Route Announced for Juniors Racing 2024 USA Cycling Gran Fondo National Championships

March 21, 2024

Male and Female 14-16 year age groups will compete on 61-mile Medio course.

(Gettysburg, PA – March 21, 2024) /ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ – Gran Fondo National Series and USA Cycling today announced that Junior 14-16 Male and Female racers will compete for 2024 USA Cycling Gran Fondo National Championships on the 61-mile Medio Route of Gran Fondo Maryland on September 15, 2024. Junior 17-18 Male and Female racers and all other National Championships age groups will compete on the Gran Route.

Thanks to generous support from Shimano, Junior and U23 riders can compete at SUAREZ Gran Fondo National Series events – including the USA Cycling Gran Fondo National Championships – for an entry fee of just $23.

Riders must meet qualification criteria to compete at the 2024 Gran Fondo National Championships. Riders can qualify through results and participation at SUAREZ Gran Fondo National Series events and Partner-Events. Additional #GFNats qualifier events will be announced as they are available.

“We want riders in the 14-16 year age group to be appropriately challenged and have a great day on their bikes,” said Gran Fondo National Series founder, Reuben Kline. “With our timed-segment competition format, a 60-mile National Championship event will be an accessible challenge for younger competitors. Between our Junior and U23 initiatives, we believe #GFNats can be an effective talent identification opportunity for USA Cycling.”

Gran Fondo Maryland, September 15, 2024 in Frederick, MD, is open to all riders. Riders must only qualify for the Gran Fondo National Championships wave, which will start 30 minutes before Gran Fondo Maryland riders. National Championships age groups range from 14 to 75+. National Champions in age groups 30+ will qualify for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships.

ABOUT USA CYCLING (usacycling.org)

USA Cycling is the national governing body for the sport of cycling and oversees the disciplines of road, track, mountain bike, cyclocross, gravel, BMX, and esports. USA Cycling’s mission is to grow participation and engagement with the sport of bicycle racing and achieve sustained international success across all cycling disciplines. USA Cycling supports cyclists of all levels and abilities, from those just beginning in the sport to international caliber athletes. The organization identifies, develops, and selects cyclists to represent the United States in international competition through the support of youth and interscholastic programs, amateur and grassroots bike racing events, athlete development programs, and operational support for cycling clubs, racing teams, and event organizers. USA Cycling has a membership of 80,000, sanctions over 2,500 events annually, and is a member of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC).

About Gran Fondo National Series (granfondonationalseries.com)

Founded in 2012 by event director Reuben Kline, the Gran Fondo National Series is the largest and most competitive series of gran fondo cycling events in the United States. Gran Fondo National Series was the first series to implement timed-segment racing into US gran fondo events and has crowned Gran Fondo National Champions and Gran Fondo National Series Champions since 2012. Since 2020, Gran Fondo National Series has been the organizer of the official USA Cycling Gran Fondo National Championships.