Welcome riders! A few tips/info for the 4 Peaks Gran Fondo challenge:
Before we get to all that recognize there are significant changes to this year's ride d/t COVID-19, any information you find here is superseded by information on our COVID-19 Update page located HERE. We strongly recommend you review both this page as well as the page noted above. We also strongly recommend you whitelist our email because final information and last minute changes will be relayed via email first.
First, we hope you are ready for a fantastic day of riding in the most beautiful countryside SE Idaho has to offer! You are about to embark on one of the most challenging and rewarding bike rides in the country! If you or your friends are not already signed up, then get there by clicking HERE!
Second, remember that the timing of the bike ride is for the hill climbs ONLY. Cumulative hill climb times are combined for overall KOM/QOM, 2nd, and 3rd places. Since the downhill, flats, and rollers are not timed, utilize this time to rest and recover so you're recharged for the next peak. Please review our updated maps in the "The Course" section to review where the timed portions of the climbs are.
Recognize that the timed sections of the climbs, depending on which peak, start a few miles from the start of each leg. For example, the timed climbing section of Crystal Summit STARTS just after the Cherry Springs campground, which is a good 12+ miles from the start of that leg in Inkom.
Third, there is a finisher's medal at the finish line! If you are in a relay, feel free to ride together with your teammates so you can all receive your finishers medal as you cross the finish line.
Fourth, for the safety of all the riders that will be climbing and descending that day, please stay in your appropriate lane, single file, and watch for traffic (both vehicular and animal) as this is NOT A CLOSED COURSE. This is an area where you may see deer, moose, or even cattle on the road. For the sake of the other riders, volunteers, and your own safety while riding, PLEASE KEEP YOUR SPEED UNDER CONTROL so that we can continue this ride without incident!
***CHANGED FOR THIS YEAR PLEASE REVIEW OUR COVID-19 UPDATE HERE***
The Idaho Central Credit Union truck will roll out at 7:00am at approx. 20 mph (or so) and will lead the 4 Peaks Gran Fondo riders and relay riders for about the first 9 miles (Valley riders start at 9:30am). We ask that riders stay behind the truck as this initial section is not timed and it is important to stay together as a group through the intersections until the first climb begins. The ICCU truck will signal as they are pulling ahead or off to the side of the road. At the time they pull off/away the group is OK to go ahead and ride at their own pace.
Lunch will be provided for all riders as part of the registration fee and non-rider family and friends will have the option to purchase meals as well. The awards ceremony will be held roughly at 2:00 pm (note that ride support ends at 3:00 pm).
The relay team must have at least one rider ride every mile of the course. For instance, the first relay rider rolls out at the start in Inkom, and head up towards Crystal Summit. The transition zone for the second leg is the slate rock pit on the right hand side of the road before you turn off of Crystal and go back up Scout. The timing company has said there will be a chip on each rider, so there will be no timing chip to pass from one rider to the next.
The next rider will ride up Scout Mountain and into Inkom to the next transition area. They will then trade to the 3rd rider who will ride from Inkom to the top of Pebble, finishing their section near the LDS church located at 150 Snow Peak Boulevard. The 4th rider will then leave the transition zone and head up the 4th peak, Buckskin. When completed, the team should rally back at the transition zone, and finish the race as a team so they can all receive finishers medals and enjoy a yummy meal.
Parking for the relay riders will be located at Cherry Springs Campground (about 1 mile from the transition zone). The second transition zone parking will be at the start/finish at Stuart Park in Inkom. The third transition zone parking is in the church parking lot. (Refer to course maps section for clarification.)
"Live" timing results (dependent on cell service at top of each peak) are available at www.sportstats.us
Thank you for riding with us this year!
- 4 Peaks Gran Fondo Committee
***This information in subject to change***
In an effort to align with our values and our claim to the “Toughest Ride in Idaho” we have made the decision to eliminate the Valley Ride from this year forward. To keep our vision and prepare all of our riders for participation in our full ride we have made the decision to establish our Single Peak Challenge. This challenge will consist of riding from the beginning of our ride in Inkom, completing Crystal Summit, and returning. We believe this ride will continue to prepare people year over year in order complete the ultimate challenge of 4 Peaks Gran Fondo. We hope to see you there!