4th Annual granGABLE Brings New Excitement to Johnson County
- 14 July, 2016
Once you’ve cycled this fondo, everything else in life is easy. Well, except wrestling!
For the fourth consecutive year, the granGABLE powered by Scheels will come to the Iowa City area as cyclists from all over the Hawkeye state (and beyond) will challenge themselves with 60 or 100 mile routes through Johnson County on September 5, 2016. The Iowa City/Coralville Area CVB has partnered with RAGBRAI and the Iowa Bicycle Coalition to put on another great event in honoring legendary wrestler, Dan Gable. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Iowa Bicycle Coalition and the Hawkeye Wrestling Club.
With a new year, comes a new route for the 2016 granGABLE fondo. This year’s 100-mile route is one of the most creative and memorable routes in the ride’s short history as it will travel through all of Johnson County. Yes, ALL of Johnson County! It will pass through each of the 11 cities in the county and officially be labeled the “Tour of Johnson County.” While we couldn’t touch all 11 cities for the 60-mile route, the condensed route will pass through eight.
No, we didn’t take away from the celebration of Dan Gable and the Hawkeyes! The route will begin under the granGABLE arch outside of Carver-Hawkeye Area at the commemorative bronze statue of Coach Gable. The ride will finish with a lap inside the concourse of historic Kinnick Stadium – the first ever cycling event to ride inside the home of the Iowa Football team. Take pictures in the stadium and then join the post party in the south parking lot. Food, keg beer, and live music will be playing from 12:00-5:30pm and is open to the public – you might even see Coach Gable there!
Changes in registration give riders more options and lower prices than ever! Riders have the choice of purchasing the always-popular granGABLE swag package highlighted by the Primal jersey or simply the service pass including complimentary food, drink, and bike service along the way. To register, go to www.grangable.com/register. Prices will increase August 1 during the final month’s late registration period.
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