2014 Vino Fondo Gran Fondo 5/17/14

Saturday May 17th, 2014

2014 Vino  Fondo Resutls

2014 Photographs

2013 Vino Fondo Results

2013 Vino Fondo Photographs by Kim Morris

The Vino Fondo- Big Shark Bicycle Company, Trailnet and Mount Pleasant Winery are bringing the European cycling tradition of the Gran Fondo cycling experience 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 four formidable routes of the 5th annual Missouri Vino Fondo.

The Gran Fondo- Also called Cyclosportif rides, Gran 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 Gran Fondo includes climbs and difficult riding conditions which we will going forward refer to as "features." The Gran 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 four 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.

Returning and New Features For 2014!

Based on feedback from last year's Vino Fondo we have made some changes to improve this year's Grand Fondo.

  • New Route Variations for All Distances. We have removed the Hwy 47 bridge crossing and are using better pavement, quieter roads and a few new, savory climbs.
  • All participants will receive finisher medals.
  • Each Age Group Winner will recieve an Bottle of Fabulous Mt. Pleasant Wine
  • Vino Fondo Jerseys will be available for purchase.
  • Police support crossing Hwy M at Hwy 47
  • All rest stops will be course-side, in shade when possible with bicycle parking rack.
  • We will have an additional aid-station, loaded with calories, nutrition and hydration 20 miles from the finish line.
  • The Start and Finish will be at Mt. Pleasant Winery in Augusta.
  • More food and caffeine pre-ride and an improved menu post ride. Each Rider will be given a Meal Ticket.
  • Cold Drinks at each rest stop.
  • Additional food items per rest stop. Email us with special requests!

Training Plan and Camp: We have partnered with the coaches at the Pedal Hard Training Center on a program to get you up and over the Vino Fondo routes. If you are in need of a very effective training block to make up for the long, cold winter- please check out this program.

Pedal Hard Vino Fondo Training Program Information

New Vino Fondo Jersey- available post event by special order only! Click on the Jersey Style to order.

Be one of the cool kids... Men's in Grey/Blue, Women's in Blue/Black

The Beneficiary. A portion of the proceeds from the Vino Fondo will be donated to Trailnet. For 26 years, Trailnet has brought together friends, organizations, and people from many communities to create positive change in the St. Louis bi-state region by encouraging healthy, active living. Trailnet works to improve the quality of life for families, neighbors, and communities. Its work and partnerships directly impact local citizens, schools, businesses, communities, and nonprofit agencies throughout the region. Trailnet's mission is to foster healthy, active and vibrant communities where walking, cycling and the use of public transit are a way of life.

Ride Day Pay it Forward: One of the most passionate guys in the cycling community who has helped provide SAG support for the previous editions of the Vino Fondo, John Cameron, is struggling with ALS. He's given a lot of himself to the cycling community- and we're happy to try to help him in return. Please take a moment and read the following:

"Like most people John learned to ride a bike when he was young and then forgot about biking when he got his drivers license.  It was while in the army, stationed in Germany, that he was reintroduced.  Not being allowed to own a car brought bikes back into his life out of necessity,  but after returning to Germany from the Gulf War he kept riding because he loved it.  In 1994 he got out of the army, moved to St. Louis, and bought a mountain bike.  He spent years riding the area trails but always wanted to get back on the road.  So, in 2001 be purchased a road bike and road RAGBRAI with a group of friends. Eventually his love of cycling brought him to Trailnet where he worked from 2008 until October of 2012.  By this time ALS was already starting to effect him."

We are trying to raise money to help John with some of his expenses towards getting a motorized wheelchair, adaptive van, etc. If you can contribute on site or prior....here's the link and thank you! AND we will be auctioning off a signed Garmin/Sharp Pro Cycling Jersey signed by Ryder Hesjedal (his wife's family owns a Bed and Breakfast in Augusta, MO) and she will be onsite helping out at the Start! $5 per ticket available on race day at the Start/Finish area.

The Rides. We have four different routes. All of these will start/finish at the same point and include the majestic Schluesberg.

  • The NEW Mondo Fondo- 118 miles, snaking from Augusta, Missouri through the Missouri River Valley and back. With 5,770 feet of challenging climbing the grapes won't be the only thing whining.
  • The Midi Fondo- 91 miles, 4.450 feet of climbing. From Augusta, past Daniel Boone's home, and up and over the historic route of the Missouri State Championship Road Race.
  • The Double Mini- 58 miles, 3,107 feet of climbing. Shorter. Super Burly. For those looking for a shorter ride with TWO ascents of the Schleusberg Climb. For 2014- NEW- TWO approaches of the Schleursburg on a one loop course.
  • The Mini Fondo-38 miles, 2,220 feet of climbing. For those looking for a less intense day with a few challenging climbs. ONE approach of the Schleursburg on a one loop course.The image below is of Alberto Contador on the Schleusberg doing an earlier version of the Vino Fondo.

A Challenge, Not a Race

What to expect: Gran Fondo's are 'competitive recreational rides' and attract recreational cyclists looking to push themselves as well as racers looking for a great riding experience. The roads will NOT be closed and the ride and route will be open to traffic. All turns will be marked with signs and paint. Each cyclist will be given a cue sheet and maps of each route which are onlined (below). We encourage all participants obey traffic laws as well as be courteous to traffic and residents. Please adhere to the rules of the road and do not take unnecessary risks on descents and turns. 

A Gran 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. Riders of all abilities are encouraged to participate and push themselves.

In Europe the Gran Fondo attracts a very broad group of cyclist- professional racers, amateur racers, weekend warriors, new cyclists and cyclo-tourists. The compelling elements of a Gran Fondo are the scenery and challenge alongside terrific athlete support and a memorable route.

Rest Stops: Rest stops will be spaced every 15 to 20 miles. Unlike a charity ride or other recreational rides the frequency of each rest stop is less than in a non-competitive event. Riders are encouraged to carry enough nutrition to manage themselves on route. We will make sure that there are several opportunities to take in enough nutrition to manage the day comfortably.

Rest stops are locates at:

  • Marthasville, Missouri- Riverfront. (out and back, Mondo and Midi)
  • Treloar, Missouri (out and back, Mondo and Midi)
  • Warrenton, Missouri (Mondo only)
  • Femme Osage,Missouri (Mondo, Midi, Double Mini, Mini)

Pre-Race Services:

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!


Early Bird Sign Up- before the 1st of the year- $70. Pre-registration for the Vino Fondo is $85 after December 31st, 2013. for individuals and $150 for tandems. Race day registration will be $100 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. 

Packet Pick Up:

Friday, May 16th: From 12:00pm until 8:00pm, Big Shark Bicycle Company- LOOP, 6133 Delmar Blvd. St. Louis MO 63112

Race Day: From 6:00 AM until 8:00 AM

Each athlete will receive:

  • Vino Fondo Bib Number
  • Cue Sheets with turn-by-turn directions and map.
  • Pre-Race Energy Gels, Bars, Mix and Fruit.
  • Vino Fondo Fashion, signature event shirt
  • Pre-event Breakfast. Served at the Appelation Cafe from 6:30am-7:30am. Menu will include a breakfast Buffet of cheesy scrambled eggs, sausage patties, hash browns and french toast sticks with maple syrup. Coffee, hot tea and bottled beverages will be available.
  • Coffee station in the AM and beverage cooler.
  • Rest Stop Support- Gels, Mix, Bars, Fruit, Water, PB and J, Pretzels.
  • Mechanical Support and Sag
  • Chip Timing
  • Post Event Festival and Meal: Lunch buffet will in the Crush Lounge from 11am-6pm. Menu: Baked Ziti, Vegetarian Stir Fry, Garden Salad, Cookies and Brownies.Yum.
  • Stragglers: Riders finishing between 6:00pm and 7:00pm will recieve a bagged lunch.
  • Note: We will not guarantee support or food after 7:00pm.
  • Bib Numbers and Registration on Ride Day and Post April 25th may not be provided with Event Shirt. Sign up early.

Official Clothing Supplier:

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. Timing chips are embedded in the bib number- do not fold or crumple numbers- otherwise timing chips may be compromised.

Post Event:

You can check out images from the Vino Fondo and purchase them to make giant life sized posters of your fondo heroics at www.kimmorris.com

Route Description:

The Mondo Fondo 118 miles of some of the most beautiful riding in America, punctuated by some of the biggest and baddest climbs we can find. With over 5,700 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 Marthasville, Treloar, Warrenton and Femme Osage. Multiple pitches as steep as 20%.

The Midi Fondo 91 miles, 4450 feet of climbing, taking in several of the same KOM points as the Mondo route, this route follows the Mondo route to Treloar, Missouri and then finishes back at Mt. Pleasant Winery after summitting the Schleursberg two times. The last 30 miles incorporates some of the best paved scenic roadways in Missouri.

The Double Mini 58 miles, 3107 feet of climbing. By popular demand. Too long? Too short? Just right! For those looking to shred their legs and stay close to the Mount Pleasant Winery- the double mini is arguably harder than the Midi Fondo. Features TWO giant climbs up the Schleursberg.

The Mini Fondo 38 miles, 2,200 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! This route takes in the same roads and climbs along the historic Missouri State Road Race course and Tour of Missouri. (With a few more climbs...)

Event Schedule:

November 13th 12:00 am Registration Opens
Sat., May 17th 6:00 am Pre-registration Pick Up Open Mount Pleasant Winery
Sat., May 17th 6:30-7:30am Pre Ride Meal and Ride Supplies Mount Pleasant Winery
Sat., May 17th 8:00 am Rider Staging Augusta, Missouri
Sat., May 17th 8:20 am Pre-Ride Comments/Instructions Augusta, Missouri
Sat., May 17th 8:30 am Start- Vino Fondo Augusta, Missouri
Sat., May 17th 11:00- 2:00 pm Mini Fondo and Midi Fondo Buffet Augusta, Missouri
Sat., May 17th 6:00 pm Mandatory Sag Cut-Off All routes.
Sat., May 17th 4:00- 7:00pm Mondotory Post Ride Celebration Augusta, Missouri

Fondo Categories:

  • Men: 18 and Under, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65+
  • Women: 18 and Under, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65+

Winners of each category bottle of wine from the Mt. Pleasant Winery.

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:

Augusta Missouri

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.

Augusta Events:

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

If You Like Gran Fondos... We Also Support the LUPUS Wolfride Gran Fondo. A 56mile and 112mile Gran Fondo set in beautiful Columbia,IL. August, 2nd, 2014. This is a more "gentle" ride profile than the Vino Fondo, but one of our favorite rides of the year. Check them out and add to your ride calendar.

Racing and Riding Fondo-mentals

Important Information for Race Day:

  1. Parking. Mount Pleasant has over 350 parking spaces. Please park on their campus.
  2. The start AND finish will be at Mt. Pleasant Winery.
  3. We will provide Cue Sheets with Emergency Contact information.
  4. Please consider putting these numbers in your cell phones or writing them down:
  • True Emergency: 911
  • Trailnet- Sag Support and Dispatch: 314-913-2453
  • Warren County Sherrif: 636/456-4332
  • Warren County Sherriff's Office contact Lt. Matt Schmutz: 636-544-3608
  • Warren County Dispatch Center: 636/456-7088 Ask for "On Duty Road Supervisor"
  • Vino Fondo Staff- 314-920-9606
  • Big Shark Mechanical Support- TBD

    Answers to Popular Questions:

    • Rest Stops: stocked with hydration and food in Marthasville, Treloar, Warrenton, Femme Osage and at the Finish Line.
    • You can change distances at registration on race day.
    • This event is rain or shine. Monsoons, Locusts, or Rain of Fire will only stengthen us.
    • Part of the regisrtation fee INCLUDES- Gels, Bars, Blocks, Water, Gatorade, Fruit, PB&J. We will have all rest stops equipped with a variety of products to help you complete your Fondo bonk free.

    Pre-Ride Instructions:

    1. Riders will be staged according to bib number. Numbers will be pinned to your jersey's on the Right side.
    2. It is essential that all riders follow the assigned routes for safety and as a security precaution. We will be working with local law enforcement and municipalities so that we will be anticipated users of the course. Roads will be open to traffic, so please ride with caution and respect.
    3. Access to the Start/Zone will be at 8:00 a.m. All riders HAVE to be staged by 8:20 a.m. Late arrivals will be staged in back.
    4. Individual timing will begin as riders cross the timing mat at the Start.

    Ride Instructions:

    1. Please be patient at the start, it is a long day in the saddle and groups will segregate once underway.
    2. It is important to be careful, despite safety measures in place. Don't let your competitive edge and excitement override good judgement.
    3. In the event of an accident, don't panic. Ambulance/EMS services will respond to mishaps throughout the day.
    4. In the event of a mechanical problem we will have teams of mechanics on course who can be dispatched as fast as possible.
    5. Please call the race hotline at any point to report fallen riders, concerns or if you require assistance.
    6. All Cyclists overtaken by our "Time Machine" must abandon the fondo and be sagged to the finish. Time cuts will only be on the Mondo Fondo. Riders have to have arrived at the 60 mile mark by 2:00 p.m. or be at the base of the Schleusberg for their final climb by 6:00 p.m. 
    7. The Ride timing Finish for all routes (Mondo, Midi, Double Mini and Mini) will be at the Mt. Pleasant Winery on High Street..
    8. Turn by Turn markers will be placed on the course as well as painted directional arrows.

    Dangerous Points on the Course:

    1. We will list all areas that have higher traffic volume. These higher use areas will be marshalled.
    2. All dangerous descents will be listed with mile markers and will be signed at the summit. Please excercise caution while descending and yield to oncoming traffic.
    3. All other points that require attention will be marked and listed with mile markers.

    Hill Climb and Finish Line Procedure

    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.

    Mini Fondo (NEW- One Loop Course)

    Double Mini Fondo (NEW One Loop Course)

    Midi Fondo (New Course)

    Mondo Fondo (New and Mighty Course)

    2012 Race Results

    2012 Race Results are posted at www.bigriverrunning.com

    Mondo Overall Midi Overall Double Mini Overall Mini Overall
    Mondo Age Group Midi Age Group Double Mini Age Group Mini Age Group

    Please email Pat@bigriverrunning.com with results changes or questions.

    If you have won a category- please arrange with mike@bigshark.com for your prize vino.