Frequently Asked Questions
What you need to know about the Grand Fundo
WHAT IS A GRAND FUNDO?
In the cycling world, a gran fondo is a massive group ride that can attract thousands of cyclists of all ages and abilities. We call our event the Grand FUN-do because we think it will be the most fun bike ride you’ll have this season.
WHAT TIME SHOULD I ARRIVE?
The ride starts at 9:30 a.m., so arrive an hour earlier or at least with plenty of time to park and hobnob with your friends before we take off for a beautiful day of riding.
HOW DO I GET TO THE FUNDO?
The start and finish of all three rides are at Black Birch Vineyard and Winery, 155 Glendale Rd., Southampton, Mass. 01073.
who can ride?
Anyone who regularly rides a bike enough to finish at least 38 miles.
is there any swag?
Yes! All riders receive cool stuff including our signature JAM Fund pint glasses that you can use for the beer served at the BBQ.
ARE PROS INVITED?
Four-time U.S. National Cyclocross Champion Jeremy Powers, who is one of the event organizers and the course designer, will lead out the Fundo. Jeremy is one of the nicest guys on the pro race circuit, and aims to shake the hand of every rider in attendance! Most of our riders are average cyclists like you. Of course, we've invited several other pro cyclists who support the JAM Fund and who enjoy the scenic riding in Western Massachusetts. In the past, our pro guests included Tim Johnson, Stephen Hyde, Anthony Clark, Jeremy Durrin, Gabby Durrin, Phil Gaimon, Brad Huff, Mo Bruno Roy, Jamie Driscoll, Lyne Bessette, Kevin Monahan, Emerson Oronte and Mike Creed. Some familiar faces may show up again this year!
IS THE RIDE SUPPORTED?
Yes! We have several rest stops stocked full with snacks and Fluffernutter sandwiches. At mile 32, you can grab a refreshing cone at our ice cream truck. Technical support is provided by SRAM in vehicles with mechanics, tubes, tires and other supplies that you may need to finish the ride. We also have a sweep van to pick up any stragglers.
What bike should I bring? Road or Cross?
Either bike is great because there are plenty of dirt and paved roads. We recommend flat resistant tubes and any tire over 25C wide. Bring your own tubes and tools just in case SRAM is helping someone else with a wheel change.
How hard is the ride? How long will it take?
The Grand Fundo route is a challenging 68 miles, perfect for seasoned riders and should take about four hours. The 78-mile Hundo will be considerably more difficult, and in our opinion, is for category 1 or 2 riders or folks who train seriously. We have a cutoff for riders to start the Hundo loop and expect the fittest cyclists to finish in five hours. The 39-mile Mini Fundo should take about three hours.
What's the elevation look like?
IS THERE a post-ride party?
Yes! After the rides are over at about 2:00 p.m., we’ll celebrate at the Black Birch Vineyard, the spot where all the rides start and end. We'll have plenty of food including our famous pig roast, delicious bbq tofu, roasted veggies, corn-on-the-cob, watermelon, beer and more ice cream. All of that is included in the price of your ride registration. There's also our awesome raffle where you can win great prizes from our sponsors, and our Grant Awards Ceremony. Buy a raffle ticket or two when you register for the Fundo.
Is there a vegetarian option for dinner?
Yes! The food crew will prepare vegetarian options for lunch, so if meat isn't your thing, we'll have alternatives. There will also be plenty of snacks, side dishes and drinks. If you have particular dietary needs, please contact us ahead of time and we'll do our best to address your concerns.
Will I get lost?
The route will be clearly marked with spray-painted Grand Fundo stencils on the pavement and large Coroplast signs with directional arrows at each intersection. No riders will be left behind; there will be over twenty support riders scattered through out the bunch with knowledge of the course to help get you home safely. A van will sweep the course at the end of the day to help out any riders unable to finish.
Is the route available for download?
Yes! Please use these links:
WHERE SHOULD I STAY?
- For the baller: Hotel Northampton or Lord Jeffery Inn
- For the modest rider: Autumn Inn, Holiday Inn Express/Westfield or Quality Inn
- For the camper: Windy Acres Campground KOA in Northampton/Springfield
where does all the money go?
All the proceeds from the event go to the Jam Fund program, devoted to helping young, enthusiastic cyclists become professional athletes.
How Do I register?
It's easy! Go to BikeReg and make sure to buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win Jeremy's limited edition championship bike!