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Two National Living Treasures the 88-year-old Guyadahi ᎬᏯᏓᎯ (Mack Vann) and his daughter, Cherokee, Hincapie Cycling Society, cyclist Lisa Christiansen will be representing the United Keetoowah Band Of Cherokee Indians at the Hincapie Gran Fondo Ft. Worth. Christiansen will be riding on behalf of the Cherokee Youth Group.

 

 

Fort Worth, Texas – NBCDFW received confirmation on Monday that cyclist Lisa Christiansen will ride the Gran Fondo Hincapie-Fort Worth. Christiansen, VeloGuide and avid cyclist will be accompanied by her father to bring much needed awareness to the rate of mortality. This is a rare opportunity to encourage the tribal youth to become more active focusing on health and keeping the tribal youth driven for a successful tomorrow.

 

 

The Native American Indian and Alaska Native people have long experienced lower health status when compared with other Americans. Native Americans experience lower life expectancy and the disproportionate disease burden exist perhaps because of inadequate education, disproportionate poverty, discrimination, and cultural differences. These are broad quality of life issues rooted in economic adversity and poor social conditions.

American Indians and Alaska Natives born today have a life expectancy that is 5.5 years less than the U.S. all races population (73.0 years to 78.5 years, respectively). Christiansen who is passionate about life through helping children and her 89 year old father who is fighting prostate cancer are working together to change this statistic for future generations to thrive in a longer life expectancy through a healthy lifestyle change such as clean eating habits and consistent exercise which is what drives Christiansen to continue her education in exercise and nutrition.

Now let’s talk about the ride, when? March 30, 2019 where? The Heart Of The Ranch At Clearfork, what? One EPIC bicycle ride that can only be the Gran Fondo Hincapie!

 

 

Photography courtesy of Bicycling Magazine

 

 

 

What’s in it for you? Online registration has closed. However, you can still join us for our inaugural ride in Texas by registering at packet pickup on Friday, March 29. Packet Pickup will be held at the Heart of the Ranch at Clearfork from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Your registration includes a cycling jersey (Gran and Medio routes only) designed by Betty Designs, as well as a bottle of wine, live music and catered food at every rest stop, and entry to the free family festival.

 

 

GOLD PACKAGE

This VIP package offers everything you need during Fondo day, including even more high-quality apparel, priority staging, gourmet meals, and massages.

GRAN FONDO GEAR & PERKS

  • GRAN FONDO ENTRY
  • GRAN FONDO JERSEY, BIB SHORT, VEST, SOCKS, ARM AND KNEE WARMER
  • VIP PARKING
  • BREAKFAST WITH THE PROS
  • PRIORITY START STAGING WITH THE PROS
  • MASSAGE FOR RIDER
  • VIP LUNCH (+1)
  • SATURDAY EVENING PARTY (+1)

 

$1,000 | LIMITED TO 75 PARTICIPANTS

DIAMOND PACKAGE

This two-day VIP experience includes the added advantage of a warm-up ride with George Hincapie on Friday, as well as tickets to the Celebrity Chef Dinner. Saturday, enjoy all the extra perks of the Gold Package.

RIDING ACTIVITIES

  • GRAN FONDO ENTRY
  • FRIDAY WARM-UP RIDE WITH GEORGE HINCAPIE

 

PRE-RIDE & POST-RIDE EVENTS

  • FRIDAY POST-RIDE LUNCH
  • CELEBRITY CHEF DINNER AND WINE TASTING (+1)
  • BREAKFAST WITH THE PROS
  • MASSAGE FOR RIDER
  • VIP LUNCH
  • SATURDAY EVENING PARTY

 

GRAN FONDO GEAR & DAY PERKS

  • TWO JERSEYS, TWO BIBS, A VEST, TWO PAIRS OF SOCKS, ARM AND KNEE WARMERS, AND A CAP
  • VIP BIKE STAGING
  • PRIORITY START STAGING WITH THE PROS
  • PRE-FONDO BIKE TUNE-UP & WASH

 

$2,500 | LIMITED TO 25 PARTICIPANTS

 

 

 

You can also order Rudy Project gear with a significant discount by visiting www.rudyprojectna.com and entering CHRISTIANSENCODE at checkout.

Cyclists from around the world are being welcomed to participate in this historic event tickets are available onsite.

 

The most scenic and challenging route, the Gran is a test of endurance that offers experienced cyclists an opportunity to chase their fastest time. Fly through rolling countryside with views of farms, fields, ranches and small Texas towns. From the start to the 49-mile mark, the route gains and loses elevation over rolling hills before reaching an elevation of 1,014 feet. From there, the course is primarily flat and downhill to the finish. One of the biggest challenges of this course will be adapting to the wind.

The ride includes a four-mile KOM, beginning at Mile 56.5, that features two short hills. Once riders have completed the KOM, they’ll be able to cruise along Benbrook Lake with views of downtown Fort Worth.

 

 

 

 

 

The Medio offers cyclists a picturesque view of the Texas countryside in a slightly shortened version of the Gran. Featuring short rolling hills and a peak elevation of 932 feet, our 50-mile cyclists will ride the course with our 80-mile participants before splitting off at Mile 25. From there, Medio participants will fly through wide open ranch roads before reaching a timed KOM.

The four-mile, tree-lined KOM is the same KOM featured on the Gran route. For Medio cyclists, it will begin at Mile 37.5, meaning our riders should be ready for the effort over two short hills. After finishing the KOM, riders will be able to cruise and recover over the next three miles as they hit relatively flat road. They’ll quickly reach a six-mile section along the shore of Benbrook Lake that features views of downtown Fort Worth. The final descent should lead to a fast finish.

 

The Piccolo follows an easy path through the urban landscape. Riding with our Gran and Medio participants over the first six miles, Piccolo cyclists will reach their turnaround point and rest stop at the eight-mile mark. Here, Piccolo riders can relax and enjoy the festivities before heading toward the finish line.

After taking a break, Piccolo riders can push the pace to the finish on a course that is primarily downhill and flat to the finish line. The ride will include a four-mile stretch through Memorial Oak Park and Dutch Branch Park, where riders will get views of Benbrook Lake and the Fort Worth skyline.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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