Tour Tioga Gran Fondo
To Benefit Tioga Opportunities, Inc.
Each rider should pre-register at: https://www.bikereg.com/toi-fondo . Registration includes a swag bag, a T-shirt, and a free meal. There will also be registration the day-of the event but swag and T-shirts will not be guaranteed to day-of registrants. Music on the lawn post ride will also be included! Riders with dietary needs should contact Tioga Opportunities, Inc. at least 3-weeks prior to the race; otherwise please bring your own post-ride food options.
3 Great Courses
Starting and finishing in Tioga County, NY, all three Tour Tioga Gran Fondo courses feature country roads, rolling hills, picturesque farms, and vibrant small towns.
- Family Fun Ride – 10 Miles
- Adventure Ride – 30 Miles
- Challenge Ride – 62 Miles
Safety & Support
Ride with confidence! Each course will be marked and supported by local law enforcement, EMT, sag vehicles, aid-stations, and roving mechanical help.
Tour Tioga Gran Fondo
Small town charm. Big time fun.
Tioga derives from the Haudenosaunee and means “at the forks”, describing a meeting place. That is just what the Tour Tioga Gran Fondo embodies: a place to meet, celebrate, and have fun! This event boasts three routes including 10, 30, and 62 mile loops around the hills of Tioga County featuring stunning views of the Susquehanna River, picturesque farmland, and includes some of the most beautiful small towns in New York State. You’ll have the chance to ride, fully supported, over some of the most scenic country roads in the state. Craft breweries? Check. Restaurants? Check. Farm-tours, historic downtowns, museums, B&B’s, a river-walk, hiking, and dice rolling at the casino are all part of the local experience. The area is the Southern Gateway to the Finger Lakes where you get your fill of authentic, small-town charm with all the big-time fun of a sanctioned event. There will be premium swag, chip timing, roving-mechanical support, and police control, but that’s not what this event is really about. While this unique Gran Fondo holds its own against any other ride in the country due to its amazing routes, the best reason to sign up is the support it provides to Tioga Opportunities, Inc., a community-action non-profit agency that provides services to residents of Tioga and surrounding counties.
For more information about Tioga Opportunities, Inc. and what the agency does (and what it is all about!) please visit https://www.tiogaopp.org/.
Packet pickup will occur the morning of the race. Pickup location is Pavilion #3 at Hickories Park, Owego, NY 13827. You must check-in in person, and you must have a valid photo ID. We recommend that you come early so that you have extra time to prepare for the race.
Timing Chips and Bib Numbers
All timing chips and bib numbers will be included in your registration packet. Chip timing and scoring is provided by TopView Sports. Bib numbers must be mounted where they are visible and easily readable. Timing chips are disposable and should be disposed of post-race in garbage cans.
Preparing to Ride
As you prepare for your ride after picking up your packet, please follow the below rules and recommendations:
- Wearing a helmet is mandatory.
- Wearing your bib number is mandatory. It must be visible at all times.
- Timing chip is required to be included in official results. For best accuracy, please wear your timing chip on your ankle.
- Please be aware, staging for the race start is in an active public park. Please be aware of your surroundings and please be courteous to other users of the park.
Click https://149361925.v2.pressablecdn.com/wp-content/uploads/Hickories-Map-Copy-Copy.jpg for a map of Hickories Park. You may park in any of the designated areas. Please be aware, this event is taking place in a public park. Every effort has been made to plan this event on a low traffic day but other activities are occurring at the park on event day. Please be courteous to other park users.
Start Time & Location
The race start will be in front of Pavilion #3 in Hickories Park (right where packet pick-up occurs).
All riders will be staged by course length.
ALL RIDERS MUST CROSS THE OFFICIAL START LINE. Participation will be verified by chip read at the start. Starting without crossing the start line will result in disqualification.
There will be 3 aid stations along the 62-mile course; 2 on the 30-mile course; and 1 on the 10-mile course. Each aid station will be staffed with volunteers and will have access to EMTs and mechanical assistance, food, and water.
There are bathrooms located next to Pavilion #3 in Hickories Park. Each aid-station will have bathrooms.
The finish line will be the same as the start line, in front of Pavilion #3. Upon reaching the finish line, riders will be directed through the line back to Pavilion #3 to return their timing chip. Your meal bracelet can be redeemed for a great meal! Music and food can be enjoyed on the lawn in front of the bandshell at the rear of the park.
If family and friends have come to join you for the post-ride celebration, meals may be purchased at Pavilion #3 for an additional fee.
Results and Prizes
Results will be posted by Top View Sports on the website results page. Top finishers in each competition category will be invited to the bandshell for presentation.
- You must obey traffic laws. This is not a closed course. You must stop at lights and stop signs. Think Safety First. Be respectful of others on the road. Never cross the center-line of the road.
- Do not ride through any intersections without obeying traffic laws. When you come to a stop sign or signal, slow down, stop, and be safe.
- Cross all railroad tracks at a perpendicular angle or walk bike across tracks. Many tracks at NOT perpendicular to the road.
- Lost items: Tioga Opportunities, Inc. is not responsible for lost or damaged items or for anything left at aid stations or at the start/finish. Volunteers will do their best to help but cannot be responsible for personal items.