Gran Fondo Cedar Valley 2017

posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Gran Fondo Cedar Valley is an bicycling endurance event. Enjoy Fondo Fest after the ride in downtown Cedar Falls, Iowa. August 19, 2017.

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! The trails also play host to numerous biking events for all ages and skill levels throughout the year.

In 2017, Cedar Falls will again welcome the event,  Gran Fondo Cedar Valley, a bicycle endurance event, to the Cedar Valley. Gran Fondo Cedar Valley has established its place as an annual downtown event and will return on August 19th!

Gran Fondo Cedar Valley is a bicycling endurance event, August 19, 2017, in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Registration for this year’s ride 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. Your choice of a 100-mile or 50-mile Medio Fondo route will take you throughout the Cedar Valley with regular rest stops set up in towns along the way. Cyclists can also be chip timed. And a swag bag? You bet. Registered riders get a swag bag full of awesome goodies...a drink voucher for FondoFest, endurance items, coupons to retail stores, a bike tag, bike accessories and more (if registered before August 1). 

This year's cross-fit competition, Fittest of the Fondo, will also take place downtown and will begin at 8:00 am.

NOTE 8.15.17: Trekman Racing's Fondo 5K run which was to start from downtown at 7:30 am has been canceled so that Trekman Racing can focus on another event taking place the same week that will assist a local family. 

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

Following the ride, Community Main Street will once again be shutting down Main Street to host a full-scale FondoFest street festival! 

In the afternoon, craft beer begins to flow at SingleSpeed's tapper trailer and Checker & The Bluetones kickoff FondoFest's live music at 1:00 pm. Stay through the evening to enjoy Sideshow Bob at 4:00 pm and Wilderado from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm. 

Kids can have fun at FondoFest 2017, too! FondoFest takes place in downtown Cedar Falls, Iowa, August 19, 2017.

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.

We’d be happy to help!

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!

  1. beer garden
  2. biking
  3. cedar valley trails
  4. cycling
  5. downtown
  6. endurance
  7. fondofest
  8. gran fondo
  9. gran fondo cedar valley
  10. kid zone
  11. live music
  12. main street
  13. medio fondo
  14. outdoor rec
  15. street fair
  16. things to do
  17. trails

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