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 and 60-mile road option that will travel through scenic South Fulton County, passing through the picturesque towns of Serenbe and Chattahoochee Hills. Riders looking for a longer and err…bumpier ride can opt for the 100-mile mixed gravel and road option. We think you’re pretty cool whichever option you choose.

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!

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.


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.

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.

$70 for pre-registration only. Limited quantities, first come first serve. Deadline Sept. 7th

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

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