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Gran Fondo Scotland - Autumn Classic

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Looking for a challenging sportive with elements of the true Italian style Gran Fondos on quiet roads to round up your season?

We have 2 stunning route choices available with the iconic Kelpies in Falkirk as our Grand Depart in this digital chip timed event. With "Italian Panache", participants will enjoy a post ride Pasta Party inside our Pasta Party marquee with food, entertainment and music all inclusive of your entry fee.

*127km Gran Fondo highlights - Take in the beauty of the Carron Valley before challenging yourself on the Crow Road and Tak Ma Doon climbs.

*86km Medio Fondo highlights - Hugging the outskirts of the Carron Valley, take in the beautiful quiet roads on our slightly shorter, flatter route option.

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Dana C
"First time doing this event. The course was certainly challenging and had some..."
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How to enter the Gran Fondo Scotland - Autumn Classic

  1. Gran Fondo Route - 127KM

    Bike 127km
    Event passed
  2. Medio Fondo Route - 86KM

    Bike 86km
    Event passed
  3. Gran Fondo + Medio Fondo

    Bike 213km
    Event passed

Gran Fondo Scotland - Autumn Classic routes


Starting at the Kelpies, riders can enjoy the scenic route out towards Stirling before heading west where the road begins to climb around the Carron Valley Reservoir. We chose this part of the course after being inspired by the lakes of Italy. Riders will then take on the challenging Crow Road with characteristics of the shallow yet long lower French Alpine slopes. This road is also where Britains only Tour de France King of the Mountains jersey winner formerly known as Robert Millar previously trained.

On route, stop off at our feed station to refuel before taking on the Tak-Ma-Doon climb then afterwards, the peaceful winding roads will take you back into Falkirk where you can finish your day with true "Italian Panache" at our Pasta Party Celebration, a Gran Fondo favourite, at The Falkirk Stadium.


The 86km route follows the same course as the 127km route but loops back towards The Falkirk Stadium from Carron Bridge 27km into the ride. Participants in this event can still challenge themselves in Gran Fondo style on the 6km Strava timed climb within the route and finish off the day with food and entertainment at the Pasta Party Celebration at the Falkirk Stadium.

Event Details

  • Post event Pasta Party with food and entertainment.
  • Bagpiper send off at the Kelpies Grand Depart.
  • Digital chip timing system.
  • Feed stations on route with electrolyte drink, water, bananas, pastries and more!
  • Goodie bag for each participant.
  • Bike mechanic support.
  • GPX file of route.
  • Well signposted route.
  • Fundraising for Cancer Research UK option available.

Registration - The Falkirk Stadium
Registration Option A: Saturday 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Registration Option B: Sunday 07:30am - 8:00am.

Registering on the Saturday means that you are less likely to have to queue for a longer period of time on the day of the event, giving you more time to prepare on the day of the event itself.

Please take note before arrival of your rider wave number and time. Registration must

be done in person as you must sign the start sheet to enable you to start and confirm that you have collected your rider number and chip which both must be attached to your bike with the cable ties provided. Rider numbers should be attached to the handlebars of the bike.


Arrive at holding area at The Kelpies no later than 08:15am, your rider wave number will then be called forward to the start line..

ID and note of emergency contact information on riders at all times
Food and energy drink (although there are feed stations en route)
Money/Credit or Debit Card
Small tool kit, saddle bag, pump and tubes (although there is mechanical support en route)
Helmet, bike, shoes
Weather appropriate clothing
GPX device or phone with maps
If you do have any questions about the event or would like to get in touch with the race organiser then please follow the link below -

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Gran Fondo?
This is a long-distance road cycling event. The distance is usually 75+ miles long (120km). There are staggered starts much like a marathon and at the end of the event you will receive a big meal.
Is there a photographer?
There will be photos taken throughout the day and will be put up on the Gran Fondo Scotland website and Facebook page.
Should you register on the saturday on sunday?
Register on the saturday as the queues will be shorter and then this will give you more time to prepare for event on the day itself
What is the pasta party?
There will be pasta after the event. Hand in your number and you will receive some delicious pasta.

Meet the organiser

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After years of riding events across the world, as your event organiser, we wanted to bring together elements of what we loved about these events into our own events. We started with our course; where we took inspiration from the beautiful sweeping roads around the lakes of Italy, the challenging short but steep gradients of Belgium and the steady but long climbs of France. Next, we wanted to ensure our riders have a great experience and be able to share the stories of the day afterwards and what better way to do this than a traditional Gran Fondo Pasta Party Celebration and entertainment post ride. We are proud to present Gran Fondo Scotland


Gran Fondo Scotland - Autumn Classic reviews

4 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
  • Did the Gran Fondo Route - 127KM in 2019

    First time doing this event. The course was certainly challenging and had some lovely scenery. Some good hills to get your teeth into.
    Marshalling was great, Signs were great, GPX was great.

    Two areas for improvement. For the larger route to have two feed stations (could there be one near the cross over point of the two routes?)
    Really need access to a toilet at the feed station at the school. Even if a portaloo. Not good to cycle 70 odd miles are a women and not be able to go to the loo.

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