Hello and welcome the the Maui Gran Fondo. This is an amazingly scenic route around Haleakala on the beautiful island of Maui. The route will blow your mind and maybe your legs too. This is a very hard hilly and hot event and not for the less than superbly fit and ready athlete. It is 95 miles long most of which is at or near sea level. It will climb 10 thousand feet during those 95 miles and finishes with a 3 thousand foot climb going past the big wind mills, the Tedeschi winery and then to the finish in Keokea. There will be a neutral, controlled start till Hana Highway. It starts and finishes in the sleepy little town of Keokea and goes clockwise from there toward Makawao then down to Hana Highway and out to Hana. From there it continues toward the start of the desert in Kaupo. During this ride there are approximately 3 miles of gravel road followed by the bumpiest 5 miles of road you will ever ride. I promise. Then you climb from there back up to Keokea with the wind normally at your back and the sun burning a hole in your head. It will be a long day for sure. The fastest guys will complete this in under 5.5 hours and it will take most people from 6.5 to 9 hours to complete. There will be 4 aid stations along the route. Most will be toward the final half of the ride. You will want to bring at least 2 Large water bottles as you will be sweating more than you can imagine. Sunscreen is a must and bring along your favorite fuel. We will provide Ice and Water and Gels at each aid station so you can fill your bottles along the way. Be sure to bring a good repair kit as the 8 miles of rough road can either vibrate things loose or pinch flat a tire if you hit something just right. At the finish we will have food ready for you to eat and plenty to drink. I look forward to seeing you complete this EPIC event. It will be one that you won't forget.