Online registration for the 2018 Cache Gran Fondo is NOW OPEN.
Please read the information below and CLICK HERE to register or copy the link below into your browser.
The Cache Gran Fondo is an annual Italian-style ride in Cache Valley in Northern Utah. The Cache Gran Fondo occurs on the 2nd Saturday of every July and riders can ride either on a 38 mile, 50 mile, 70 mile or 100+ mile route. As one of the fastest-growing and largest rides in Utah, our focus has always been to create a fun, rewarding and challenging event. Our riders enjoy well-stocked support stations, chances to win great prizes, enjoy a great breakfast and lunch, receive big-blingy finisher medals, and have a fun day riding with 1000+ other inspiring cyclists. Race teams, corporate teams, families & neighborhood groups, couples and individuals all converge in Cache Valley for this big, fun, ride.
Every year we also offer a limited-edition cycling jersey AT COST - only $35. Below is an example of the beginning design the 2018 version. The finished design is still in the works and will be posted soon. For sizing information for both Men's and Women's, CLICK HERE.
Prior to the 2018 Cache Gran Fondo on Saturday morning, riders will be offered a complimentary breakfast, courtesy of our title sponsors, Intermountain Logan Regional Hospital and Intermountain Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. This healthy breakfast is available from 6:00 to 6:45 a.m. at the start line. Come a bit early and get fueled up for the big ride, and there will also be items you can take with you.
Start Times (NOTE TIMES SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
NOTE: As a Gran Fondo National Series event, the 100+ mile course will contain several segment challenges (at least one hill, and 2 flat). More information on the timed segments will be highlighted before the event. The 70, 50 and 38 will also have at least one timed segment, most likely 2 for the 50 and 70 course.
- 6:40 a.m. | 100 mile COMPETITIVE RIDERS (Average speed 19-25mph+)
- 6:43 a.m. | 100 mile RECREATIONAL RIDERS (Average flat speed 15-20+)
- 6:46 a.m. | Special Team Start, Team Intermountain Live Well (All distances)
- 6:49 a.m. | 70 mile COMPETITIVE RIDERS (Average speed 19-25mph+)
- 6:52 a.m. | 70 mile RECREATIONAL RIDERS (Average flat speed 15-20+)
- 6:55 a.m. | 50 & 38 mile COMPETITIVE RIDERS (Average speed 19-25mph+)
- 6:58 a.m. | 50 & 38 mile RECREATIONAL RIDERS (Average flat speed 15-20+)
All competitive-level riders need to be ready to ride by 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 14, from Logan Regional Hospital's southwest parking lot located at 500 East, 1400 North, in Logan, Utah. Riders can choose from either a NEW 38 mile, 50 mile , NEW 70 mile or 100+-mile course through Cache Valley. All distances' finish line is located in downtown Logan on 100 North between 100 West and Main Street (NOTE: Finish line is one block north of the 2012-2014 rides).
For prizes, your competing age is the age you will be on December 31st of the current year we are in. (example: If you compete on July 14th and are 44 years old on the day of the race, and your birthday is Nov 3rd, your racing age would be 45). Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the following categories;
- Junior (Male) 14-20
- Men 21-34
- Men 35-44
- Men 45-54
- Men 55-64
- Men 65 and up
- Junior (Female) 14-20
- Women 21-34
- Women 35-44
- Women 45-54
- Women 55-64
- Women 65 and up
- Men's Overall King of Hill (50 & 70, and 100+)
- Women's Overall Queen of Hill (50 & 70, and 100+)
* Note: ALL 1st place finishers on the 100+ mile course and KOM/QOM will receive a custom limited edition Finishers Jersey, courtesy of HyperThreads. Jersey design and more information coming...
NEW for 2018, a 38-Mile Course
The 50-Mile Course
In 2017, we had to reverse the route due to some spring flooding that damaged several roads - and the feedback was very positive on the new coarse. In 2018, we will keep the 2017 route, stating with pilot cars from Logan Regional Hospital on 400 East to 2500 N, crossing US91 and leaving the city via Airport road. The ride will continue through Benson, past Benson Marina and turn north onto Highway 23. Newton will serve as your two support stations (at 17 and 37 miles). Finish line will be the same on 100 North in downtown Logan, Utah.
Here is an aerial view from Relive.com https://www.relive.cc/view/1045801336
NEW for 2018, a 70 mile route.
Our 70-mile course will add an additional loop to the 50-mile course, and send riders through Trenton, to Lewiston north and then back south to Newton. The loop will be a very flat and open course through the farm-lands of northern Cache Valley. Based on early registration numbers, this new route is already looking to be a favorite distance in 2018.
The 100-Mile Course. 2017 Weston Canyon route.
In 2017, we reversed the 100-mile course to provide more safe passage over Valley View highway, and to avoid a mid-day southerly wind from Malad to Riverside. The feedback was overwhelming positive, AND that it is a hard century. The back-side of Weston Canyon is a steady climb with a steep summit, and it was a challenge for some riders. In 2018, we will add more hydro and fuel options earlier and the early riding out of Logan and through the Bear River area will also have less traffic. Like last year, we will have pilot cars from the start to the Cache/Box Elder county line). See Strava link below;
Course on Strava: https://www.strava.com/routes/9129998
The Finish, Lunch and the Expo
After completing your desired distance, all participants are invited to participate in the Cache Gran Fondo's Gran Feed and Outdoor Expo sponsored by the Logan Downtown Alliance. The Gran Feed will be held on 100 North between Main Street and 100 West. Logan City will close the entire street for Saturday and welcome the Gran Fondo riders to eat, meet local vendors, win prizes as part of the ride, listen to local bands and enjoy a great summer evening in downtown Logan. There will be activities for people of all ages. Additionally, thousands of community members will be mingling as part of the Downtown Logan Farmers Market adjacent to the finish area, & this weekend also marks the opening of the Cache Valley Opera season.
This year (2018) the Cache Valley Mountain Bike Team will be providing a Bike Valet to all our riders at the finish line, so you can check your bike in, enjoy the expo and your lunch, and have your bike watched over in a secure area. We pay for their set-up, but it is a fundraiser for the club so please bring a few extra dollar to tip the valets for the service.
Photos: Start line, on-course, and finish line/podium
Each year we hire a professional photographer who works very hard to capture our riders at the start line, on the course and at the finish line. ALL PHOTOS are free-of-charge to our riders, and as you can see from the photo gallery link below, there are hundreds of great images for you to download, share and keep as a reminder of your time at the Cache Gran Fondo.
Free to view, download and share.
PHOTOS by Gary Bird Photography. Gary can also professionally print them for a small fee.
To download the images royalty free:
There are plenty of places to park at both the start and finish line. Many riders like to park in downtown Logan, and then ride to the hospital so they don't have to get back on the bike after the ride. Both options are available. Please note that the finish line is about 12 blocks away from the start line. Please enter parking areas by driving east until you get to 600 East. 400 East will be closed off to vehicles on race day morning, please enter from 600 east.
Start line parking
Riders are eligible to win many prizes. The set of rider prizes is still being finalized, but we will have bike jerseys and many different camping items from CampChef, gift cards and great rider gifts from Al's Sporting Goods, a cycling items from The Sportsman and Joyride Bikes, and Malouf Sleep products will also be adding to the prizes. A tradition at Cache Gran Fondo is EVERYBODY is eligible to win regardless of their finish time, (but we throw prizes at some of the winners too!). Many of you will walk away with great prizes in addition to the finisher gifts. ALSO in 2017 Joyride Bikes and Utah Public Radio for supplying water bottles for all our riders, and we are working on similar gifts for 2018.
Traffic Laws and Ground Rules
- Riders must ride no more than two abreast. Ride two abreast only if the shoulder is wide enough.
- Ride on the right shoulder of the road, AND NEVER CROSS THE YELLOW CENTER LINE.
- Obey all traffic signs and signals
- Keep your bike equipped with two water bottles, spare tubes, and basic repair equipment. Although we will have bike mechanics throughout the course, you are responsible for repairing your tire and bike should you experience mechanical errors.
- Cross railroad tracks perpendicularly and with CAUTION
- Watch out for road hazards
- Helmets are required
- Smile and wave
- Please thank the volunteers
We are pleased to announce our 2018 Hotel Sponsor and partner, Marriott Springhill Suites at the Riverwoods Center. For more information about the hotel, CLICK HERE. If you are read to reserve one of the special blocks of rooms, Book your group rate for Cache Gran Fondo
SpringHill Suites by Marriott®
With gorgeous views of the Wasatch Mountain range the SpringHill Suites® by Marriott
at The Riverwoods is the perfect place to relax. A 2017 complete hotel renovation
assures our guests that they will enjoy the most modern and up to date furnishings
available with all furniture designed exclusively for Springhill Suites by West Elm. Each of
the 115 guest suites offer luxury bedding, wireless high-speed internet, flat-screen
satellite television, two station bathrooms and a separate comfortable seating area. And
don’t forget, breakfast is complimentary every day in the lobby.
We suggest reserving quickly, rooms around the weekend of the event fill-up quickly. We also have many other great hotels in the area, many of them are listed below;
- Holiday Inn Express Hotel
- Hampton Inn
- Comfort Inn
- Best Western Weston Inn
- Super 8
- Crystal Inn Hotel & Suites
- Best Western Baugh Motel
- Days Inn and Suites
- If you prefer to bring your camper or tent, there are dozens of nearby options. Refer to this list of campgrounds in the Logan area.
If this is your first time riding 100-miles, you may be wondering how to train for this event. We found this training schedule particularly helpful for new riders who are taking on the Cache Gran Fondo 100-mile challenge.
Registration Transfer and Deferment
We understand that events can happen that prevent you from riding with us on July 14th after registering for the event. We are happy to help you transfer your registration to a different rider, or defer your ride until 2019 for a $10 fee.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will there be a photographer on the course?
We will hire several photographers to document the 2018 ride, as we have for the 2013-2017 rides All photos from the ride will be provided for you free of charge. It's one way we want to thank you for your support and for riding with us. See this link below or CLICK HERE so view the 1000+ images from last year, the gallery has nearly 1 million views!
Can a family member or friend pick up my packet for me?
We are sorry, but our insurance with USA Cycling requires a photo ID and wet-ink signature on all waivers. We also need you to verify your emergency contact name and phone number.
Where do the proceeds of the event go?
The Cache Gran Fondo was originally established as an event to fund special cancer screenings for uninsured women in the area. 4 years ago, the event was assumed by Headspin events, a for-profit event company. Headspin Events (HSpin Events Llc), is committed to growing and improving the event, and since 2013, proceeds of the event have been re-invested to grow and support the event. Each year we match rider donations to cancer services in Cache Valley, and we also support and sponsor other great local charities & events like Common Ground, Bike Utah, Huntsman Hometown Heroes, Cache Valley Mountain Bike team, local boy scout groups, youth sports clubs and others.
How do I update my registration information?
If you need to update your registration information, please let us know by contacting us here.
How many riders do you expect on the ride this year?
We expect to see 1000+ riders ride the Cache Gran Fondo in 2018, for example in 2017 we had 1150 registered riders releasing in 5 waves from the start line. This year we will add 2 more waves for the new 70-mile course. As in the past, in order to spread out that many riders, we will be releasing riders in waives based on categories, and our pilot car company, Heritage Dodge will be showing off some of their new models as our pace/pilot cars and trucks.
Is there a lottery to get into the ride?
There is currently no lottery system to get into the ride. We will be accepting all registrations we receive between now and ride day.
What is available at the aid stations?
Aid stations will be stocked with the minimum of water, Gatorade and Pepsi products and supplements, fresh fruit, and quick-grab snacks. We will also have muffins, granola bars, candy, and other food at many stations.
Who do I contact for lost/found items?
We will have a lost/found booth at the finish line where items can be claimed, or contact the race director at email@example.com. Items that aren't claimed by 5 p.m. on July 15th, 2018 will be donated to Deseret Industries the following week.
How late will the expo be open?
The Gran Feed is scheduled to go until 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 14th.
Here are a few videos on the Cache Gran Fondo.