Due to overwhelming request, starting in 2014 the Garrett County Gran Fondo will time and publish each participants overall ride time rather than just the KOM Climb times. As always, the Garrett County Gran Fondo is not a race and all traffic laws must be obeyed.
The Garrett County Gran Fondo will include timed KOM hill climbs for the following climbs.
The base of all KOM climbs will be marked with signs and, hopefully obvious, timing mats in the road. Please be on the lookout for the signs and timing mats at the base of each of these climbs and make sure to ride over the mat. Also, in order to ensure the chip is read, timing chips must be attached to your ankle and not on your bike frame, handlebars, or jersey pocket.
Garrett County and the Deep Creek Lake area boast some of the finest and most challenging cycling in North America, and the Garrett County Gran Fondo has established itself as a premier North American Gran Fondo unsurpassed in challenge, scenery, and riding quality.
The Garrett County Gran Fondo has a ride for everyone from the recreational cyclist to seasoned professionals with five supported ride options. The 125 mile "Diabolical Double Metric", the 102 mile "Savage Century", the 62 mile "Masochistic Metric", and the 44 mile "Fabulous 44" all contain very steep and challenging hills. The "Garrett's Greatest 25" includes hills but is appropriate for the recreational cyclist not desiring to undertake the more extreme Gran Fondo ride offerings.
The "Diabolical Double" - the feature event of the Garrett County Gran Fondo, the Diabolical Double is a true, extreme epic on par with European climbing classics such as Etape du Tour, la Marmotte, and the classic Italian Gran Fondos. At 125 miles and 16,500 feet of climbing, the Diabolical Double is an all-day affair that is an extreme challenge for even the most fit rider. Included in Rapha Continental's 2009 tour of the Top 25 Epic Rides in North America, and called by the Rapha riders "one of the most demanding and stunning rides of the summer", the Diabolical Double is destined to become a true North American cycling classic.
The "Savage Century" - at 102 miles and 12,700 feet of climbing, the Savage Century is a very challenging century ride in its own right despite playing second fiddle to the Diabolical Double. The Savage Century shares the first 59 miles and final 15 miles of the Diabolical Double route.
The "Masochistic Metric" - at 62 miles and 8000 feet of climbing, the Masochistic Metric can stake its claim as the toughest metric century route in North America. The Masochistic Metric shares the first 47 miles of the Diabolical Double and Savage Century routes and includes some of the most stunning rural scenery and vistas you are ever to encounter on a bike as well as the vast majority of the steepest climbs encountered in the Savage Century and Diabolical Double routes
The "Fabulous 44" - at 44 miles and 4800 feet of climbing, the "Fabulous 44" is an excellent option for anyone looking for a longer, more challenging ride than the "Garrett's Greatest 25", but is not ready to undertake the extreme challenge of the Masochistic Metric Century.
The "Garrett's Greatest 25" - A beautiful 25 mile ride through the rolling Garrett County farmland with a challenging 3 mile climb to the finish atop Wisp Mountain.
Despite the extreme nature of the some of the Garrett County Gran Fondo rides, there are no qualifying standard or time cutoff restrictions beyond event closure at dusk. The Gran Fondo rides include supply stations, tech/sag support and riders will be provided detailed cue sheets and elevation profiles. Even so, participants should prepare to be self-sufficient for up to 25 slow, hilly miles between checkpoints and supply stations.
All rides will start and finish at Adventure Sports Center International (ASCI), home of the world's only mountaintop whitewater rafting park, perched atop Wisp Mountain high above Deep Creek Lake.
All rides are 100% on paved roads, with the exception of the "Diabolical Double" which includes a 1.5 mile stretch of gravel on Blue Lick Road. If desired, Blue Lick Road can be avoided via a 1.5 mile extension.
Ride starts are staggered with the "Diabolical Double" departing at 7am, the "Savage Century" at 7:20am, the "Masochistic Metric" at 7:40am, the "Fabulous 44" at 8:00am, and the "Garrett's Greatest 25" immediately following at 8:05. A mandatory pre-ride briefing will commence at start line 10 minutes before each ride start.
All Gran Fondo rides include some very steep, extended climbing. Some hills average ~15% grade for over a mile, and many climbs peak out at over 20% pitch. All rides except the "Garrett's Greatest 25" summit finish atop Wisp Mountain with a 3/4 mile 13% grade climb. It is highly recommended that you gear your bike wisely in preparation for this. Even the strongest of cyclists appreciate compact cranks on this terrain.