From the Promoter:
Welcome to GRAN FONDURO, where Gran Fondo meets Enduro
A sportive-style event, on and off the tarmac, touring the Tweed Valley Forest Park area, with timed stages (like a series of time trials) on forest roads, natural trails and footpaths, and connected by classic Borders back roads. Featuring stages with ups, downs, and everything in between, Gran Fonduro will take you to places you have never been before. The event is suitable for CX or gravel bikes, but lightweight cross country mountain bikes will also do well. (The course could also work for some hybrids.) Each type of bike may have its own advantages.
The event is a friendly but adventurous day out. A cycling ‘voyage of discovery’ into some seldom-visited corners of the Tweed Valley area. Fun, self-reliance, endurance and adventure are the key themes. Despite its light-hearted style, the event will be a fairly big day out on the bike. Distance will be approx. 80-90km, with a healthy chunk of climbing. Full course details nearer the time.
Turn up and race on the day, or make a weekend of it and camp at Traquair House.
Gran Fonduro is about good times off the bike too, with a post-ride meal and afterparty with live music and a beer tent. Traquair House has its own microbrewery on site, and we’ll also be providing delicious food at the feed stations as well as in the event village.