Triple Peak Gran Fondo 2018

Triple Peak Gran Fondo
Saturday, June 2, 2018
Century+, Metric+, and Half+ routes!

Element Adventures is proud to announce the first Triple Peak Fondo, featuring three iconic climbs in the greater Winchester area!  The Triple Peak Century+ route has it all: plenty of miles, beautiful pastoral vistas, stiff mountain climbs (with accompanying descents!), and even a couple miles of gravel.  Not for the faint of heart, the Century+ features 116 miles with 9,250 feet of elevation gain.  The Metric+ and Half+ provide shorter challenges, but adventure nonetheless!  Over mostly rural roads, you’ll get to see the beauty of northwest Virginia, as well as a fair bit of West Virginia.

A portion of each participant’s entry fee will be donated to Congregational Community Action Project (CCAP), a local charity.  We ask that all participants bring a canned food item to donate to the food pantry.   CCAP maintains a food pantry, operates a clothing center with all sizes, and offers assistance in other areas such as rents, utilities and prescription drugs.  Help us raise funds for this organization that does so much in Winchester/Frederick County!

This ride will be supported with aid stations along the route, details on placement below.  Be sure to carry at least the minimum supplies with you: spare tube(s), pump, patches, multi-tool. There will be a very nice buffet at the end of the ride, provided by a local caterer.

Timed Hill Climbs:  We will award prizes to the top 3 fastest times on the three major climbs, and the fastest over the three combined for the Century+ route.  We will not have timing chips, so we will be using Strava to record the times.  In order to be entered into the timed climbs, therefore, you will need a Garmin, phone, or other GPS device and upload your ride to Strava when you complete your ride.  Here are the Strava segments: Boyd’s Gap:  Shanghai Express:  Fetzers Gap:

Prizes: Overall winner: A Triple Peak Gran Fondo jersey and a $50 gift card to Element Sports!  Top 3 winners each climb: $30 gift card for 1st, $20 gift card for 2nd, $10 gift card for 3rd.  Winners can only win one prize, so you’ll be awarded the highest prize you qualify for.  We’ll have 10 winners!

Location: Element Sports, 2009 S Loudoun St, Winchester, VA 22601

Cost: $40 Century+ / $35 Metric+ and Half+ until May 12, then $50/$45 until June 1.  Day of registrations will be $65 any route, provided there are registrations available.

Time: Check-in opens at 7:00 am and will be open through 11:00 am.  You may begin your ride as soon as you check in!  The longer the route you are doing, the earlier you will want to start, as there will be cut-offs.  See FAQ for details on cutoff times.  Please be sure to officially check out after the ride so we know you are off the course.

Post-ride Meal: Located at the finish at Element Sports. Riders will enjoy a buffet provided by a local caterer. Also, each of-age rider will receive a complementary beer provided by Escutcheon Brewing (you may buy more if you like!). You may also purchase meal tickets in advance for friends and family that come out with you.

Parking: There is limited parking behind the store.  You may need to find parking down the street or even at larger shopping centers like Wal-Mart, etc.

Register Here.  Space is limited to 200 total riders, so register today!

Volunteers!  We can definitely use volunteers, so please register as a volunteer if you are willing to help out.

Event memorabilia: Pre-order a jersey to commemorate this great ride!  These jerseys are full-zip and made of advanced moisture-wicking fabric to keep you cool and dry.  Comfortable club fit.  they do tend to run small, so you’ll want to order one size up from your normal clothes. You can order your jersey on the BikeReg registration page$70.

Training Rides:  April 29 and May 20, 1pm.  Meet at Element Sports for a training ride for the Triple Peak Gran Fondo. We will cover about 60 miles and one of the climbs in the Fondo. This will be a no drop ride, with an predicted average speed in the 14-15 mph range. $10, pay when you arrive, will cover snacks and drink and a guide for the ride (no other SAG). Use these rides to fine-tune your conditioning, familiarize yourself with the course, or to have a nice afternoon of riding with friends!


We’re looking forward to a fantastic ride!

Points of Note:

  • Mountain descents are steep and have sharp turns, and may have potholes.  Please be careful!
  • Follow all rules of the road: stop at signs, stoplights, etc.  Please ride single file when cars come up behind you. Roads will not be closed to traffic.
  • There are no gravel roads (the one gravel road has been removed from the route)
  • At second aid station at mile 48, there is a short stretch on US 522.  This highway is high speed, please be careful.
  • Mile 99-101 on Century+ route is on US 55.  This highway is high speed, please be careful.
  • Although the overall elevation gain is not tremendous for the lengths of the rides, the major climbs are steep (especially Shanghai!), so make sure you are appropriately geared!

Route Details:

Triple Peak Century+


Double Peak Metric+


Single Peak Half+

Partners and Sponsors

We’d like to thank our partners and sponsors: Hammer Nutrition, Escutcheon Brewing, Coach & Horses Tea Room, Shop ‘n Save, Baker’s Store, Martin’s, Costco



What is included with registration?  A beautiful ride with stocked aid stations and great support, as well as an excellent post-ride meal.  Sure, some other fondos hand out more swag like t-shirts or glasses.  But they’re also a lot more expensive!  Triple Peak Gran Fondo jerseys are available for purchase for $70.  A picture of the jersey will be uploaded as soon as it is available.

What is the refund or transfer policy?  There are no refunds, but registrations can be transferred for a $5 fee.

What is the cancellation policy? The Triple Peak Gran Fondo will run rain or shine.  If for some reason the event needs to be cancelled, Element Adventures will do their very best to be fair to the registrants, which may include at least a partial refund if possible.  Most likely, registrants will receive credit toward another Element Adventures event.

Can I buy post-ride meals for my family?  Sure!  $10/person.  Please purchase ahead of time.

What can my family do while I am riding?  There is tons for your family to do while you are out riding!  Jim Barnett Park is just down the street; they have playgrounds, a bmx track, a disc golf course, and more!  There is the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley nearby, the Third Battle of Winchester for a stroll through history, Apple Blossom mall for shopping and movies, and plenty more in the area!

Must I do the ride for which I registered?  If you need to switch to a shorter, you just need to mention it at the start or at the aid station should you choose to switch mid-ride.  Please, if you decide you want to tackle the Century+ after having registered for a shorter course, stop in and pay the difference at the end of the ride.

If I have a mechanical or minor injury and need a ride back to the start, what do I do?  Either let a volunteer at an aid station know and a ride will be arranged, or call Element Sports at 540-662-5744 and we will arrange to have someone pick you up.  If you have an emergency or major injury, please first call 911!

Are there shower and changing facilities?  There is a single shower at Element Sports, which you will be welcome to use (no guarantees on how long the hot water will last!).  There is also a separate changing room.

Are there cut off times?  Yes.  We’d like to make sure everyone is finished and off the roads by 8pm.  Those on the Century+ route who do not make it to aid station 2 by 1:30 pm will be redirected onto the Metric+ route.  If you do not make it to aid station 3 by 4 pm or aid station 4 by 6pm, you may be picked up by SAG (possibly dropped back off further along the route).  Century+ and Metric+ riders need to make it to aid station 1 by 12pm, otherwise they may be redirected onto the Half+ route.

Are roads closed to traffic?  No.  All roads are open to traffic at all times.  There will be no mass start or police escort.  Riders are responsible to ride safely and to obey all traffic laws.

Will there be an awards ceremony for the Timed Hill Climbs competition?  Unfortunately, there will be no awards ceremony, as determining the winners will not be possible until riders have returned and uploaded their rides to Strava.  All riders who would like to have their times considered must upload their rides to Strava by 8:15 pm.  Winners will be announced by email and Facebook and prizes mailed.

If you have questions, please call us at 540-662-5744 or email us at