Project Hero has a limited number of spots available for the 2019 Gran Fondo Series.
Ride Start 8:00am Staging begins at 7:15am to 7:50am Stafford Lake Park opens at 6:00am The ride start and venue Expo is located at Stafford Lake Park. The address is as follows: Stafford Lake Park 3549 Novato Blvd Novato, CA 94947
Stafford Lake Expo
STAFFORD LAKE IS THE START AND FINISH POINT OF THE JENSIE
The Jensie Gran Fondo has been designed to be a extraordinary day in Marin County, with a focus on enjoying the best of Marin with Jens Voigt and our respected event partners. At the conclusion of the event, “suffering” the Jensie way, we will have prepared a “village” environment for you to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Taking an hour or two to relax and recover is a part of any cycling event’s tradition. You’ll find a wide range of foods available from some of the best vendors in Marin County. You’ll also find a glass of something cool and refreshing to wash it down with, whilst you sit in the shade, soak in the atmosphere and enjoy the moment.
For those of you who have come along with the family, we’ve arranged for our friends at Stafford Lakes Park to offer some fun activities which will keep them engaged and occupied, and wishing their parents had not ridden the course quite so fast. This includes the new bike park that any non-Jensie riders can enjoy!
More event-specific details about the expo area will be sent via email prior to the event.
WHEN IS THE JENSIE GRAN FONDO OF MARIN?
Saturday, September 29, 2018
Stafford Lake Park
3549 Novato Blvd
WHO IS MCBC?
The Marin County Bicycle Coalition, the direct beneficiary of The Jensie Gran Fondo is the premier bicycle advocacy group of Marin County. They are responsible for 'Safe To School' programs and the maintenance and introduction of all bike paths all over Marin County. They are focused on connecting communities through cycling and ensuring safe roads and paths while providing riders with amazing bicycle routes that span the entire county.
WHO CAN RIDE?
Anyone who enjoys road cycling regularly will enjoy The Jensie Gran Fondo of Marin. We have designed our routes so riders of all abilities can have a great and memorable experience. There will be regular rest stops and on course mechanical support, so you can ride comfortably knowing assistance, should you need it, is not far away. For security purposes, please note that participants under 14 will need to be accompanied by a legal guardian.
WHAT DO I GET?
You can expect an awesome and memorable day with Jens Voigt, arguably the most fun guy in pro cycling. You'll be treated to a Pro Tour level experience with on course neutral support. You'll ride along the world-class roads of Marin County, with notable views of Alpine Dam, Mount Tam, Stinson Beach, Bolinas, Point Reyes and Tomales Bay. We'll keep you fueled with fully staffed and stocked service stops. At the finish, you will enjoy the Finisher’s Village where you will be treated to a recovery meal, music and an ice cold local brew. All registered riders will also receive a swag bag with the official Gran Fondo rider guide, goodies from our participating sponsors and a Jensie Gran Fondo commemorative water bottle.
ARE THERE EARLY BIRD SAVINGS?
Yes, for the 2018 edition of the Jensie Gran Fondo, you can save INSTANTLY by inviting your friends to ride with you. Savings can be applied to Regular and VIP registrations. And the earlier in the cycle you register and invite your friends, the more you can save. It’s that simple! Leaen more here.
January 1 – February 28: Refer friends and save 14%
March 1 – July 31: Refer friends and save 10%
August 1 until online reg closes: Refer friends and save 5%
HOW MANY REST STOPS CAN I EXPECT?
Dependent on route, riders can count on 2-6 fully stocked rest stops.
WHAT HAPPENS IF WHILE RIDING I WANT TO RIDE A DIFFERENT ROUTE?
You are more than welcome to opt for a shorter route without penalty. We have invested significantly in this event to ensure your safety and enjoyment, and are unfortunately unable to allow you to ride a longer route without officially transferring with our registration team. Help us to keep this this event safe and growing each year by signing up for the distance you plan to ride. All bibs will be color coded based on route and will be enforced at each rest stop. If we find you cheating the system, Jens just might chase you down and exclude you from future events!
WHAT'S PACKET PICKUP?
Packet pickup is when you are able to officially claim your rider packet and goody bag. We require that each person sign a waiver to claim their packet.
PACKET PICKUP DATES & LOCATIONS*:
--Thursday, 9/27 - 4:00PM to 7:00PM @ < a href="https://shop.sportsbasement.com/pages/store-sf-presidio">Sports Basement Presidio (610 Old Mason St., San Francisco, CA, 94129)
--Friday, 9/28 - 4:00PM to 7:00PM @ < a href="https://shop.sportsbasement.com/pages/store-novato">Sports Basement Novato (100 Vintage Way, Novato, CA, 94945)
--Saturday, 9/29 - 6:00AM to 7:00AM @ Stafford Lake Park
*Dates and times subject to change.
WHAT TIME DOES THE RIDE START?
Ride start time will be PROMPTLY AT 8:00AM, If driving, we recommend arriving EARLY to ensure sufficient time to park and unload your gear before event start.
WILL MY RIDE BE TIMED?
Riders will be provided with a timing chip that attaches to your bike. For 2018, The Jensie Gran Fondo will feature timed segment racing. There will be 1-3 timed segments on course, depending on the route you choose. Your combined time through timed segments will determine your competitive ranking at the end of the event. The event is not timed start-to-finish, but riders must cross the finish line for segment times to be counted. Prizes will be awarded to overall and age-group winners. We caution you to practice prudent and legal riding throughout the day. All rules of the road must be followed at all times. Any illegal riding, i.e. crossing the yellow line, not stopping at stop signs (should CHP require a stop) will result in disqualification and your time will not count.
HOW SLOW CAN I GO?
All riders should have plenty of time to ride at a comfortable pace. The course and expo will close at 5pm. At this time on-course support and timing will conclude. It is very important that each rider choose a course distance that is right for them.
WHY IS THERE A COURSE CUTOFF TIME?
It's all about your safety! It is our responsible that you have a safe and enjoyable ride -- within daylight hours. The time cut off allows us to adequately staff the route with volunteers and law enforcement teams. It also allows us to make sure no one gets left out on the course against their wishes.
WHAT TYPE OF BIKE MAY I RIDE IN THE GRAN FONDO?
We encourage everyone to ride a road specific bike. Mountain bikes, tandems and two-wheeled recumbents will also be permitted. Due to the technical nature of the course and to ensure the safety of all riders, time trial bikes, bikes with clip on aero bars are strongly discouraged. If you elect to ride a time trial styled bike, for the safety of all riders, riding in aero position will not be permitted at any time. Bikes with trailers and/or attached youth seats will not be permitted. Trail-a-bikes will however be allowed -- yaay!
WHAT HAPPENS IF IT RAINS DURING THE JENSIE GRANFONDO?
Shut up rain! We will ride rain or shine. We do ask that you please be considerate to others and make sure you ride responsibly should we experience inclement conditions. Please also make sure you bring appropriate wet weather clothing -- just in case.
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