The routes will incorporate terrain in Roanoke City, Roanoke County and Franklin County. As the Roanoke Valley’s first Gran Fondo this event will attract many visitors to the area. Like the Blue Ridge Marathon, the Star City Gran Fondo stands out compared to similar races across the nation because of the challenging terrain and the mixed urban and rural surroundings. The longer routes will be challenging to even the most experienced rider, but the variety in route distances will allow for all abilities to participate.
After the exciting finish at the Mill Mountain Star, both riders and spectators can participate in the post race activities to be held at River’s Edge Park in conjunction with Roanoke’s Go Outside Festival. The collaboration between Star City Gran Fondo and the Go Outside Festival will benefit all involved drawing cyclists to the festival and festival-goers to the Gran Fondo – as well as attract more visitors to the Roanoke Valley for the weekend.