ROUTES

ABOUT THE ROUTES

From beginner to advanced, the Lexus Gran Fondo has three professionally designed routes levels starting and finishing at Lexus Hotel Partner Chatham Bars Inn for cyclists of all ability levels. Join Lexus Cycling Ambassador George Hincapie on the ultra-challenging 100-mile ride in beautiful Cape Cod. Enjoy the scenery and picturesque towns on the 50-mile “Explore the Cape” route with Lexus Cycling Ambassador Christian Vande Velde, or take it easy on the 30-mile “Easy Morning” ride.

George Hincapie

George grew up in Queens, New York, where his father Ricardo introduced him to cycling. The lanky, skinny junior quickly developed a passion for the sport and excelled winning 10 junior national titles and two world medals prior to moving to the professional ranks and cycling’s top teams.

During his 19-year professional career Hincapie was regarded as the premier American classics rider of his generation. He competed in a record 17 Ronde van Vlaanderen races and finished second at the grueling Paris-Roubaix, the best ever for any American. Beyond the classics he rode in the Tour de France 17 times and won three US National Road Race championships.

Despite all his accomplishments, Hincapie is most remembered for his role as a valued teammate and leader to winners of cycling’s top events such as the Tour de France and Milan-San remo. As he said while standing on the storied Champs-Élysées at the conclusion of his final Tour de France, he wants first and foremost to be remembered as a great teammate.

Since retiring from professional cycling George has taken a more active role in family business interests including Hincapie Sportswear, the professional Hincapie Sportswear Development Team, Gran Fondo Hincapie and Hotel Domestique. He hopes to further share his knowledge about the sport with cycling’s future generations.

Hincapie resides with his family in Greenville, South Carolina where he can now devote more time to his hobbies: tennis, basketball, mountain biking and music.

Christian Vande Velde

Christian Vande Velde is a retired American professional road racing cyclist who rode professionally between 1998 and 2013. He has competed for the US Postal, Liberty Seguros, Team CSC and Garmin-Sharp teams. Christian currently is a color commentator for cycling at NBC. Christian currently lives in Greenville, South Carolina with his wife and two daughters. His wife is a trained chef who tailors his diet for performance.

 

Olympic Experience/UCI World Championships Results:

Olympic Games, 2000, Track (12th, men”s individual pursuit), Sydney, Australia

Olympic Games, 2008, Road (17th place), Beijing, China

1994 Junior Track World Championships

National championship Results:

Five-time USA Cycling National Track Champion, 1994 (national points race); 1996 and 1997 (team pursuit); 1997 (individual pursuit, Madison)

2008 USA Cycling Professional Tour Champion

 

Career Highlights:

2nd place — 2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge, Colorado, General Classification, Prologue and Stage 3

6th place — 2011 Tour of Utah, Utah, General Classification

4th place — 2011 Amgen Tour of California, California, General classification

2008 Giro d”Italia, held maglia rosa from Stages 1-2, Italy

2005 Pan Am champion, team pursuit, Mar del Plata, Argentina

1st place — 2009 Paris–Nice, Stage 4 (Vichy > Saint-Étienne), France

1st place — 2008 Giro d”Italia, Stage 1 TTT, Palermo, Italy

1st place — 2008 Tour of Missouri, stages 3-7 and overall,

1st place — 2008 Tour de Georgia, Stage 4 TTT, Tyrone, Georgia

1st place — 2007 Eindhoven Team Time Trial, Eindhoven, Netherlands

1st place — 2006 Tour de Luxembourg, overall

1st place — 2005 Eneco Tour of Benelux, mountains classification

1st place — 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge

1st place — 1999 Redlands Bicycle Classic

100 MILE

Join Lexus Cycling Ambassador George Hincapie on the ultra-challenging 100-mile ride in beautiful Cape Cod. Starting from Lexus Hotel Partner Chatham Bars Inn, the route heads north through the Cape Cod National Seashore. Along the route to Provincetown you’ll ride next to White Crest Beach and by historic Highland Light.  After looping through “P-town” the route takes you past Pilgrim Monument and back south along the Harbor. While the route is far from hilly, the small rollers do add up over the miles, leaving participants with over 3500 feet in cumulative climbing.

Please note: This route is for experienced cyclists and not suitable for a beginner 100-mile rider.

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50-MILE

Enjoy the scenery and picturesque towns on the 50-mile “Explore the Cape” route with Lexus Cycling Ambassador Christian Vande Velde. The 50-mile route is identical to the 30-mile route until the town of Orleans, when the routes diverge, with the 50-mile ride heading north a bit more to a beachfront turnaround and then ending with a casual ride back along the Cape Cod Rail Trail.  Both routes are suitable for all ability levels and bikes.

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30-MILE

Just think of the 30-mile ride as a concentrated version of the 100-mile route – same gorgeous Cape Cod scenery, same postcard towns and same relaxing miles on the Cape Cod Rail Trail. These routes are perfect for the beginner or intermediate rider or for those who want to have a slightly more relaxing day. A slightly later start time means a bit more sleep before your day’s activities. This route twists north from Chatham, at times directly skirting the coast, then passes through the heart of Orleans to meet up with the Cape Cod Rail Trail, then weaves back to Chatham.

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Notes on the Lexus Gran Fondo:

All rides are 100% Rules of the Road. Traffic laws must be obeyed. All rides will have rest stops approximately every 20 miles. SAG support will be available, but riders should be reasonably self-sufficient and carry tubes, water, phone, and ID.