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Gourmet farm to table cycling event series featuring aid stations on local farms. Inspired by the Italian gran fondo bicycle ride.

Asheville 2019

June 29-30, 2019 — Hickory Nut Gap Farm, Fairview, NC

Overview
Blue Ridge Mountain Asheville NC
 

Ride in the picturesque foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains

 

Event SCHEDULE

All activities at Hickory Nut Gap Farm, 57 Sugar Hollow Rd., Fairview, NC 28730

saturday June 29, 2019

  • 4 to 6:30pm Packet pickup at Hickory Nut Gap Farm

  • 6:30pm Meet the Farmers Dinner (tickets required)

SUnday June 30, 2019

  • 7 to 8am Packet Pickup and Bicycle Tune-Up Station open

  • 8:30am Farm to Fork Fondo (Piccolo, Medio and Gran) departs (pre-registration required)

  • 10:30am Ramble Ride departs

  • 11:00am to 6pm Post-Ride Farm to Fork Barbecue (tickets required) and Festival Market (open to the public)

  • 1 to 5pm Live music

  • 5pm Volunteer Competition Awards Ceremony


Latest Updates

Newsletter

Ride Details

GRAN - 78mi

MEDIO - 57mi

PICCOLO - 25mi

RAMBLE RIDE - 9mi

Note: All routes are subject to change up to 24 hours before the event

Overview

Fondo difficulty level: Moderate+
Constantly rolling hills with some sustained climbing

Part of our mission is to provide achievable challenges to participants of all ages and abilities. Some of our events have routes that are more difficult than others, so we provide general ratings of Easy, Moderate, or Difficult for you to find the events of ours that best suit your goals. 

Route development provided in partnership with Velo Girl.

Note: Our Ramble Rides are always accessible to all levels of riders.


segment challenge

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Compete for the coveted Polka Chicken jersey and see how you stack up in our optional age-graded timed segment competition. View the segments and RSVP for the Stages Segment Challenge on the Ride With GPS Event Page.

More information on our Segment Challenge Page.


Gran Fondo
70 miles

Nearly 6,000 feet of climbing. Dozens of farms. Breathtaking views and challenging ascents. Earn your feast. Dine in style.

DETAILS

  • 5 Aid Stations at local farms

  • 4-6 timed segments

ROUTE 

 

Medio Fondo
57 Miles

Get up close and personal with Blue Ridge Mountain agriculture. Challenge yourself on some climbs and take in the views. All of the Gran Fondo experience in a tighter package. 

DETAILS

  • 4 Aid Stations at local farms

  • 3-5 timed segments

ROUTE

 

Piccolo Fondo
25 Miles

Rolling hills, working farms and bucolic vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountain region. Your favorite Sunday drive, now on two wheels. We've packed the picnic.

DETAILS

  • 3 Aid Stations at local farms

  • 1-2 timed segments

ROUTE 

 

Ramble Ride
9 Miles

See some farms and lovely views by bike. Wave to your friends. Cross the finish line. Relax and dine. Happy tummies ride local. 

DETAILS

  • 1 Aid Station at a local farm

ROUTE 

 
Prices

STANDARD REGISTRATION

Includes post-ride barbecue, treats along your ride, and much more! (full list of amenities)



Gran Fondo
Medio Fondo
Piccolo Fondo
Ramble Ride - Adult
Ramble Ride - Child

Launch Special
Until January 18
$129.99
$109.99
$89.99
$39.99
$24.99

Early Bird
Until June 2
$134.99
$114.99
$94.99
$39.99
$24.99

Regular
Until June 23
$142.99
$122.99
$102.99
$39.99
$24.99

Event Week*
Until June 28
$152.99
$132.99
$112.99
$44.99
$29.99

Plus $10 minimum donation to the Volunteer Competition and processing fee
*$20 additional charge when registering on Saturday and Sunday of event weekend


FIRST CLASS REGISTRATION

Includes Standard Registration, Meet the Farmers Dinner ticket, Official 2019 Farm to Fork Fondo kit, and more! (full list of amenities)



Gran Fondo
Medio Fondo
Piccolo Fondo

Early Bird
Until June 23
$389.99
$369.99
$349.99

Event Week*
Until June 28
$389.99
$379.99
$359.99

 

Plus $10 minimum donation to the Volunteer Competition and processing fee
*$20 additional charge when registering on Saturday and Sunday of event weekend


ADDITIONAL MEAL TICKETS

You don't have to ride a bike to have a great time! 



Meet the Farmers Dinner
Post-Ride Farm to Fork Barbecue - Adult
Post-Ride Farm to Fork Barbecue - Child

Early Bird
Until June 23
$79.99
$29.99
$14.99

Event Week
Until June 28
$89.99
$29.99
$14.99

 

Farms

Overview

Photo credit Explore Asheville

Farm to Fork Fondo - Asheville will highlight the Blue Ridge Mountains just outside of the vibrant city of Asheville. Fairview is in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and filled with picturesque farmland and the edible adventures along the Western North Carolina Cheese Trail. 

In the Asheville area you’ll find an abundance of independent shops, farm-fresh eateries, and a remarkably distinctive mountain vibe is what you will expect as you stroll through the vibrant entertainment hub in the heart of Asheville. The region’s passionate food culture has evolved area restaurants’ palates, and chefs are now seeking out sustainable food to provide farm-to-table restaurant experiences.


Hickory Nut Gap Farm

Start/finish
Fairview

Family-owned and operated, Hickory Nut Gap Farm is both a destination and a source with pasture-raised meats, agritourism, and other agricultural pursuits.

Fall in love with the land's gently rolling pastures that cradle herds of grass-fed cattle, pastured pigs, and free-range laying hens just as founders Jim and Elizabeth McClure did 100 years ago. For more information visit HickoryNutGapFarm.com


Cloud 9 Farm

Fletcher

Cloud 9 Farm is a private mini-estate in the countryside with 200 acres of wooded nature trails and bottom land. A great, scenic spot to stop along your ride. They sum it up in a fun jingle:

“Beds, Berries, Trees… Beef and Honey Bees and don’t forget the chickens… and turkeys!”

More on the Cloud 9 Farm Website.


Turgua Brewing

Fairview

Owner Phil Desenne grew up in Venezuela in a region called Turgua. Home to many exotic fruits and varietals, he moved to Asheville and the beautiful Fairview area to make a permanent home. Since opening in March of 2017, Turgua Brewing has focuses on making unique beers featuring locally sourced ingredients. With a three barrel system, a tasting room, acres of established apple, cherry, and hazelnut trees alongside mature blueberry bushes, some ingredients come right from the backyard.

More on the Turgua Brewing Website.


Flying Cloud Farm

Fairview

Nestled in the last open valley before the road climbs the mountain to the continental divide, you’ll find family-operated Flying Cloud Farm. Managed by Isaiah and Annie Louise Perkinson, the farm grows vegetables, berries, and flowers using sustainable methods without the use of chemical fertilizers, herbicides, or insecticides. Enjoy the beautiful historic landscape at Flying Cloud Farm.

More on the Flying Cloud Farm website.


WNC Hemp

Hendersonville

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WNC Hemp is a family owned business. Danny Justice, son Jason Justice, and nephew Brian Lyda are lifelong farmers in the area. The Justices currently farm apples in Henderson County and started farming hemp in 2018. Hemp was a passion of Brian’s and seeing the positive life changing aspects of the plant they want to bring it to their community. WNC Hemp focuses on helping clients improve their health, and teaches how they can maintain it too. Riders will visit the hemp farm, which is nestled in among the family’s apple orchards, and we encourage a visit to WNC Hemp’s retail store in nearby Hendersonville.

More on the WNC Hemp website.


ten mile farm

Old Fort

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Ten Mile Farm is a 24-acre diversified vegetable farm located in the beautiful Crooked Creek township of Old Fort. They provide residents and restaurants of Asheville and its surrounding area with over 40 varieties of vegetables during the growing season. You can see them at their stands at the River Arts District Farmers Market on Wednesdays and the Asheville City Market on Saturdays during the market season. Their approach to farming is a sustainable one, using a combination of cover crops, beneficial insects, crop rotation, and organic-approved applications to grow food. They believe strong soil grows strong plants, and therefore always invest organic nutrients back into the soil each season. They have no interest in applying anything toxic to their plants or fields and never use any chemical pesticides or fertilizers.

More on the Ten Mile Farm website.


round mountain creamery

Black Mountain

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With plenty of grit and a whole lot of love, Round Mountain Creamery was founded in 2002 by Linda Seligman. Beginning with five goats and dream, this “little big farm” became North Carolina’s first Grade “A” Goat Dairy in 2008. Nestled in the lush forests of Black Mountain, North Carolina, Round Mountain Creamery is a 28-acre goat dairy and farmstead that produces flavorful soft cheeses. Now with over 60 goats, they produce a wide variety of soft and aged goat cheeses for both home and wholesale use. 

More on the Round Mountain Creamery website.


taylor ranch

Fletcher

Taylor Ranch is a fifth-generation, privately-owned 500-acre working Quarter Horse and Texas Longhorn Cattle Ranch located in beautiful Cane Creek Valley, 15 minutes from Asheville. Scenic mountain views, gently rolling hills, a seven-acre lake stocked with brim and bass make Taylor Ranch the perfect place for a cyclist aid station along the Asheville cycling course.

More on the Taylor Ranch website.

Menus

Note: All menus subject to change

POST-RIDE
FARM TO FORK
BARBECUE

By Hickory Nut Gap Farm

Buffet MENU

  • Pasture-raised smoked chicken 

  • Pasture-raised smoked pork

  • House smoked sausages

  • Vegetarian option: Sticky & smoky seitan "ribs"

  • Bacon braised greens and beans 

  • Tangy collard green coleslaw

  • Dill & scallion red potato salad 

  • Heirloom tomato, corn and bean salad

  • Watermelon, local feta, herbs and pickled pepper salad 

  • Steve's cornbread  

  • Local stone fruit & berry cobbler 

Finisher brew

Pint from Hi-Wire Brewing, a local Asheville brewery
*One pint included with your registration cost for all finishers over 21

tickets 

Adults: $29.99
Children 12 and under: $14.99
*Included in all ride registrations


Note: All menus subject to change

MEET THE FARMERS DINNER

Catered by The Blind Pig Supper Club

Sponsored by Elite Performance Team

Menu

Appetizers

  • Hickory Nut Gap beef tartar

  • Cured egg

  • Rhu Bakery sourdough

  • Popped Hickory Nut Gap beef tenderloin

  • Whipped pimento cheese with pickled okra and tomato jam on toasted OWL ciabatta

  • Grilled local radishes, crass butter puffed rice

  • Whipped Sunburst Trout dip, brioche

Cheese & Charcuterie

  • Looking Glass & Ashe County cheeses

  • Seasonal Pickles, preserves, compotes, Lusty Monk mustard

  • Hickory Nut Gap Farm charcuterie meats, pork rillette, head cheese

  • Duck liver pate

  • Chicharrónes (Hickory Nut Gap Farm pork rinds) 

Salad

  • Ruby Sky salad with pickled North Carolina blackberries, candied Georgia pecans, Clemson blue cheese, herbs, flowers, local Bet vinaigrette

 Main Course 

  • Hickory Nut Gap Farm porchetta di testa, served with collard green chimichurri, mustard whip, confit potato

  • Smoked Hickory Nut Gap Farm brisket with Alabama white BBQ Sauce, roasted vegetable and local pickles, Syracuse salt potato

  • Vegetarian option: Smoked Smiling Hara tempeh, roasted local root vegetables smoked carrot vinaigrette, herbs, Three Graces Dairy manchego 

Dessert

  • Smoked Hendersonville apple cobbler, local whiskey caramel mint, buttermilk whipped black pepper yogurt

Tickets

$79.99
*Included in First Class Registration

Note: All menus subject to change


Aid Station 'Small Bites'

 

Small bites menu coming Spring 2019

Note: all aid stations are also stocked with ride fuel from GU & Clif Bar


Dinner Sponsor

Elite Performance Team

Dr. Jan Kasprowicz and his team at New Jersey Chiropractic & Sports Recovery understand and promote the importance of high-quality locally sourced food.

Learn more at eliteperformanceteam.org.

Volunteers

OVERview

Farm to Fork Fondo Volunteer Competition

In 2018, Wrenegade Foundation donated more than $50,000 to local organizations in our host communities via our Farm to Fork Fondo Volunteer Competitions. This year we'll be giving away even more, and your votes help decide which groups get the biggest donations.

At each Farm to Fork Fondo event, volunteers represent local farm or charitable organizations. From the registration tent to the last aid station, you will be greeted and cheered on by volunteers who are competing to bring the most spirit to the day. Ask volunteers questions to learn about their projects and missions. At the end of your ride, vote for your favorite team. Your vote helps determine the size of the cash donations we give to each organization

The Volunteer Competition is supported by tax-deductible participant donations to Wrenegade Foundation, sponsors, and 100% of all raffle ticket sales.

Note: Check back soon for additional volunteer team announcements


North Carolina Arboretum

Team red

The North Carolina Arboretum is a 434-acre campus located within the Pisgah National Forest, near Asheville, North Carolina. With over 10 miles of hiking and biking trails, 65+ acres of cultivated garden space, educational programs and annual rotating science and art exhibits, the Arboretum fosters stewardship of natural places and celebrates the culture and heritage of the southern Appalachian region. Over 500,000 annual visitors enjoy the Arboretum each year. A vote for Team Red is a vote for the Willow Pond Trail Project, which is renovating a network of trails through wetland and native plant habitats.

Conserving Carolina


 


Team Green

Conserving Carolina is dedicated to protecting and stewarding land and water resources vital to the natural heritage and quality of life in North Carolina and to fostering appreciation and understanding of the natural world. Your vote for this team will support the land trust’s Building Expansion Campaign that will accommodate its new growth from nine full time staff to 20 staffers. Since 2017, this growth has enabled Conserving Carolina to protect more than 45,000 acres in Western North Carolina and expand their environmental education and outreach programs.

For more information visit ConservingCarolina.org


Organic Growers School

Team Orange

Organic Growers School is the premier provider of practical and affordable organic education in the Southern Appalachians. Since 1993 they have been building a vibrant food and farming community by boosting the success of organic growers with hands-on training, workshops, conferences to educate and inspire people to farm, garden, and live organically. Your vote for this team will support their Farmer Programs which create a thriving food community. The Farmer Programs create more farmers and home gardeners, activists and advocates, community leaders, and consumers.

For more information visit OrganicGrowersSchool.org


Verner Center for Early Learning

Team Blue

Verner Center for Early Learning’s mission is to foster holistic learning environments where young children and families thrive. Your vote for Team Blue will support their program Rainbow In My Tummy, a comprehensive nutrition enrichment program that ensures children ages 0-5 have access to a wide variety of nutritious foods and develops cycles of healthy eating using food color as a tool.

Learn more at VernerEarlyLearning.org


Girls on the Run of WNC

Team purple

Girls on the Run inspires girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind. Trained coaches lead small teams through our research-based curricula which includes dynamic discussions, activities and running games. Over the course of the ten-week program, girls in 3rd-8th grade develop essential skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. Girls on the Run positively impacts the community by helping girls be physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K event. Your vote for Team Purple will benefit the Girls on the Run of WNC scholarship fund, making this program accessible to all girls in the community, regardless of their ability to pay the registration fee.

Learn more at GOTRwnc.org

Barnyard Bandits 4-H Club

Team grey

This 4-H club offers kids in Henderson County, NC, a chance to have hands on experiences with livestock and community involvement. Youth work with a variety of livestock including beef, poultry, pigs, and llamas, learning how to purchase, care for, and show these animals. Your vote for the 4-H club will help 36 youth purchase pigs that will teach them the responsibility and hard work associated with farming. Club members will come to understand where the grain comes from to feed the pigs, and how to sell them at auction.

Learn more at CES.NCSU.edu


Travel Info

Travel Information

Directions

All activities at Hickory Nut Gap Farm, 57 Sugar Hollow Rd., Fairview, NC 28730
Free on-site parking

 

Event partner HotelS

We are excited to have a range of hotel partner options available for our Asheville event.

Country Inn & Suites Asheville Westgate
Situated off I-26 and 240, the Country Inn & Suites® by Radisson, Asheville Westgate, NC is the perfect base of operations during your time in Asheville. The Farm to Fork Fondo participant rate of $159/night is available Thursday through Sunday of event week. To reserve, please call the hotel for a reservation at 828-772-3188 and mention that you’re a Farm to Fork Fondo participant. You may also reserve online here. Reservations must be made before May 28, 2019 to assure this great rate.

Cambria Hotel Downtown Asheville
From the Cambria Hotel Downtown Asheville you’ll be in the middle of all the action—within walking distance from more than 100 shops, restaurants, art galleries, and entertainment venues. The hotel offers stylish accommodations with modern amenities, upscale rooms, and easy access to all Asheville has to offer. The Farm to Fork Fondo participant rate of $199/night is available Thursday through Sunday of event week, and valet parking is complimentary for Farm to Fork Fondo participants. To reserve, please call the hotel for a reservation at 828-255-0888 and mention that you’re a Farm to Fork Fondo participant. You may also reserve online here. Reservations must be made before May 28, 2019 to assure this great rate.

Hayward Park Hotel & Atrium
From its earliest days as a high end department store, Hayward Park has been the center of Asheville’s social and cultural scene. The boutique hotel puts you right in the heart of the Battery Hill neighborhood. Enjoy fabulous food, art, theater, live music, and nightlife all within footsteps. And when you’re finished with your big day of cycling, you’ll be pampered in rooms that are larger and more luxurious than any other in the area. The Farm to Fork Fondo participant rate of $259/night is available Thursday through Sunday of event week, and valet parking is complimentary for Farm to Fork Fondo participants. To reserve, please call the hotel for a reservation at 828-252-2522 and mention that you’re a Farm to Fork Fondo participant. Online reservations are not available for this property, please call the hotel directly. Reservations must be made before May 28, 2019 to assure this great rate.

Additional Local Lodging Partner

Cloud 9 Farm

Stay on-site at one of our featured farms, a private mini-estate in the country with blueberries, cows, chickens, and 200 acres of wooded nature trails. The property includes just three unique vacation rentals, so book early for a chance to stay.

More at Cloud9Relaxation.com.

car rentals

We’re pleased to have National Car-Rental & Enterprise Rent-a-Car as our preferred car-rental providers. Our corporate ID# is XZ246T8. This ID can also be used for a discount for all Wrenegade Sports events and for personal travel as well. There are three convenient ways to book an online reservation via the Wrenegade account:

Suggested Area Activities

presented by Explore Asheville


Local Partners


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