In the eighth Challenge of the Gran Fondo series, Strava is challenging you to ride 130 kilometers in one ride between August 1st and August 31st.
For this Challenge, deviate from your normal routes and go after something more adventurous. Optimize for suffering and exploration, not comfort and convenience. Share stories from your fondo using the hashtag #fondoday.
Take on a new route this month. Pick out an epic course of your own design, rally some of your buddies (or go it alone), and make yourself a day full of memories...
Complete the Challenge and you will unlock the ability to purchase a limited edition Gran Fondo Jersey for $120. This jersey is part of a series that will vary by color each month and will only be available to those who complete the Gran Fondo Challenges.
This jersey is manufactured by Cuore, a company loved amongst athletes, which produces kits for many of the Pro Tour teams. It features a sweatproof zippered pocket for your mobile device, and a textured stretch fabric on the sleeves and side panels for improved aerodynamics.
After completing the Challenge, an email will be sent which will include a link to purchase the jersey. A button will also appear below the jersey on this Challenge page which will take you to the product page in the Shop.
The purchasing window will close 3 days after the Challenge ends. The expected delivery time is 5-7 weeks for domestic orders and 6-8 weeks for international.
Athletes who complete this Challenge will receive a Gran Fondo digital finishers badge in their Trophy Case.
You have to ride 130 kilometers in a single ride, and the elapsed time of the ride must be under 24 hours.
To ensure you meet the Challenge goal, we recommend you ride a small amount over 130 kilometers during your activity (about 3 km / 2 mi). This will give you a buffer in the event your activity distance is shortened after upload to Strava due to the cleanup of GPS irregularities. You can learn about how distance is calculated for our app by reading this Knowledge Base Article.
The Challenge period starts and ends based on each riders local time zone.
Manual entries or trainer rides will not count towards your Challenge effort.
All activities logged during the Challenge period must be uploaded to Strava no later than three days after the Challenge ends.
Ride hard and be safe. Use common sense when it comes to traffic, weather, or other conditions while taking part in this Challenge. Remember to take care of your hydration and nutrition needs when you’re out on the road.
SOME BASIC QUESTIONS:
Q: When do I have to complete the 130 kilometer ride?
A: You can ride any day during the month long Challenge period, but you have to make sure the elapsed time of your ride is under 24 hours in duration.
Q: Can I ride multiple times to add up to 130 kilometers?
A: No, you have to ride 130 kilometers in a single ride.
Q: Is there a time limit for the 130 kilometers?
A: Yes, there is a 24 hour time limit to complete the 130 kilometers, meaning the elapsed time of the activity (ride) can not exceed 24 hours in total.