Sunday, August 13th 2017. Roll out; 7.00am, Noosa Marina
The Gran Fondo course, together with the Imperial extends further north than the Medio and enjoys more stunning hinterland scenery.
The Gran Fondo includes several additional sectors of ‘strade bianche’; the ‘white’ or gravel roads with the punishing Shadbolt Road climbs and white-knuckle descents off the ‘Gap’ and ‘Gentle Annie’.
Several refreshment stops, including the now famous Lemon Ladies will provide water, bananas and other free delicacies. Expect other delicious treats at the other refuelling stops on the northern loop!
In Kin Kin, the Black Ant Cafe and Kin Kin Hotel can also be tempting for weary riders.
Approximately 2000m of vertical climb.
This event is not for beginners.
The route will be marked at relevant intersections and there will be a ‘broom wagon’, however participants will be responsible for their own navigation, nutrition, mechanicals and safety. GPS devices are permitted, but riders should also seriously consider having a copy of the maps for this region as a backup. Participants must carry their own food/water, although we will pass through several towns where food and drinks can be purchased & toilet stops can be made. There are several refueling stops on-course also.
Carry whatever you’ll need to survive! Be prepared to cope with broken spokes, flats, broken chains, etc.
The following are suggested:
- Extra half links.
- At least 2 tubes and a perhaps patch kit.
- A decent hand pump (and possibly CO2 also, but never rely on it solely).
- A multi-tool that does everything.
- Extra Derailleur hanger?
- The capacity to carry fluids and food, although it will be possible to re-provision en-route.
- Front & rear lighting for the possibility of late return.
Be prepared to help out your fellow riders… and enjoy the ride!