George Hincapie bid farewell to the professional peloton at the conclusion of this year’s America’s Pro Cycling Challenge after a 19-year career. He did do as one of the most accomplished elder statesmen ever to grace the sport’s ranks. He also did it in a style that spoke to the ever-constant qualities that defined his career; one of selflessness and pure professionalism. While he certainly could have, George didn’t finish on the first page of results for his final race, instead he rode every second in service of a rider nearly two decades his junior. Chapeau, George.
For those looking to celebrate George’s illustrious career, the Gran Fondo Hincapie presents just such an opportunity. Set in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in South Carolina—George’s favorite training grounds, the event will take place on October 27th. Three routes are on offer, ranging from the 15-mile Piccolo to the 80-mile Gran which features a particularly mountainous route.
Source: Hincapie Sports
Greenville, S.C. (August 09, 2012)— On October 27th cyclists and cycling fans are invited to celebrate the esteemed career of cycling legend George Hincapie at the Hincapie Gran Fondo in the Blue Ridge foothills of South Carolina. Cycling stars of the past, present and future will be joining the celebration, making for a fitting grand finale to Hincapie's 19-year professional cycling career.
This year, Hincapie finished a record 17th Tour of Flanders and Tour de France while riding with the BMC Racing Team. His durability, tenacity and dedication to teammates made Hincapie one of the most respected riders in the cycling world.
The Fondo will start and finish at La Bastide, the 29-acre French country inn and estate in the Blue Ridge foothills recently purchased by Rich and George Hincapie. Adult riders will have three ride options—15, 50, and 80 miles—traveling along George's favorite training routes ridden in preparation for races such as the Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix, and the Tour de France. The peek of leaves changing color will ensure a scenic setting, while kids can participate in a ride of their own.