Big Shark Bicycle Company and Sugar Creek Winery are bringing the European cycling tradition of the Gran Fondo cycling experience to Missouri's hilliest wine country. A traditional pairing of challenging riding and a tour of some of Missouri's best vineyards. Experience the same roads and towns visited by the internationally acclaimed Tour of Missouri Professional Cycling Race.
The Vino Fondo is a fully supported, timed ride. Although not a race, all participants will receive two measures of their achievement: overall ride time AND their climbing time over the penultimate beast, the Schluersburg. There are three distance options, each tuned to maximize scenery and include as many of the regions challenging "topographic features" as we can find. We're crafty like that.
About Gran Fondo's- Also called Cyclosportif rides, Gran Fondo's are challenging rides that combine the best elements of epic recreational rides, some of the characteristics of a race and the visual experiences of the touring cyclist. The Gran Fondo experience is a true melting pot for cyclists of all abilities- with one goal, the satisfaction of achievement.
The events start and end at Sugar Creek Winery and Vineyards in Defiance. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Motorists should be aware during those hours. For the most part, the routes follow county roads, but the two longer events (Midi Fondo and Mondo Fondo) follow area state Highways for parts of the routes, including small portions of Routes 94 and F in St. Charles County, and portions of Routes 94, 47, D, TT, and other state highways in Warren County.For maps of roads that are included in each event, click here: https://www.bigshark.com/about/vino-fondo-maps-pg1040.htm.