Saturday May 7th, 2011
Thank you to all who braved the forecast and experienced a blue bird day and the relentless hills of the 2011 Vino Fondo. Huge props.
The Vino Fondo- Big Shark Bicycle Company, Trailnet and Mount Pleasant Winery are bringing the European cycling tradition of the Grand Fondo cycling experience back to Missouri's hilliest wine country. A traditional pairing of challenging riding and a tour of some of Missouri's best and oldest vineyards. Experience the same roads and towns visited by the internationally acclaimed Tour of Missouri Professional Cycling Race and challenge yourself to complete one of three formidable routes of the 2nd annual Missouri Vino Fondo.
The Grand Fondo- Also called Cyclosportif rides, Grand Fondo's are challenging rides that combine the best elements of epic recreational rides, some of the characteristics of a race and the visual experiences of the touring cyclist. The tradition of the Grand Fondo includes climbs and difficult riding conditions which we will going forward refer to as "features." The Grand Fondo experience is a true melting pot for cyclists of all abilities- with one goal, the satisfaction of achievement (and a good post ride meal and party.)
The Vino Fondo is a fully supported, timed ride. Although not a race, all participants will receive two measures of their achievement: overall ride time AND their climbing time over the penultimate beast, the Schleusberg. We are offering three distance options, each tuned to maximize scenery and include as many of the regions "topographic features" as we can find. We're crafty like that. Please note that the above topography is actually from the route, and not an electrocardiogram.
New For 2011!
Based on feedback from last year's Vino Fondo we have made some changes to improve the this years Grand Fondo.
The Beneficiary. A portion of the proceeds for the Vino Fondo will be donated to Trailnet. Trailnet is a St. Louis based non-profit organization with a 20-year history of Promoting Active Living* - a way of life that encourages people to integrate physical activity into their daily routines.Trailnet's mission is to lead in fostering healthy and active communities through innovative programs, planning, and policy that promote walking and bicycling throughout the St. Louis bi-state region. Areas of emphasis include programs, community planning and policy initiatives.
The Rides. We will have three different routes. All of these will start and finish at the same point and include the majestic Schluesberg.
A Challenge, Not a Race
A Grand Fondo event is chip timed. Every rider will receive two times, total ride time and their time from the base of the Schleusberg to the summit. We will give special recognition to the riders that are able to complete the ride under a certain time as well as to the faster riders in their respective age groups. There are no prizes for being the fastest person back to Augusta other than being first in line at the post event party. We will give special recognition to category winners, fastest ascent of the Schleusberg, and the fastest overall man (The Mando Fondo) and woman (The Jane Fondo) for each of the three distances. Riders of all abilities are encouraged to participate and push themselves.
In Europe the Grand Fondo attracts a very broad group of cyclist- professional racers, amateur racers, weekend warriors, new cyclists and cyclo-tourists. The compelling elements of a Grand Fondo are the scenery and challenge alongside terrific athlete support and a memorable route.
We will have massage therapy, stretching and first aid on site for the participants in this years Vino Fondo. This is a great opportunity to improve your performance or help manage any existing injuries. Treatment that will be offered includes soft tissue work, stretching, taping and much more. Good luck to all competitors and we look forward to seeing you all on race day!
Pre-registration for the Vino Fondo is $85 for individuals and $150 for tandems. Race day registration will be $95 for individuals and $165 for tandems. There are no refunds, however ride bibs are transferable. While there is no maximum age limit, participants must be over 13 years of age.
Each athlete will receive:
Chip Timing and Start Order
Riders will start in the order of registration. Each rider will be chip timed. We will record rider times at the start, base of the Schleusberg and Summit of the Schleusberg. Chips will be worn on the non-drive side ankle and must be returned post event. (Chip replacement is $100.)
The Mondo Fondo 128 miles of some of the most beautiful riding in America, punctuated by some of the biggest and baddest climbs we can find. With over 11,000 feet of climbing and taking in many of the King of the Mountains points featured in the Tour of Missouri Professional Cycling Race, the Mondo Fondo route will be similar in difficulty to a true Tour stage. We recommend showing up prepared, this route is as challenging as it is scenic.Visiting some of the great towns of Augusta, Washington, New Haven and Hermann. The return trip to Augusta will feature a rest stop and turn-around at the Hermannoff winery in Hermann.
The Midi Fondo 84 miles, 6,600 feet of climbing, taking in several of the same KOM points as the Mondo route, this route follows the Mondo route to New Haven Missouri and then finishes back at Mt. Pleasant Winery after summitting the Schleursberg. The last 30 miles incorporates some of the best paved scenic roadways in Missouri.
The Mini Fondo 26 miles, 2,500 feet of climbing. Unlike many shorter ride options that can dilute the days challenge, this route cuts to the chase and provides each participant with several of the biggest and best climbs in the state and it takes in the same roads and climbs along the historic Missouri State Road Race course and Tour of Missouri.
|December 1st||12:00 am||Registration Opens||www.sportsbaseonline.com|
|Sat., May 7th||6:00 am||Pre-registration Pick Up Open||Mount Pleasant Winery|
|Sat., May 7th||6:30-7:30am||Pre Ride Meal and Ride Supplies
||Mount Pleasant Winery|
|Sat., May 7th||8:00 am||Rider Staging||Augusta, Missouri|
|Sat., May 7th||8:20 am||Pre-Ride Comments/Instructions||Augusta, Missouri|
|Sat., May 7th||8:30 am||Start- Vino Fondo||Augusta, Missouri|
|Sat., May 7th||11:00- 2:00 pm||Mini Fondo and Midi Fondo Buffet||Augusta, Missouri|
|Sat., May 7th||2:00 pm||Mandatory Sag Cut-Off||Hermann, Missouri|
|Sat., May 7th||6:00 pm||Mandatory Sag Cut-Off||All routes.|
|Sat., May 7th||4:00- 8:00pm||Mondotory Post Ride Celebration||Augusta, Missouri|
Winners of each category will recieve podium Clean Bottles and a bottle of wine from the Mt. Pleasant Winery. Clean bottle is the only water bottle with a screw-off bottom for easy cleaning and drying. Made of BPA-free plastic and with a leak-proof rubber washer design, this dishwahser safe bottle will never get moldy and never need to be thrown out, regardless of how long you ride! Ride Clean!
Parking and Direction:
The Ride Start will be at Mount Pleasant Winery. All of the rides will start at the same time- with the riders being staged according to distance and sequence of registration. ALL Parking and Pre-Fondo activities will be held on their campus. Adequate, convenient parking and facilities will be on site. From Highway 70 (from the East or West) take Highway 94 west for 20 miles to Augusta and follow signs to the winery.
Hotels and Accommodations:
About Missouri Wines:
The Missouri wine industry in the new millennium is thriving. The number of wineries has jumped to over 65 and Missouri wineries are producing diverse, complex and sophisticated wines, wines that easily earn top awards in national and international competitions. The Vino Fondo will ride past and through many of the best wineries in Missouri.
The town of Augusta, Missouri is a absolutley beautriful, overlooking the Missiouri River Valley. Be sure to set aside some time to explore the wineries, bed and breakfasts and artisans that call Augusta their home. More information at www.augusta-chamber.org
The turn around rest stop for the Mondo Fondo will be at the Hermannhof Winery, 330 East 1st Street. The website for the winery is www.hermannhof.com You can find our more about Hermann, Missouri at www.VisitHermann.com or call their welcome center toll free- 1-800-932-8687.
Important Information for Race Day:
Answers to Popular Questions:
Dangerous Points on the Course:
All Riders will cross a timing station at the TOP of the Schluersberg Climb. Because the Schleursberg climb has NO SHOULDER, please crest the climb and continue en route to the finish at the Mt. Pleasant Winery, Augusta.
Please note- we cannot have riders congregating on the High Street at the Finish Line, Please pull off and onto the grounds of the Mt. Pleasant Winery when complete. Even if you would prefer to collapse.
Here are a few good links using VeloRoutes.org- please check out.
The Mini Fondo:
The Midi Fondo:
The Mondo Fondo: