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Who do I contact for more information?
You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is this a race?
Nope. We want you to take your time and enjoy the fun aid stations and the great views! We'll have a few timed sections in the Fondo rides for you to stretch your legs if you want to.
What kind of bike should I bring?
A road bike is the best bet for all the courses, but most any type of bike will do. Mountain bikes, cyclocross bikes, triathlon bikes, commuter bikes, and maybe even a unicycle could all get the job done. The point is to take your time and enjoy the majestic views and the fun aid stations along the way. Check out our Rules & Policies page for the specifics.
What kind of gearing should I use?
The Rensselaerville area has no shortage of steep gradients. We suggest showing up with a smoothly shifting bike with some easy gearing options. For those of you who are technically minded, we recommend at least a 39x27 gear, but encourage a compact or triple-ring crankset.
I’m the only cyclist in my family, is there anything else to do?
Yes! We have a little something for everyone at the Festival. Take a look at our Festival tab for more information on what we have cooking (literally) for riders and non-riders alike.
What happens if it rains?
We’ll have a fantastic day in Rensselaerville, rain or shine. Unless the weather gets apocalyptic, we’ll send riders off on our four ride options. If you’re a fair weather rider, you can still enjoy all the activities at the festival up at the Carey Institute for Global Good on a rainy day, so mark your calendars and come on up!
Do I need a USA Cycling or UCI license to participate?
Nope, no cycling license needed!
Are there any rules?
We plan to have lots of people on their bikes out on the open road, so we do have a few rules to follow to keep everyone safe and happy. Check them out on our Rules & Policies page.
What kind of snacks can we expect at the aid stations?
Each aid station will have a unique theme and distinct tasty treats. They'll also all be stocked with drink mix and energy bars from Herbalife 24, the Jamis - Hagens Berman Professional Cycling Team nutritional sponsor. If you need a spare tube or an allen wrench, we'll have you covered there too.
What do you mean by 'dirt' in the route descriptions?
The Medio and Gran Fondo ride options contain sections on seasonally maintained dirt roads through State Forests. These portions are relatively smooth, predominately uphill and tons of fun. Your road bike should be up to the challenge, just make sure that your tires are in good shape and that you've got an extra tube in your back pocket.
How many miles of dirt roads do each of the routes contain?
Our Gran Fondo and Medio Fondo routes feature approximately 7 and 4 miles of dirt roads, respectively.