Chosen by Bicycling Magazine (June 2012) as a Top-Ten Century Ride for its Jaw-Dropping Vistas, the Mammoth High Sierra Fall Century and Gran Fondo ride takes you through breath-taking Mono County with views of Mono Lake, the majestic Eastern High Sierra and the White Mountains. The Gran Fondo and the 100 Mile century routes are the same and have the same rest stops, support and after-ride meal and festival, however, Gran Fondo riders will have timing chips and timed ride results provided at the end of the ride based on age and gender.
Beginning in 2013, the Gran Fondo and 100 Mile Century routes will start at "The Village" in Mammoth Lakes in a mass start with CHP traffic control to get the riders out of town and onto Highway 395 Northbound. Once on Highway 395, there will be 8 foot bike lanes and some traffic for about 20 miles until making a right turn on Highway 120. Once on Highway 120, there will be minimal traffic for the majority of the ride and continuing jaw-dropping scenery. Only the last few miles of the ride have more, but not excessive traffic as riders head back to the finish line on Highways 395 and 203 to make their way back "The Village" and the completion of an epic ride!
The shorter 60, 45 and 30 mile route options are equally spectacular and offer options for riders of any ability. These routes are beautiful and challenging in their own right and include some of the best portions of the longer Gran Fondo and Century route. With minimal traffic, beautiful pavement, full support and great rest stops, anyone from a novice rider on any kind of bicycle to a veteran cyclist can find something to enjoy on these routes and remember as one of their best days ever on a bike.
At the completion of the rides, there will be a festival with food, live entertainment and the Mammoth Kamikaze Bike Games Festival at "The Village" in Mammoth Lakes. All ride participants will have their photos taken on course and prints provided to them free of charge at the end of the ride. Digital files of their photos will also be available for download free of charge.
The High Sierra Fall Century & Gran Fondo is unique because the route is so remote that you can only, logistically, ride this ride with the help of the HSFC&GF volunteer staff who setup the rest stops, bring out the food, drinks, restrooms and provide on-course SAG and support. Once out of Mammoth Lakes, there are no stoplights, no gas stations, no lemonade stands.
Whether you are a veteran Century or Gran Fondo rider or a novice just taking off the "training wheels," the High Sierra Fall Century and Gran Fondo has a route for you...and we want you to come and experience the amazing place where we ride, play and live!
If you are up for the adventure of a breath-taking bicycle ride that will certainly be a bucket-list experience, please join us in Mammoth Lakes for the Mammoth High Sierra Fall Century and Gran Fondo on the first Saturday after Labor Day each September!
Event schedule and times
Gran Fondo: 7:30am Start on-time / CHP controlled
100 Mile Century: 7:45am Start on-time / CHP controlled
60 Mile: 9 - 9:30am
45 Mile: 9 - 9:30am
30 Mile: 9 - 9:30am