The Gran Fondo Badlands ride begins at the largest (blue) Dinosaur in the world. There should be little, if any, traffic. The roads are in great shape with smooth pavement all the way around the course. Heading along the North Dinosaur Trail right past the Royal Tyrrell Museum to the 100 year old Bleriot ferry, approximately 25 km. Stop at the aid station for refreshments, take in the scenery, enjoy the ferry ride across the Red Deer river (takes about 2 minutes!) pedal up the short but serious hill (12% – make sure you are in your small gear!), then back to town along the South Dinosaur Trail. This is approximately 50 km.
Once back in town continue south on Highway 10. Around 10 km later you will turn right onto Highway 10X and into the historic town of Wayne, crossing a world record number of bridges (11) in the shortest distance (10 km). After visiting the Wayne Hotel Baconsaurus station, return to Highway 10. Turn right and ride along the river and past hoodoos to the aid station at Dorothy.
Ride east up the 2 km 8% monster hill which to add another 20 km. Turn around at the sign and follow Highway 10 back to Drumheller. This will give you a total riding mileage of 100 miles to the finish.
Until December 31st, 2020
$150 (plus GST)
January 1st – June 30th, 2021
$175 (plus GST)
July 1st – July 31st, 2021 (online registration closes)
$195 (plus GST)
Registration costs INCLUDE online processing fees for the 2020 event. Applicable taxes calculated at checkout.
Times will be combined on two hills to determine the KOM/QOM so watch for the signs. Those riding 140/162 km are eligible for prizes (top 3 KOM/QOM combined times) but everyone will get the first hill climb time recorded.
First climb – right out of the Ferry on the return trip to Drum. This climb is a slap in the face – you will see short bits of 12% grade. The climb is 1.2 km long.
Second climb – after Aid Station 4/5 at Dorothy, 2 km gradual climb, approximately 7 to 9% grade.
RESULTS by STARTLINE TIMING.
PLEASE NOTE: We are happy to provide spare tubes and other minor repairs during the course of your ride, however if you have any other mechanical issues we would ask you to be prepared to cover the cost of these items. Please make arrangements with the mechanics (either TCR SportLab or VeloFix) to pay for them when you arrive at the finish line. Thank you for your cooperation.
An amazing cycling event in the Alberta Badlands. Hoodoos, ride the ferry and fuel up at the Baconsaurus station. Just don't feed the dinosaurs!
If you are on Zwift- or have been contemplated trying out online riding, check out this event! Some really fun options here and every athlete will get a finisher jersey mailed to them!
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3 weeks ago
COVID19 UPDATE! In an effort to work together with municipal, provincial, and federal guidelines- the Gran Fondo Badlands event will no longer take plan in June. The new event date has been set for Saturday, August 8, 2020, PLEASE NOTE this is subject to COVID19 updates! We can not guarantee the new race date due to the ever changing regulations, but we are working hard behind the scenes to have a EPIC event! ... See MoreSee Less
1 month ago
Just heard no large group events this summer 🙁
Sameer Hasham Rahim Daredia
Given the uncertainty around the Covid19 virus, we will be making a decision in early May as to whether our event will go ahead as planned. If we are required to cancel, all registered participants will be rolled over to the 2021 event for no extra charge.
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2 months ago
Thank you for all the work towards this. It's not easy. Stay safe and Healthy.
Richard Cornelis Hijnen, here is where I saw the info.