Bicycling Magazine has Gran Fondo Las Vegas on its “bucket list” of Gran Fondos!
Join us Saturday, March 24, 2018 and see why!
THE PREMIER LAS VEGAS CENTURY EVENT!
Limited to 300 riders
Mini Fondo (44 miles), Gran Fondo (77 miles), Ultimo Fondo (100 miles)
General Information and Ride Rules – Please Read!
2018 Entry Fees:
Mini Fondo – Earlybird special until December 31st: $45. Jan 1-March March 17: $55. March 18-23: $60.
Gran Fondo – Earlybird special until December 31st: $70. Jan 1-March March 17: $75. March 18-23: $80.
Ultimo Fondo – ON HIATUS FOR 2018 due to permitting issues.
Please read our registration and cancellation policies.
** If you’re planning to ride this event and know you can bring along someone to help out, you may email us in advance of signing up and we’ll give you a coupon code to use during registration for an instant 20% off. By helping at the event, the volunteer you bring earns an entry to a future single day event for only $25. If the volunteer is a non-rider then YOU can have the entry. So you get two nice deals: An instant discount for promising to bring a volunteer, and a $25 entry fee for your next event.
Entry includes chip timing with overall and age category results posted to the web; fully stocked checkpoints along the route with water and a great selection of food and snacks; roving SAG support; entry into Red Rock National Conservation Area and Humbolt-Toiyabe National Forest; Gran Fondo Las Vegas finisher award (guaranteed for those who sign up at least 30 days in advance); discount during event weekend at our sponsor shop, Las Vegas Cyclery; post-ride snacks and refreshments; per rider donation to Challenged Athletes Foundation.
Click the Register Now button to pay by credit card (includes a small service fee). You may also use that button to view the registered rider list. To pay by check, download and mail in this form. Your mail-in form and check must be received no later than March 17th.
Element Las Vegas, 10555 Discovery Drive in Las Vegas . Our group rate for 2018 is $139 per night. Please call Faith Tembo to request the Planet Ultra rate: (702) 589-2012, or send her an email at email@example.com.
The Element Hotel has fantastic rooms which are like a home away from home, with a modern kitchenette (with dinnerware and utensils), a full-sized refrigerator/freezer, coffee maker, microwave, and stovetop burners. There’s a 32″ high-def flat screen tv and dvd player. Free internet access. Your stay includes a delicious breakfast with lots of choices including egg sandwiches, granola, yogurt, smoothies and more. It’s way nicer, cleaner and more relaxing than a room on the Strip; and right across the parking lot from the start/finish line!
If you’re staying at the hotel, by all means, park there! Otherwise park in the lots across the street from the gas station near the Cancer Center. Please do not park at Las Vegas Cyclery unless you’re shopping.
Friday night from 7:00-8:30pm and Saturday morning from 6-6:45am at the Element Las Vegas hotel.
This is not a race – it’s a timed event. You must hang your timing chip from your handlebar stem, wear your bib number on your back, and you must check in at the finish. If you fail to properly place your timing chip, or don’t pass under the start/finish, you’ll be listed as DNF in the results. Please don’t email us after the event to change your results if you didn’t follow these instructions.
The ride starts/finishes right next door to the Element at our sponsoring bike shop, Las Vegas Cyclery. Open start window from 7-7:15am. All riders must start during this 15 minute period, or they will not receive an official time. We do expect most folks to leave right at 7am; so if you like riding in a group, please be ready to roll!
Course closes at 4pm.
Start / Finish Location:
Las Vegas Cyclery – 10575 Discovery Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89135. Need to rent a bike or buy last-minute gear? They have you covered!
Note – Route sheets are available in excel format to registered riders if requested via email between 2 weeks and 5 days before the event. However, we can’t guarantee that the route sheet will be 100% accurate. Though not anticipated, last-minute routing changes may be required. Links to the RideWithGPS.com maps and download files are below.
Gran Fondo Route: 70 miles with about 5,500′ climbing. Starting at Las Vegas Cyclery, you’ll enjoy a nice, flat warm-up before you hang a left on Charleston, which becomes Highway 159. It’s a gentle climb to the right turn onto the Scenic Drive heading into Red Rock Canyon. From here the climbing begins. It starts gradually and then pitches up a bit as the scenery becomes more and more beautiful! At the top of the climb you’ll enjoy the view and drinks and snacks at the first checkpoint.
You’ll climb a bit more before you reach the summit – then it’s a wonderful, rewarding descent down to Highway 159 where you’ll make a right. The road rolls gently along Highway 159 all the way to the right turn to Blue Diamond, where you’ll find the second checkpoint (which is the turn-around for the Mini Fondo). Then you head back to Highway 159 again until you come to the t-intersection at Highway 160, where you’ll turn right.
Here the climbing begins again. About 8 miles of climbing to the summit of Mt. Potosi and the 3rd checkpoint (and turn-around).
Click here to view the Gran Fondo route map and download-able GPS files.
Ultimo Fondo Route: Just shy of 100 miles with about 8,000′ climbing. Same as Gran Fondo route except from the summit of Mt. Potosi you’ll enjoy a screamin’ downhill descent to the right turn onto Lovell Canyon. Lovell Canyon is an 11-mile, very gentle climb. At the end of the road you’ll refuel, make a u-turn and retrace the route back the way you came. The return is a straight shot down Highway 160 to the left on Highway 159 and back to Las Vegas Cyclery. Of course you may re-visit the Blue Diamond checkpoint on the way back to refuel and rejuvenate.
Click here to view the Ultimo Fondo route map and download-able GPS files.
Mini Fondo Route: Just over 43 miles with about 2,800′ climbing. Same as the Gran and Ultimo Fondo routes, but turns around at Blue Diamond.
Click here to view the Mini Fondo route map and download-able GPS files.
Routing and Navigation: Planet Ultra route sheets include lots of information to help riders navigate. For example, we’ll let you know if a turn is at a stop sign (SS), traffic light (TL) or T-intersection (T-int). We know riders like to have the course marked; and we do our best to make that happen (unless it’s forbidden by our permits, otherwise illegal, somewhere that locals would be really upset about it, or the turn is at a place that’s very obvious, like a big green highway sign). Many of the towns/cities/counties specifically request that no markings are placed in the road. Some of our permits are contingent on NOT marking turns.
Over the past few years we’ve sadly experienced locals or random drivers removing the arrows or pointing them in the wrong direction after we’ve placed them. So please don’t rely on arrows. Our experience is that riders get lost whether the course is marked or not – because they’re not paying attention. Fewer riders get lost when they’re mindful of where they are on the route sheet. Please understand and take responsibility for navigation. Make it part of your experience. If you’re navigationally challenged, please use a GPS. We also provide maps and download-able files via RideWithGPS.com. Each event page will have a link.
Personal SAG Vehicles:
Not allowed! If you bring one, you’ll be disqualified from the event without warning. The definition of a personal SAG is any vehicle (motor or otherwise), anywhere on the route, operated by someone other than Planet Ultra staff, that is providing any type of aid, assistance, or motivation, or taking photographs, or simply out cheering. Please understand that our permits simply don’t allow dozens of extra vehicles on the roads or at the checkpoint locations. Imagine the traffic from all those cars! If you’re bringing someone with you who wants to be out on the course, please have them contact us and join our volunteer staff.
We always need volunteers! Click here for information about positions available.
Jerseys Available: You may order a jersey when you register, or pick one up at the event! We have these in limited amounts, first-come, first-served.