Frequently Asked Questions


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1. What is a gran fondo?

Answer Gran fondos are long distance, mass-participation cycling events that have become immensely popular in Italy and are quickly gaining popularity in the United States. Gran fondo races are usually 100 miles long. The majority offer an additional medio fondo course (~50 miles), and sometimes even a piccolo fondo course (around 20 miles) for those not wishing to ride the longer distances. These shorter courses are just abbreviated versions of the longer ones, utilizing most of the same roads, but taking shortcuts to avoid some of the climbs. Participation is open to recreational and competitive amateur cyclists, and thousands of riders of all abilities participate.

Some cyclists enter for the challenge and satisfaction of making it to the finish line; others want to push themselves and their friends. Regardless of ability level, a gran fondo is an unforgettable cycling because it’s not just about the ride, it’s about the experience!

2. Is the event timed?

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Yes, participants will wear a timing chip that records how long it takes them to complete the course. We will also have a section of the course timed for "King of the Mountain" $500 Award!

3. What are the courses like?

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The Tehachapi Gran Fondo offers five courses – 18 mi, 38 mi, 60 mi,  85 mi, and 100 mi. Details on each course can be found on the Courses page.

4. How much does it cost and what is included?

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Registration costs depend on course selected and include either a race jersey or t-shirt. Please visit our registration page for full details.

5. How do I order a jersey?

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Tehachapi Gran Fondo also has a great jersey available with your registration. To receive your jersey with your registration packet, jersey orders must be placed on or before July 7, 2017.  

6. Who does the ride support?

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Making the local community a better place for individuals all the proceeds from the Tehachapi GranFondo will  support local non-profit public safety organizations.  Learn more about each of these community focused organizations on the Mission page.

7. Why do it?

Answer To enjoy the excitement that can only come from riding with hundreds of other participants in a mass-start event, in the beauty of the southern California mountains.

8. Can I get a refund?

Answer No. All registrations are final and non-refundable.

9. Is there a minimum age limit?

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Yes – All participants should be 18* years of age or older (or 13 if accompanied by a legal guardian) in order to participate.

10. Where do I park?

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The easiest parking near Centennial Plaza in Tehachapi the day of the event will be in downtown Tehachapi. 

11. Can I volunteer?

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Yes, please! – Interested in volunteering for the Tehachapi Gran Fondo? We use www.SignUp.com to manage our volunteers. If you would like an invitation to volunteer please contact Michelle at info@TehachapiGranFondo.com 

12. More questions?

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Contact us at info@tehachapigranfondo.com or feel welcome to call us at 661-822-2200 Ext 121. We'll get back to you right away!