1. Where and when is the Spoke n'Hot Gran Fondo? The SGF starts and finishes at the Fort in Ft Qu'Appelle . It's on the corner of Hwy 56 and Boundary avenue . The Fort will be open at 0600 on Sunday the 6th of August and our Century riders will be hitting the road at 0700.
2. What type of bike do I need for the Gran Fondo? If you are planning to ride the Century or One hill routes it is highly recommended that you have a road bike, cyclocross or hybrid bike outfitted with "skinny" tires. If you are choosing to go Once around the Lake you could probably ride a mountain bike as the distance is not too great. BMX style bikes are not recommended.
3. What is included in my Registration fee? Your registration fee includes an incredible ride on a well marked course, nutrition and aid stations along the way, support vehicles, Lunch, a drink ticket and more friends than you ever thought you could have.
4. Why are all the events the same price if I'm not riding as far? Pretty simple really, the costs of the event are identical per rider no matter the distance.
5.Can I change distances after I register? Yes. Sometimes our training does not go as planned. You can change anytime up to the week before the event.
6. Is this a women only event? No. Spoke n'Hot is a women's cycling club but just like any other cycling club we love to share the road with all cyclists! Last year was about a 50/50 split.
7. Are there cut off times? Yes. The Ride volunteers will be monitoring all participants. We've calculated the time you should need based on an average speed of 20 KM/H. This is a pretty relaxed pace. If it looks like you are having a difficult ride, then we will give you the option of modifying your route or catching a ride with us in the van. Our plan is to have most of you back into Fort Qu'Appelle by 1:30 so we can all have lunch, a drink and a visit with friends in the beer garden. We want everyone back safe and sound by 3pm at the latest.
8. Can I register on the morning of the event? No, we need to know ahead of time that you're coming so that we have lunch and a cold drink ready for you when you finish!
9. Do I need to be a member of the Sask Cycling Association? No. We hope that you are, because they are a really nice group who work hard to promote cycling in SK, but you don't need to be. We've arranged a separate insurance policy to cover everyone. However we do insist that you wear a helmet and your bike is in good shape.
10. Is the course flat like the rest of Saskatchewan?
:) Oh, are you in for a surprise! There are three good climbs out of the valley and the roads around the lakes are rolling hills, not very steep but there are lots of them. We did a survey of all the 2016 participants and some senior riders said that they were challenged by the overall toughness of the course. And that's an important point. We want you to enjoy the day and you need to be honest about your training for this event. We intend holding this event annually so if you are not sure of your fitness, then back it off a notch and choose a shorter distance. Have a great time and plan on a further distance in 2018! I promise that we will be here.