The Tour of the Battenkill kicks off with packet pickup pre-event on 4/28/23 from 2:00-7:00pm at the Washington County Fairgrounds. On event day, Saturday, April 29, 2023, packet pickup will open at 6:00am. Click a button below (or simply scroll down) for all the essential race details.
Join world champion johan museeuw for a vip pre-ride on 4/28 at 5:30 PM
75.7 Miles - 8:30 AM Start
The Tour of the Battenkill Gran Fondo is a 75.7-mile mass-start event for riders wanting a challenging, scenic, and competitive race. Riders are grouped by ability at the starting line and begin simultaneously at 8:30 a.m. with a neutral roll out. The first 3 miles will feature a full police escort and rolling road closure. After that, the roads will be open to the public, but traffic is very sparse. Course marshals will be stationed at all critical intersections. Neutral service is dedicated to cars and/or motorcycles. Sag wagons are also provided for riders not able to complete the course.
There have been a lot of superlatives thrown around about the Tour of the Battenkill since its inception in 2004: “America’s biggest one-day road race,” “the toughest one-day road race in the country,” “the greatest number of flat tires at a cycling event…”
Its steep, punchy climbs help shatter the field of riders, with a group of six finishing together considered large. Of course, plenty of other races get more vertical, and with a course length of 75 miles and winning times of 3:30 hours, it’s not overly long. But the course that starts and finishes at the Washington County Fairgrounds is unlike any other in the US. It’s a back-road journey through open farmland, narrow canopies of trees, and a covered bridge — the kind of naturally car-free, rural roads you wish you could ride every day.
Battenkill’s numerous dirt sections are its trademark, and therein lies one of the special ingredients that have led to its popularity. Whether it’s the toughest one-day cycling experience in America is a matter of opinion, but to many of the riders — especially those new to racing — it certainly feels like it. The list of DNFs isn’t overly long, but the dirt sections can often result in punctured tires, so be sure to bring plenty of spares, pumps, and CO2 cartridges, or perhaps tubeless tires, sealant, or extra-big rubber.
Rather than being discouraged, the flat-tire factor actually contributes to the day’s drama. It means uncertainty and luck that could work for or against you. Moreover, the punctures come because you’re out there flying down gravel roads in a cloud of dust, with a number pinned to your back, and a tunnel-vision goal of getting to the front and not being gapped.
The Tour of the Battenkill Gran Fondo is truly a one-of-a-kind cycling experience for those seeking a serious challenge shrouded in pastoral beauty. The result is that everyone who finishes, even everyone who starts, goes home with rich stories to tell.
For all Gran Fondo riders, the one mile climb up Patterson Hill Rd from Hebron will serve as the Flandrien Challenge. Visit Flanders and Trek Travel bring you a prime that will test your legs on the toughest climb of the entire course and if you register the fastest split, you'll be rewarded with a trip of a lifetime to Belgium to ride the cobblestone roads that inspired the creation of the Tour of the Battenkill.
Multiple time winner of the Tour of Flanders, Paris Roubaix, and 1996 World Champion Johan Museeuw will be on hand to help inspire you ride the dirt like the true Lion of Flanders!
45 Miles - 9:00 AM
The Tour of the Battenkill Medio Fondo is a 45-mile mass-start event for riders wanting a challenging, scenic, and competitive race. Riders are grouped by ability at the starting line and begin simultaneously at 9:00 a.m. with a neutral roll out. The first 3 miles will feature a full police escort and rolling road closure. After that, the roads will be open to the public, but traffic is very sparse. Course marshals will be stationed at all critical intersections. Neutral service is dedicated to cars and/or motorcycles. Sag wagons are also provided for riders not able to complete the course.
Like the Gran Fondo, the Medio Fondo course offers a challenging yet scenic ride through the rolling hills of upstate New York, but with 2,500 feet of elevation change instead of 4,800, less sections on dirt roads (but including the infamous Meeting House Road and the epic Stage Road), and nearly half the distance. It’s the perfect cycling experience for those who want a less rigorous ride through the pastoral beauty of Battenkill Valley.
24.2 Miles - 9:30 AM Start
The 24.2-mile “Piccolo” Fondo course still offers the famous Meeting House Rd dirt section and incredible views of Washington County. Make no mistake, it’s no walk in the park, but this distance allows a taste of the Tour of the Battenkill for riders whose legs aren’t in mid-season form or the casual weekend warrior. The Piccolo will start at 9:30 AM.
Timing & Awards
Like in 2022, we'll be recording times with a chip timing system. All riders will receive a timing chip. Awards will be given to the top finishers in all races.
For the Gran Fondo, awards will be given to the top-3 male and top-3 female finishers overall & in each age group: Juniors (Under 18), 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+.
New for 2023 is the Visit Flanders "Flandrien Challenge!" The toughest 1-mile climb on the course on Patterson Hill Rd outside of Hebron. The fastest split of the day wins a cycling trip to Belgium courtesy of Trek Travel !
For the Medio Fondo and the Piccolo Fondo, awards will be given to the top-3 male and top-3 female finishers overall.
Riders who finish in the top three of their respective categories will receive a non-cash award. The top overall finisher will also earn the Tour of the Battenkill Champion’s Jersey.
After the ride, it's the after party!
Not only do you get a wonderful day of amazingly scenic cycling, but you’re also treated to an after-party right at the fairgrounds, featuring FREE food for the participants.
As if that weren’t awesome enough, riders 21+ also get their first beer free from local favorite Artisanal Brew Works! The best part? It’s all included with your registration!
Packet pick-up will be held near the start line at the Washington County Fairgrounds (392 Old Schuylerville Rd, Greenwich, NY 12834) on the morning of the event from 6:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. You’ll receive your bib and registrant goodie bag at that time. Please bring your ID with you.
For those that want to skip the lines on race day morning, packet pick up will also be offered from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 28, at the Washington County Fairgrounds.
There is no bag check for this event because parking is located next to the start/finish line at the Washington County Fairgrounds.
Directions & Parking
Parking for cyclists and spectators is FREE and will be adjacent to the Start/Finish at the Washington County Fairgrounds, 392 Old Schuylerville Rd, Greenwich, NY 12834. The entrance to the parking lot is off Route 29 and will be marked with signs.
Please arrive at least two hours beforehand so you have time to park, unload, check-in, and get to the starting line.
Interested in camping? The Washington County Fairgrounds has limited camping availability onsite. Should you be interested in camping onsite during event weekend, please reach out to the Fairgrounds at (518) 692-2464.
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