What is a Fondo

Gran Fondo means many things to many people. Loosely translated, it means everything from "great foundation", "great distance" or "great endurance". It can be a full-on race, or just a ride. It's both a sporting event and a cultural experience.

The Gran Fondo name derives from the Italian, so a true Gran Fondo is Italian, however at Activ we are grouping any challenging ride (for you!) under our Gran Fondo banner.

Do I need to train for a Fondo?

We highly recommend it. Going on a challenging ride is no fun at all if you cramp up 20km into the ride and forget to bring enough food.

Activ's training programs will help you get the most from your Fondo experience.

What do we cover in our programs?

Our programs are integrated with our general membership (with the occasional camp / extra long ride)

We cover

Hydration
How much water do you need, when do you need, and how do you remember keep drinking!
Nutrition
What is the best way for YOU to keep your energy levels up
LSD
Long Steady Distance - does this style of training make sense for you?
Self-sufficiency
Changing a tyre, changing a derailler hanger,
Travelling
How to pack/build your bike for minimum airline charges and damage

Tour Challenges

For the ultimate challenge, consider riding a multi-day tour!

Some of the best cycling memories our riders have come from riding in epic tours of France, Italy and the Australian "Alps" in Victoria.

How do I get started?

  1. Come into Activ (if you don't already).
  2. Find the Fondo Board
  3. Get a pin and stick your name label into one of the challenges (need help choosing - just ask us!)
  4. Start training (we'll help you with this one too!)

Upcoming Challenges

Cormet de Roselend

Cormet de Roselend

When Ben agreed to riding the Cormet de Roselend, he had no idea what he was up against (a Category 1 climb). Further by opting not to read the map, and doing "a 15km diversion" up Col de Saisies he ended doing another Category 1 climb. The day ended after 150km, rolling back to Lake Annecy and eating every piece of bread in sight. Awesome day.

Cormet de Roselend

Halfway up the first Category 1 climb - still smiling...