Haute Route, the multi-day event series for amateur cyclists, has acquired the Gran Fondo National Series (GFNS) including its nine one-day gran fondo road cycling events in the United States. With these acquisitions, Haute Route, which is a subsidiary of event creation and management specialist OC Sport, builds on its existing international portfolio of thirteen 3-day and 7-day events. According to the company it ‘offers cyclists an inspirational and progressive pathway toward its multi-day events.’
The international Haute Route calendar currently includes four events in the United States for 2019, including Haute Route Asheville (May 17-19), Mavic Haute Route Rockies (June 22-28), Haute Route Utah (August 23-25), and Haute Route San Francisco (September 27-29).
Rémi Duchemin, CEO Haute Route and Co-CEO of OC Sport, commented on the company’s growth in the USA. He said, “In 2019 Haute Route will run more than 25 days of amateur cycling events in the United States, positioning us as the leading cycling event company in North America.”
Alain Lambert, Haute Route Executive Director in North America, added “It is our intention to keep growing the GFNS, including expansion into Canada, with a focus on delivering the world-class rider experience cyclists expect from Haute Route.”
All GFNS events use the timed section format pioneered by Gran Fondo National Series’ Director, Reuben Kline. Riders can compete in multiple timed sections each day and add up those times for their overall placing. This format allows cyclists of all abilities to challenge themselves, race with friends and win prizes, and ‘then socialize and enjoy the quiet roads and beautiful views in the best cycling destinations in the USA.’
Cyclists can also earn series points through their results in the nine GFNS events owned by Haute Route as well as GFNS partnered gran fondos, which include the Cache Gran Fondo in Logan, UT; Tour de Big Bear in Big Bear Lake, CA; Blue Water International in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada; and the Vermont Challenge in Stratton, VT.
The series championship and a one-day Gran Fondo National Championship will be crowned at the Gran Fondo Maryland in 2018 and at the Jensie Gran Fondo of Marin in 2019.
2019 Gran Fondo National Series Calendar
Malibu GRANFONDO – Westlake Village, CA – March 15-17, 2019
Gran Fondo Florida – San Antonio, FL – March 23-24, 2019
Tour of Georgia Gran Fondo – Helen, GA – April 28, 2019
Highlands Gran Fondo – Butler, NJ – June 2, 2019
Cache Gran Fondo – Logan, UT – July 13, 2019
Gran Fondo Asheville – Asheville, NC – July 21, 2019
Tour de Big Bear Gran Fondo – Big Bear Lake, CA – August 3, 2019
Boone Gran Fondo – Boone, NC – August 4, 2019
Vermont Challenge – Stratton, VT – August 16-18. 2019
Golden Gran Fondo – Golden, CO – August 18, 2019
Gran Fondo Maryland – Frederick, MD – September 22, 2019
Jensie Gran Fondo – Marin County, CA – September 28, 2019
Blue Water International in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. Date TBC
The 2019 GFNS calendar kicks off with the Malibu GRANFONDO, a long-standing event in Southern California that starts and finishes at the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village. The 2019 event will feature the Haute Route Malibu Invitational, an exclusive three-day experience, along with two and one-day Gran Fondo options on the weekend of March 15-17.
The Gran Fondo National Series 2019 calendar closes with the Jensie Gran Fondo of Marin, where riders have an opportunity to ride with German cycling legend and professional road bike racer Jens Voigt and enjoy some of the best roads Marin County, California, has to offer. Supported by the Marin County Bicycle Coalition, this event takes place the last weekend in September in 2018 and 2019.