The Rock Gran Fondo, sponsored by American Rock Salt, offers riders of all abilities and the chance to tour the scenic roads of Livingston County on a fully-supported, timed event with rest stops, mechanical support, challenging climbs, thrilling descents and killer swag.
Starting and ending in Avon, NY The Rock Gran Fondo is on the final day of the American Rock Salt Race Series and runs in conjunction with our road race (see series page for details). Fondo riders line up and finish at the same start line as our racers as the embark on three different course options.
Riders can choose from a 25, 50 or 80 mile rides with all three course traveling around Conesus Lake and offering stops at Deer Run Winery. Although we provide timed results, all fondos are non-competitive events where riders must follow all the rules of the road as they navigate the course with our well-marked event signs.
Entry for all three events provides riders with custom event socks (if registered before June 1), timed results, on course mechanical support from Bike Loft East Neutral Support, stocked rest stops and a post-ride meal ticket.
The event also offers a team competition where riders can create teams through their local bike shop, cycling club, business, or among a group of friends to win prizes and extra swag (see details below).
The Gran Fondo: 80 miles/6,200 feet - 4 steep climbs
Course Map Our Gran Fondo has offered several different courses over the last four year, but never has the ride been for the faint at heart. With steep punishing climbs, don’t let the ride’s total distance and elevation fool you, as it is surely a challenge for even the toughest riders out there.
For the 2018, we are bringing back the brutal East Ave climb from 2016 while adding a new “warm up” climb on Springwater Road. But don’t worry, the route also keeps the old favorites with the legendary Vista Hill and Mead Hill; these climbs that have been know to force riders to enter “a walk of shame.”
Our four big climbs pack quite a punch as they account for most of the 6200 feet of elevation with grades breaking 20% at times. But for the few who can hack it, these monsters offer spectacular views and thrilling descents and an accomplishment like no other when you return victorious to the finish line where you’ll join riders of all three distances and the racers competing in the day’s road race.
The Medio Fondo: 50 miles/2,600 - one gradual climb
Course Map Our Medio Fondo is the perfect summer ride with friends. With two stops options at Deer Run Winery and a full run of Consesus Lake, this ride offers one moderate climb that takes you to one of the best views of Livingston County has to offer from Stagecoach Road.
The view leads you to a fast, wide open descent down Silker Hill where local riders have been known to hit speeds over 50 mph (not that we would recommend that!) before a flat ride along the lake leads you to rural farm lands and back to our post-race party in at the finish line where you’ll join riders of all three distances and the racers competing in the day’s road race.
The Piccolo Fondo: 25 miles/1,300 feet - no big climbs
Course Map Our Piccolo Fondo is an excellent course for beginners, casual riders, hybrid riders, or experienced riders just looking for a relaxing ride around the countryside.
Filled with low-traffic back roads, this course leads you to Deer Run Winery where you have an opportunity to stop on the way out or on the way back (or both) for refreshments. You then take some gradual climbs up the ridge around Conesus Lake before dropping down to the lake for a scenic waterfront cruise.
The end of the ride takes you through rural farm road before bringing back to the party at the finish line in Avon where you’ll join the riders of all three distances and the racers competing in the day’s road race.
All events, teams and clubs are owned and operated by Sam Patch Promotions, Inc.
Photo Credits: Meg McMahon (All Powers photos) Anne Pellerin (All other photos unless otherwise noted) Sam Patch Promotions, Inc.