Starting at Mike Ward Park located at 20 Lake Road, Irvine, CA (Lake and Alton Parkway)
In an effort to make OC GranFondo a ride in which almost any cyclist can participate, riders in the OC GranFondo have the choice of four separate routes. Regardless of what type of riding appeals to you or what fitness level you’re currently enjoying, we’ve got a route that works for you.
This is a “Rules of the Road” event, meaning everyone must comply with all Traffic Laws, including stopping at the two Stop Signs. Police will issue tickets to riders disregarding Traffic Laws. Riders failing to heed Stop Signs will be disqualified from the Chip Time Trial and will not receive credit or times for completing the Full Century. All riders must wear an approved helmet.
Bib #’s will be assigned to each rider and posted on the OCGranFondo.com under Rider Names. Please locate your Bib# before entering the line at packet pick up. A cross-referenced Alphabetical Rider Roster will also be posted.
Packet Pick up/Registration:
Riders may pick up rider packets, or register in-person (cash/credit), on Fri, Oct 3rd, at a AROADBIKE4U, near the John Wayne Airport located at 17985 Sky Park Circle Ste. E, Irvine, CA 92614 (949.752.2080) aroadbike4u.com Store Hours 10:30-6. (Riders may pick up friends’ packets with written permission or a printed email).
Race Start and Parking
The ride start and registration is at Mike Ward Community Park, 20 Lake Road, Irvine CA, located at the corner of Alton and Lake. Click here for map. Parking is on first come first serve basis. There will be additional parking near the Woodbridge High School (Alton), St. John Neumann Church (Alton), and Irvine Community College (Near Alton and University) Past rides have had well over 1,000 riders so it is recommended that you carpool.
Riders who purchased a jersey on or before August 15th, will receive them at packet pick up. Jerseys purchased after August 15th will be in the or be mailed.
Riders must individually insure their bicycle is mechanically sound and equipped with fully serviceable brakes, wheels, and tires. We encourage every rider get a professional tune-up and safety inspection prior to the ride. However, representatives from a number of local bike shops will be available the day of the ride to assist in any mechanical needs you may have.
Mechanics will be at the Start/Finish on Sat morning from 5:45-8:00 A.M. All mechanics begin roving the course at 8:00A.M. Pay mechanics for replacement parts.
Share the Road:
Vehicle traffic can be heavy in places. If you are riding with a large group please double file maximum and stay off the white lines. Announce “Car back” and give extra room, if safely possible. Use extra caution come to a complete stop at stop signs. Keep calm if vehicles honk or behave aggressively.
You may leave your gear Sat morning in the Start/Finish area. Do not leave valuables, as we cannot guarantee security. This service is primarily for riders wishing to leave outer layers of warm clothing worn just prior to the start. An additional Gear Drop is at Rest Stop #1 until 10:00 A.M. These bags will be returned to the Mike Ward Park at 10:30 A.M. and stored at the Finish. Mark gear bags with Bib#/Name. Pick up Gear Bags after the ride. Unclaimed bags will be returned at rider’s expense ($7).
Ride will occur Rain or Shine! When was the last time we have a rainstorm in So CA in October??
All riders and volunteers must complete and sign a Waiver save time by going to our website or at packet pick-up. No exceptions for the ride.
Optional for all Full Course riders, by CEP Timing. Pick up chips on Saturday Return all timing chips at Timing Booth at the Finish. There is an $85 fee for missing timing chips.
Rest Stops SAG:
Rest Stops, Lunch/Rest Stop, to re-hydrate, carb-up, and get course info.
Use extra caution riding in Rest Stop areas. If you are stopping, announce “Stopping!” to avoid rear-end crashes. Move bicycles completely off road. To limit vehicles, promote safety, and comply with permit restrictions, outside support from friends & family in vehicles is not permitted anywhere on the course.
There will be road arrows marking arrows and signs, traffic cones, and volunteers will guide you. Rider packets include a Course Map detailing Courses and Rest Stops.
There will be a professional rider at the event. And photos will be posted by Bib#.
Floor Pumps/FirstAid Kits:
Available at the Start, each Rest Stop, and the Lunch Stop.
SAG vehicles will be patrolling the course marked with orange magnetic signs. Flag them down if you have a mechanical problem, need water, or need other assistance. DUE TO THE LARGE NUMBER OF RIDERS AND LARGE COURSE PLEASE CALL 949-529-1241
Lunch / After Ride Meal:
All riders registered riders receive an included Pasta and Meatball lunch with a beverage. Lunches will be available starting at 11:00 A.M. Bibs indicate rider’s lunch receipt and will be “punched”. Lunch may be purchased by non-registered riders for $7.50 and Children for $5.00. Beer and other beverages will be served for a nominal price.
Please keep all your on-route trash (especially Clif Bar wrappers, gel packets, and banana peels). Use trash bags located at all Rest Stops, the Lunch Stop, and the Start/Finish.
Volunteers will be identified by OC T-shirts. Most volunteers are trained only with their station’s operation.
Our Gratitude goes out to all the volunteers for all their hard work. Volunteers are giving up their weekend and have spent countless hours to help you enjoy yours. Please always be courteous and let ‘em know you appreciate their help!
If you encounter mechanical or other problems on the course, call the Hotline at 949-529-1241.