Union City Gran Fondo

Sunday, October 21, 2018
A memorial ride for Karen Tinsley

Union City Gran Fondo
10 - 30 - 60 - 100 mile road + 60 - 100 MILE MIXED GRAVEL

Get on your bike and ride…again! Following Spin the District’s 3-day weekend in September, join us for a Gran Fondo on October 21st. Riders will start and end in Union City, home to beautiful parks and one of the largest film sound stages in the country. The Gran Fondo, which is Italian for “Big Ride”, includes a 10-mile family fun ride, plus a 30, 60 and 100-mile road option that will travel through scenic South Fulton, Fayette and Coweta Counties. Riders looking for a longer and err…bumpier ride can opt for the 60 or 100-mile mixed-gravel options. We think you’re pretty cool whichever route you choose.

STAY FOR THE PARTY! We invite both cyclists and spectators to join us in Union City after the ride for live music, food trucks, and a BMX stunt show, plus more surprises to come!

Register / Kit Order
Maps
Rules
Frequently Asked Questions

Karen Tinsley Family Bike Ride People having fun Bumpin' The Mango Band

Professor Karen L. Tinsley

The Gran Fondo is a memorial ride for UGA Professor Karen L. Tinsley. Dr. Tinsley was an avid cyclist, having logged well over 10,000 miles throughout Central and Northern Georgia, the North and South Carolina mountains, the Finger Lakes Region of New York State, and parts of the Tour de France routes in Europe. She was recently promoted to Senior Public Service Associate at the UGA College of Family and Consumer Studies and served as director of the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing. It was in that capacity that she worked with many communities, including Union City, to improve housing conditions in Georgia. Cycling and her work were among her greatest passions.

Prizes

We want our Gran Fondo participants to ride the ride how they want to, fast, slow or somewhere in between. If you want to miss all the spectacular scenery on the route and go for the gold we're all for it. The top three of both men and women of the 100-mile gravel ride will get free registration for next years event, trophies (or something similar) and a post-ride BBQ meal on us. The winners of both categories will get the same, plus a year of fame on our website and social media, a giant trophy (and/or maybe belt buckle or crown), an awards ceremony with real podium girls/boys... (okay, maybe not the podium, people) and dinner and drinks on us. More information on prizes to come.

Patches:
For participants who complete either of the 100-mile rides, you will receive a special Spin the District patch for completing the ride.

Gran Fondo Experience Registration Includes:

  • Commemorative Spin the District jersey
  • Commemorative Spin the District t-shirt
  • Aid station snacks
  • Post ride BBQ
  • Automatic entry for pre-ride drawings
All Other Ride Registration Includes:
  • Commemorative Spin the District t-shirt
  • Automatic entry for pre-ride drawings
  • Ability to pre-order jersey

Day of Registration:
$15 Additional per category. Day of does not include a t-shirt with registration.

Jersey's:
$70 for pre-registration only. Limited quantities, first come first serve. Deadline Sept. 24th

Day of Jersey's:
$100 until they're gone

Day of T-shirts:
$10 while they last.

It’s a party! 11 – 3PM
Live Music from the Michael Jons Band
BMX Stunt Shows
BBQ and Drinks for all ages
Fun for everyone whether you rode or didn’t

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Road Gran Fondo Routes

These are initial routes and are subject to change to a small degree based on road conditions and any other unknown variables before the start of the Gran Fondo. The final routes will be announced the end of September. All routes are not on a closed course. The few higher traffic intersections will have traffic control for safety. All traffic laws apply.

Gravel Gran Fondo Routes

These are initial routes and are subject to change to a small degree based on road conditions and any other unknown variables before the start of the Gran Fondo. The final routes will be announced the end of September. All routes are not on a closed course. The few higher traffic intersections will have traffic control for safety. All traffic laws apply.

Rules for Spin the District Gran Fondo:

  1. This is not an official “race”, but rather a self-paced ride.
  2. Helmets are mandatory. An approved cycling helmet is required. Cyclists must wear a certified cycling helmet with the chinstrap buckled at all times while riding on the course.
  3. Obey all Georgia Cycling Laws at all times. This is an open course ride and riders must stop at all stop signs and stop lights. Key intersections have been highlighted on the map for caution. Some busier intersections may be marshalled. Spin the District and staff have done their best to find safe routes with limited traffic. You understand that you are riding on public roads and that there are inherent dangers of riding your bicycle on them and that you are riding at your own risk and by participating you accept those risks. You are ultimately responsible for your own personal safety. For current Georgia Laws: (https://georgiabikes.org/index.php/resources/35/76-ga-bicycle-laws)
  4. All riders are to obey traffic officers and course marshals. To disobey instructions from these individuals will result in disqualification from the ride.
  5. Ride within the designated route. Ride safely and in control and follow all cycling rules of the road. Any cyclist who is deemed to be riding unsafely, discourteously or recklessly will be removed from the Spin the District Gran Fondo. Any riders found cycling outside the designated cycling lane for the Spin the District Gran Fondo will be automatically disqualified and pulled from the course on the spot.
  6. No outside support vehicles allowed along the course. Support vehicles and spectators are allowed in designated areas only. It is unsafe for spectators to stop at any other spot along the route.
  7. Emergency Vehicles ALWAYS have the right of way. If a rider encounters an emergency vehicle, the rider is to give way to the emergency vehicle by pulling over, stopping and dismounting.
  8. Display your event number at all times. All registered cyclists must wear their event number according to ride instructions. Riders who fail to do so will not receive an official finish time.
  9. No unregistered individuals. Unregistered riders will not be allowed on course during the event.
  10. Participants are permitted to use standard road bicycles, hybrids, commuters, mountain bikes, eBikes, recumbents, & recumbent trikes (trikes must have viewable safety flag).
  11. The use of aerobars is prohibited for the Spin the District Gran Fondo. (you can have them on your bike, please just don’t use them)
  12. No usage of headphones, personal stereos or cell phones while riding.
  13. Spin the District Gran Fondo riders under the age of 18 on race day must have their waiver signed by a parent or guardian in order to participate.
  14. The finish line of the Spin the District Gran Fondo will close at 4:00pm. Riders who are still on course after the ride close will still be permitted to finish the ride at their discretion, following all rules of the road. We will have Course Marshall’s sweep the course for riders after 4:00PM.
  15. No littering on course. Riders are to dispose of garbage in designated garbage bins only. Riders caught littering will be disqualified from the event.
  16. Event is run rain or shine.
  17. Public urination is not permitted. When nature calls, riders are asked to use porta-john or other provided facility at one of our aid stations.

Guidelines

  1. Be familiar with all Georgia Cycling Laws
  2. Be aware of others around you and communicate well in advance while cycling. Use gestures in combination with verbal commands. Pass on the left only. It is recommended that cyclists advise others that they are about to pass – politely saying “on your left” upon approaching a rider usually does the trick. Ride with your head up. Look down the road not at the person in front of you.
  3. If you choose to stop while on course, signal to the riders behind and pull over safely. Our on-course support team (mechanics, ride marshals, medical staff) may ask you to indicate whether or not you need assistance. If you’re okay, then signal with a “thumbs-up” to say, “Everything’s good with me.”
  4. Maintain control and speed of your bike, even going downhill.
  5. Know your limits. Crashes can occur when inexperienced riders do not have bike-handling skills to make quick decisions in a pack.
  6. Always plan an escape route.
  7. Never overlap your wheels with another cyclist.
  8. Be respectful of other riders and help others when needed.

What to bring:

Part of being a good cyclist is having the tools and accessories necessary to be self-sufficient, safe, and ready to ride. Below is a general list of items to bring as well as a to-do-list that you should have gone through well before the day of the ride.
  1. Helmet: Every ride requires every participant to wear an ANSI approved helmet.
  2. Gear Bag: We will have Aid Stations and Marshals roaming the course, but a gear bag is highly recommended. Under the seat gear bags are suggested and should be stocked it with the basics – extra tube, tire tools, a small multi-tool, and either a mini pump or a CO2 cartridge set.
  3. Tire Pressure: pump your tires up before coming to the ride. Pump your tires to the suggested PSI rating on your tire.
  4. Your bike: Give it a quick inspection. Spin the wheels to make sure they aren’t rubbing. Do the gears shift accurately and easily? Does everything seem to be in order? If not, head to your nearest local bike shop for a quick tune-up.
  5. Hydration/Food: Remember to bring plenty of water and maybe an energy snack (bar, gel, banana, etc) We will have aid stations to refill your bottles and pick up snacks, but it is always wise to ride with more than you think you will need.
  6. Optional items: The following will make your ride more enjoyable but aren’t absolutely necessary. Cycling gloves, sunglasses, cycling shoes and clipless pedals, padded cycling shorts.

Spin the District Frequently Asked Questions

Gravel Gran Fondo Routes

  1. What are the gravel courses like?
  2. Both the 60 and 100-mile option go through some of the prettiest areas of Atlanta. Most of the route is on smooth, rolling rural paved roads or very scenic rolling gravel, through horse and farm country. You could even see some wildlife. There are no hills that are too long or overly technical but there are a few short hills with a little “punch” to them. Spectacular views of fields, creeks and wooded-forest should keep you pretty occupied. There are a few intersections where there could be some traffic, but being South Fulton and Fayette county, there shouldn’t be too much. Most of the roads are used by cyclists on a daily basis.
  1. How much Gravel does the course have?
  2. Both the 60 and 100-mile options are roughly 30-40% gravel.
  1. How difficult is the gravel?
  2. Only Upper Wooten Road on the 100-mile option is considered difficult gravel. The course map ranks each the gravel sections from 1 – 5, with five being the most difficult. Most sections rank no higher than a 3. (there’s even a creek crossing only if you want to!)
  1. Can I ride the gravel on my road bike?
  2. Assuming the weather is good we feel you can, even with 23mm tires, but it’s your preference - 25mm are ok, and we recommend 28mm or greater for optimal handling. Cyclecross, Gravel and Mountain Bikes are perfect. If you are using anything other than we recommend practicing with your bike before trying. If you use a road bike with narrower tires, bring a few extra spare tubes and decrease your tire pressure to 70-80psi and just take it a little slower. We all have ridden every section on a road bike during our earlier training rides.
  1. Can I ride the gravel on my road bike?
  2. Assuming the weather is good we feel you can, even with 23mm tires, but it’s your preference - 25mm are ok, and we recommend 28mm or greater for optimal handling. Cyclecross, Gravel and Mountain Bikes are of course preferred. If you are using anything other than we recommend practicing with your bike before trying. If you use a road bike with narrower tires, bring a few extra spare tubes and decrease your tire pressure to 70-80psi and just take it a little slower. We all have ridden every section on a road bike during our earlier training rides.

Road Gran Fondo Routes

  1. What are the road courses like?
  2. The family ride is mostly flat with one busier intersection, but pretty quiet in general. The 30, 60 and 100-mile option for the most part follow the same route through some of the prettiest areas of South Atlanta. Most of the route is on smooth, rolling, rural paved roads through horse and farm country with great panoramic views of pastures and forest. There are a few intersections where there could be some traffic, but being South Fulton and Fayette county, there shouldn’t be too much. Most of the roads are used by cyclists on a daily basis.
  1. Is there any gravel on the road course?
  2. No – well just what’s on the side of the road or washed onto an intersection. The roads are mostly in great shape with just a few potholes to be on the look-out for.

General Gran Fondo Questions

  1. Why are the times staggered?
  2. We stagger the start times to help riders keep an eye on their course markers as well as try to get you all back roughly the same time. Each route uses much of the same roads with the gravel and 100-mile options diverting the most.
  1. How will the course be marked?
  2. We will have the course marked with small blue “Spin” standing yard signs with arrows. They will either say “ALL” with an arrow or 30/60 or 60/100 or individual instructions as necessary. We highly recommend printing a map and que-sheet or putting the rideGPS course on your devise to easily follow the course.
  1. Aid Stations?
  2. We will include key aid stations along the route, which you can find on the map marked as a red “A”. We will also callout gas stations or any public restrooms along the course. Our aid stations will include some tools for repair, extra tubes, water and some snacks for purchase (Unless you signed up for either Gran Fondo Experiences – which snacks are free)
  1. Are the roads closed?
  2. No. This is not a closed road course and all rules of the road must be followed. We will have route marshal’s along the route to help with directions and busier intersections. Please ride knowing that cars will be passing you. We will do our best to notify the public that riders are on the road.
  1. How do I get my pre ordered swag?
  2. We have jersey’s for purchase online, or free with registering for either of the full experiences. You will be able to pick them up the day before at a yet to be determined place near the airport, or at registration that morning. The same goes for your free Spin the District rider tshirt.
  1. How do I get my century patch?
  2. At the middle aid station past the 60-mile route, we will pass out your century patch then.
  1. Is there day of registration?
  2. Yes, though we would prefer you to pre-register if you can. Please get there early to avoid the rush. T-shirts will be given out with your registration until they are gone. There is no guarantee that we will have any remaining. There will also be an additional $15 per rider cost added to all day of registration for the 30-60-100 mile options and $10 for the family ride.
  1. What do I get if I “win” the Gran Fondo?
  2. Lots of Glory! This really isn’t a race, though we will have medals for the top three of each 30, 60, 100-mile option for men and women as well as giant “Masters of Gravel” and “King of the Road” championship belts for the winners of either of the 100-mile options for both men and women… and of course podium pictures and a year’s worth of bragging rights on our website. We will keep track of times for our riders though again, please remember, this is not a race and is just a fun ride out with friends. If we hear you cut the course or blew through an intersection you will be disqualified from winning.
  1. What happens when I get back?
  2. It’s a party! We will have live music, BBQ, drinks for both adults and kids until 4:00. The live music is free, the BBQ and drinks will have a cost, unless you registered for either of the Gran Fondo experiences.