Gran Fondo Cedar Valley & FondoFest 2018

posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Gran Fondo Cedar Valley & FondoFest is August 18, 2018

Iowa is a hotspot for biking enthusiasts! With more than 1,800 miles of biking trails, biking is a pretty great way to explore our state, especially when it comes to Cedar Falls. The award-winning Cedar Valley Trails system invites riders to bike more than 110 miles of trails along the river, through the woods and even to our vibrant downtown district! The trails also play host to numerous biking events for all ages and skill levels throughout the year.

One popular biking event is our annual Gran Fondo Cedar Valley, a bicycle endurance event taking place Saturday, August 18, 2018. Your choice of a 100-mile Gran Fondo or 50-mile Medio Fondo route will take you throughout the Cedar Valley with regular rest stops set up in towns along the way.  And a swag bag? You bet. Every rider registered for Gran Fondo Cedar Valley will receive a swag bag at packet pick-up. Swag bags include beer tickets, a $10 food voucher to be used at FondoFest, a sling bag, water bottle, coupons to use in the downtown district, and other freebies! 

Registration for both rides is available until event day on the Gran Fondo Cedar Valley website. Whether you’re riding for beer, for food or for fun, we've got you covered. The cross-fit competition, Fittest of the Fondo, will take place downtown from 8:00 am - 4:00pm and FondoFest, the downtown district's block party, will begin at noon.

Fondo Fest follows the Grand Fondo Cedar Valley and takes place in downtown Cedar Falls, Iowa, August 19, 2017.

The downtown district's FondoFest will once again feature SingleSpeed's tapper trailer and live music. Checker & The Bluetones kickoff FondoFest's live music lineup at 1:00 pm, followed by Never the Less at 3:30 pm and Ripe at 7:00 pm (part of the hand-picked series by the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center). 

There will be lots of great activities for the kiddos again this year as well! Bring them downtown to enjoy balloon animals, face painting and Strider bike obstacles, free of charge! Inflatables will also be available to enjoy for a small fee. 

To stay up to date and find out more about this year’s Gran Fondo Cedar Valley and FondoFest, please visit the Gran Fondo Cedar Valley website and their Facebook page. 

Want more ideas of places to visit, shop or dine while in Cedar Falls? Browse our website or give us a call at the Cedar Falls Visitor Center. We can be reached at 319-268-4266 (800-845-1955). Or, stop by the Cedar Falls Visitor Center at 6510 Hudson Road. We’re open Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm, Saturday, 9am-4pm and Sunday, noon until 4pm.

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This is a variation of a guest blog post by Emily Yaddof of Community Main Street, Cedar Falls.

All photos are courtesy Cedar Falls Community Main Street.

FondoFest 2017 takes place in downtown Cedar Falls, Iowa, August 19!

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  2. cycling
  3. downtown
  4. family-fun
  5. fondofest
  6. gran fondo cedar valley
  7. live music
  8. things to do
  9. trails

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