17 times Tour de France finisher George Hincapie started racing bikes as a junior, eventually capturing 10 USA National titles and a pair of World Championship medals as a teenager. Now he is giving back to the current generation of junior riders by offering them an unprecedented $10,000 USD prize list at the 10th Gran Fondo Hincapie on 23 October 2021.
The race in Greenville, South Carolina is offering a prize list of equal value to both males and females age 10-18. Winners of the Gran Fondo Hincapie Junior Challenge will each claim $1500, with the next four places earning $1000, 750, 500 and 250. KOM payouts will pay three places deep at $500, 300 and 200.
With a total $10,000 prize list, Gran Fondo Hincapie Junior Challenge offers the biggest gran fondo cash payout in the world – for any age group.
Entry fees for the Junior Challenge are only $35, but riders must have a USA Cycling license. Juniors may also ride the traditional Gran, Medio, or Piccolo Fondo for FREE if they are not interested in the Junior Challenge.
The race will have its own start corral and compete on the 49-mile Medio Fondo route with 4156 feet of climbing and two KOM sections, including the 4-mile Saluda Grade at 5% grade.
Following in his father’s footsteps, the next generation Hincapie, 12 year-old Enzo, is expected to toe the line and make a dash for the cash. He finished 50th overall at Gran Fondo Hincapie Chattanooga in May.
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