The MSU Gran Fondo route will be on open roads with two-way motorized traffic. All cyclists must obey traffic laws at all times. There will be a STRICT yellow-center line rule, even on the parts of the course that have no painted center line. The roads on the course have some narrow parts, with blind corners where riders can encounter oncoming motor vehicles so always stay as far right as possible. Please ride with caution. Read the complete rules of the road.
Life EMS will be on site and on the routes to provide medical services.
There is a six hour time limit. The course is open from 8 am - 2 pm with timing. All Sag Wagon and Police support will still be on the course after 2 pm to help any riders. Please plan accordingly for all routes to be finished by 2 pm.
Timing Information: Timing strip will be deactivated at 2:30 pm. If you finish after 2:30 pm your finish time will not be recorded.
Courses may change leading up to the ride due to road conditions, construction etc. Please use these as reference only. Final versions of the course map will be emailed directly to participants the week of the Gran Fondo. 2017 routes have changed!
Operating a bicycle in poor condition or a bicycle not suited for technical road riding in large packs of other riders can be a danger to yourself and those around you. All riders must ensure that their equipment is in proper working condition prior to starting the ride. If any rider is not comfortable maintaining their bicycle on their own, they must find a qualified mechanic who can ensure it is in good working condition prior to the event, ideally several days before the MSU Gran Fondo.
Riders are required to stage according to their ability to ride in a large group. All riders in MSU Gran Fondo depart the start line at one time, requiring less experienced riders to position themselves towards the back of the mass start group. If any rider is in doubt of their ability to securely hold an even line at high speed with riders in very close proximity, it is vital that they line up towards the back of the start line group. All route timing is relative to when the riders cross the line, so no time penalty will be incurred by starting further back in the group.
Rest Stops are at various locations at approximately every 20 miles. The rest stops on the 40- and 80-mile route in the morning will be closed at noon. The return rest stop for the 80-mile route will closed at 1:00 pm.
The MSU Gran Fondo will take place in rain or shine unless the event is cancelled by the authorities due to severe weather.