Event Date:Sept 24, 2016

Tri States Gran Fondo

The ONLY Gran Fondo / Century in the world where you can ride in

Nevada, Arizona and Utah!
An incredibly unique, challenging and beautiful century event.


General Information and Ride Rules – Please Read!

2016 Entry Fees:
Until September 17th: Gran Fondo: $65, Ultimo Fondo: $70.  Thereafter, until noon Friday before the event, you may make an online reservation and pay Gran Fondo $70 or Ultimo Fondo $75 at the event. Please read our registration and cancelation policies.
** The first 8 riders who recruit a volunteer may email us and request 20% off their entry fee.

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; Tri States Gran Fondo finisher medal (guaranteed for those who sign up at least 30 days in advance); post-ride refreshments; per rider donation to Challenged Athletes Foundation.

OneStopRaceRegisterNow Use the Register Now button to register online and pay with a credit card. To pay by check, download and mail in this form. Your mail-in form and check must be received before September 17th.


Third stage of the Planet Ultra Triple Crown of Gran Fondos!

The Planet Ultra TRIPLE CROWN OF GRAN FONDOS consists of the Gran Fondo Las Vegas, the Zion Gran Fondo and Tri States Gran Fondo. Complete both Las Vegas and Zion you’ll receive a discount code for 25% off your Tri States entry. Complete Tri States and you’ll be automatically entered into a drawing to win a free entry to one of the 3 events the following year. Join the fun! Ride all 3!

Start / Finish Location:
Veterans Memorial Park located at 501 Hillside Drive in Mesquite, Nevada. About an hour north of Vegas and/or an hour south of St George.

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Where to Stay: TBD 2016. Stay tuned!

If you’re staying locally, please ride over. Otherwise there’s a small parking lot at the park, or you may park on the street.

Check In:
Friday night and Saturday morning TBA.

Chip-Timed Event:
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.

Start Times:
Mass start at 7am. Please come to the start line by 6:45am for pre-ride announcements – ready to roll! 

Time Limit:
Course closes at 5pm.

Ride Description:
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. PLEASE NOTE:  The RideWithGPS.com website often exaggerates the accumulated climbing; so please don’t be deterred by what that site says about the climbing.

Ulitimo Fondo: Heading north from Mesquite, in just over a mile you cross the border into Arizona, and after a bit of rolling terrain, up you’ll climb – straight into Utah and to your first summit at mile 27. You’re rewarded with an incredible 7 miles of scenic descent, where you’ll get your first glimpse of the beautiful red rocks which make Southern Utah famous. Hang a left at the bottom of the hill and enjoy the rolling terrain out to Gunlock State Park. Past Gunlock you’ll continue a gradual climb to Eagle Mountain- a short, but quad busting 10-12% grade. From here it’s mostly up – finally climbing “the Wall” to the quaint town of Veyo, your next summit at mile 50. After another short climb out of Veyo, it’s mostly downhill, with a few easy rollers, for the next 20 miles. Be sure and take in the awesome scenery overlooking Snow Canyon State Park! Next you’ll ride through the quaint town of Ivins and enjoy the red rocks of Kayenta. Save something for the end! At mile 80 you’ll hit the last big climb – 7 miles on the return trip over Utah Hill. From here, it’s mostly downhill, across the border into Arizona, and finally back to Mesquite, Nevada, where you can relax, revel in your success and enjoy the celebration of a fantastic day in the saddle! Distance: 112 miles with about 7,800′ of climbing. Click here for map and download-able GPS files.

Gran Fondo:  You’ll ride the first 27 miles to the top of Utah Hill, turn around, and coast nearly all the way back to Mesquite! 54 miles with about 2,500′ of climbing

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 info about available positions. To provide a little incentive, when you help at a Planet Ultra event, you get a coupon for a $25 entry fee that you may use at another single-day event.  Please contact us to let us know when and where you’d like to help. We also appreciate when riders recruit family and friends to help. If you recruit someone that wouldn’t use the coupon, you’re welcome to use it yourself. Ride credits must be used within a year of the date of volunteering and must be redeemed using the mail-in entry form during the early registration period.

Additional Information:
The Tri States Gran Fondo starts in beautiful Mesquite, Nevada; just an hour’s drive north of Las Vegas off Interstate 15. Mesquite it a growing resort destination in the beautiful Virgin River Valley. Mesquite combines a small-town feel with big city attractions including 24-hour gaming, championship golf and fine dining.

Nearby attractions:

Las Vegas, Nevada: 85 miles
Lake Mead NRA, Nevada: 90 miles
Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada: 55 miles
St. George, Utah: 40 miles
Zion National Park, Utah: 80 miles
Bryce National Park, Utah: 165 miles
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona: 170 miles