takes place on the historic Main Street. One block from the venue, you'll find art galleries, boutiques, entertainment, and specialty shops.
Charitable Mission: Benefiting the Community
The Alpine Loop Gran Fondo provides the opportunity and inspiration for individuals and teams to take on great challenges in support of worthy causes. The event promotes and provide resources for charitable, educational, recreational and civic-minded purposes, including funding the construction of shared use trails and alternative transportation routes from Harrisonburg schools to surrounding neighborhoods, urban centers and outdoor recreation opportunities; and promoting cycling as a means to better the health and wellness, safety, and sustainability of the community.
Participants have the option to take advantage of a personalized PledgeReg fundraising page to raise additional funds in support of the charitable mission of the event. All participants who raise* $100 or more will be invited to a special Saturday spin with Jeremiah Bishop in advance of the event.
For more information about the charitable mission of the event, visit www.AlpineLoopGranFondo.com/mission.
Visibility for Cancer Journeys Foundation Prostate Cancer Awareness Project:
The mission of the Cancer Journeys Foundation Prostate Cancer Awareness Project is to significantly increase the prostate cancer survivor rate by dramatically increasing the rate of early detection, with the objective that that no man should experiences a surprise, post-metastasis prostate cancer diagnosis. As the Presenting Sponsor of the Alpine Loop Gran Fondo, PCAP has shown its dedication to supporting events that promote awareness. For more information, visit Prostate Cancer Awareness Project. The number-1 way to support the mission of the Alpine Loop Gran Fondo is to sign up for a free ProstateTracker account.