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 FUNdo because we think it will be the most fun bike ride you’ll have this season.
WHAT TIME SHOULD I ARRIVE?
Please get to the Glendale Ridge Vineyard by 8:30 a.m. so you can park, sign your waiver and pick up your raffle tickets before we ride. The ride starts at 9:30 a.m., so if you get there with plenty of time to park, you can hobnob with friends before we take off for a beautiful day of riding.
HOW DO I GET TO THE FUNDO?
The start and finish of all rides are at Glendale Ridge Vineyard, 155 Glendale Rd., Southampton, Mass. 01073.
can i ship my bike?
Absolutely! We've partnered with BikeFlights.com to make it easier for you to ship your bike to our event. Just go to this link.
who can ride?
Anyone who regularly rides a bike enough to finish at least 39 miles.
is there any swag?
Yes! All riders receive cool stuff!
ARE PROS INVITED?
JAM Fund Co-Founder and Four-time U.S. National Cyclocross Champion Jeremy Powers, who is our awesome course designer, will lead out the Fundo with JAM Fund team riders and friends. Jeremy aims to shake hands with every rider in attendance! Most of our riders are average cyclists like you. Of course, you may see other lifelong members of the JAM Fund Family including U.S. National and Pan American International Cyclocross Champion Stephen Hyde (Cannondale/CyclocrossWorld), U23 Cyclocross National and World Champion Ellen Noble (Aspire Racing), Anthony Clark (Squid Bikes), Jeremy Durrin (NeonVelo) and U.S. National Criterium Champion Brad Huff (Rally Cycling)! In the past, our pro guests included Tim Johnson, Ryan Trebon, Gabby Durrin, Phil Gaimon, Ted King, Mo Bruno Roy, Jamie Driscoll, Lyne Bessette, Kevin Monahan, Emerson Oronte and Mike Creed. There are always familiar faces who show up!
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?
For the FUNdo loop, we recommend a road or cyclocross bike with flat resistant tubes and any tire over 25c wide (preferably 28c). For Adventure riders, we recommend a cross bike with 35c+ tires. You could ride a mountain bike on the Adventure Loop, but that's not ideal since there are still plenty of road sections on that route. Everyone should bring their own tubes and tools just in case. There is SRAM support on the FUNdo route but not on the trail sections of the Adventure CX loop.
How hard is the ride? How long will it take?
Our classic Grand Fundo route is a challenging 68 miles, perfect for seasoned riders and should take about four hours. The shorter 39-mile Mini Fundo should take about three hours. The new 65-mile Adventure CX loop is a tough one and for riders who have prepared for steep climbs and descents. The Cx should take about five hours.
Is the route available for download?
Yes! Please use these links:
IS THERE a post-ride party?
Yes! After the rides are over at about 2:00 p.m., we’ll celebrate at the Glendale Ridge Vineyard, the spot where all the rides start and end. We'll have plenty of food including our marinated chicken, grilled 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 such as the grilled tofu and veggies. 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 signs with directional arrows at each intersection. Red arrows mark the Adventure Loop. Blue is for the classic Grand Fundo and yellow arrows on the ground indicate the Mini Fundo loop. 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. There is no mechanical support on the CX Adventure loop trails, so bring your tools.
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!