Course Information

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.

Life EMS will be on site and on the routes to provide medical services.

Route Time Limits

There is a six hour time limit. The course is open from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. with timing. All Sag Wagon and Police support will still be on the course after 2:00 p.m. to help any riders. Please plan accordingly for all routes to be finished by 2:00 p.m. 

Timing Information: Timing strip will be deactivated at 2:30 p.m. If you finish after 2:30 p.m. your finish time will not be recorded.

Equipment

  • 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
  • Operating a bicycle in poor condition or not suited for technical road riding in large packs of other riders can be a danger to yourself and those around you

Bikes Permitted On Courses

We suggest using a road bike as it is the best option to ride in groups. You are welcome to ride a mountain bike, touring bike, single speed with two brakes or a tandem. Triathlon bikes are also fine as long as you keep your hands on the brake lever. Riders are asked to exercise extreme caution, as the majority of riders may not be familiar with non-standard bicycles. Please note, when riding a tandem both riders must be registered for the event.

  • Detachable Aero Bars, penny-farthings and unicycles are not permitted for safety reasons. 
  • Participants using non-standard bicycles must wear brightly colored clothing and attach an orange flag to cycling unit
  • Bike trailers are permitted on the Family Ride only

Mass Start

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.

Course Maps

We're "going green" and reducing the amount of printed maps provided. Be prepared before the big ride by viewing the route on Strava (mobile app) or printing a PDF file of the course map.

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Rest Stops

Rest Stops are at various locations 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 close at 1:00 p.m. 

Weather

The MSU Gran Fondo will take place rain or shine unless threatening weather conditions exist. In the case of severe weather, the course will be shut down for 1 hour. If conditions do not improve, the ride will be cancelled. Refunds will not be issued if cancellation is due to weather.

Law enforcement will be patrolling the course.