Bicycling Magazine has Gran Fondo Las Vegas on its “bucket list” of Gran Fondos!

Join us Saturday, November 5, 2022 and see why!

Limited to 300 riders
Mini Fondo (44 miles), Gran Fondo (76 miles), Ultimo Fondo (100 miles)

Outdoor recreation, for the purpose of facilitating physical and mental health through physically distanced outdoor exercise.

General Information and Ride Rules – Please Read!

Click here for 2019 Gran Fondo Las Vegas results.
Click here for the results from prior years.

2022 Entry Fees*:
Mini Fondo – Until October 22: $65. Late entry until 5pm November 4: $75.
Gran & Ultimo Fondo– Until October 22: $95. Late entry until 5pm November 4: $105.
Please read our registration and cancellation policies before signing up.
* If you’re able to recruit an event volunteer, please email us before signing up and we’ll give you a coupon code to use during registration for an instant 50% off. For helping, the volunteer receives a 50% discount towards a future Planet Ultra single-day event. If the volunteer is a non-rider then YOU may use that credit. So you get two nice deals: An instant discount for promising to bring a volunteer, and 50% discount on your next event.

Entry includes fully stocked checkpoints along the route with a large selection of snacks and drinks; 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 Life Sports Foundation.

Click the SignUp button to pay by credit card (includes a small service fee). Please read our new cancellation policy before registering.

Event jerseys may be ordered with registration for $80. Guaranteed delivery in Las Vegas if purchased by August 31st. Otherwise, if we don’t have your size, we’ll re-order after the ride and mail your jersey to you. We will have a sizing kit at the event.

Host Hotel: 

Element Las Vegas, 10555 Discovery Drive in Las Vegas. (702) 589-2000. Our group rate for 2022 is $?? per night. Let them know you’re with Planet Ultra. Rate expires March 3rd. (If you have any issue making the reservation, please call (702) 589-2012, and speak to Faith Tembo, the groups manager.)

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. Delicious breakfast with lots of choices. 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.

Start / Finish Location:
Las Vegas Cyclery– 10575 Discovery Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89135. Directly next door to our host hotel!
Need to rent a bike or buy last-minute gear? They have you covered!

Check In:
Friday afternoon/evening from ?? pm at location TBD.
Saturday morning from 6-6:45am at Las Vegas Cyclery in the parking lot.

Chip-Timed Event:
This is not a race – it’s a timed event. You must hang your number plate facing forward on your handlebars, and you must ride through the start/finish arch.

Start Times:
Open start window from 6:45-7am. 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 6:45am; so if you like riding in a group, please be ready to roll!

Time Limit:
Course closes at 4pm.

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 maps and download files are below.

Gran Fondo Route:  76 miles with about 6,300′ climbing. 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. 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 9 miles of climbing to the summit of Mt. Potosi, a descent to the aid station and a shorter climb back up. Then (mostly) downhill to the finish.

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 with a bonus out and back on Lovell Canyon. Lovell Canyon is an 11-mile, very gentle climb. 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 for the Ultimo Fondo route and download-able GPS files.

Mini Fondo Route: Just over 43 miles with about 2,800′ climbing. Same start as the Gran and Ultimo Fondo routes, but turns around at Blue Diamond. 

Click here for the Mini Fondo route map and download-able GPS files.

Planet Ultra has an “event director” account, so you can get all the RWGPS features even if you’re not a paid subscriber. You can also see the maps and elevation profiles. To take full advantage of all features, use this link.

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. You won’t get lost if you’re mindful of where you 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.

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.