Test your end-of-season fitness on one of these long, fall bike rides in the USABy: Christine Bucher
Hood River Gran Fondo Hood River, Oregon
Gawk at majestic alpine scenery along the Columbia River Gorge, including dramatic views of Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams. Try to clock the fastest effort on the timed climb, 59 miles in--it's 4.5 miles with grades of 6 to 8 percent. Your reward comes immediately, on the 3-mile descent. September 22; 100 miles (30-, 50-, and 80-mile options).
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Fly Gran Fondo Fly, Tennessee
Though age-group and team honors are up for grabs, autumn-tinted leaves take center stage on this route along Tennessee back roads. And the post-ride feast—Cajun-inspired last year—is guaranteed to cancel out your calorie debt. October 7; 65 miles (45-mile option).
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Tri-States Gran Fondo Mesquite, Nevada
Pass through Nevada, Arizona, and Utah along nearly traffic-free roads. Climb a steady 5 to 6 percent grade for 27 miles before hitting the famed red-rocks region on a loop through Snow Canyon and Gunlock state parks. The payoff? A 20-plus-mile no-brakes descent. November 3; 112 miles (54-mile option).
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Life Time Gran Fondo San Antonio, Texas
Take in sweeping ranchland vistas on the rugged rollers of Texas Hill Country. Hit a designated time on three challenge sections to win a special head badge. Refuel on Texas-style barbecue. November 18; 100 km (25- and 50km options).
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SLO Gran Fondo San Luis Obispo, CA
Follow Cabrillo Highway past terraced vineyards and coastal headlands to the gates of the opulent Hearst Castle while raising money for two local charities. Top fundraisers win a free event jersey and a VIP dinner. October 20; 100 miles (25-, 50-, and 75-mile options).
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