Time Trial FAQs

  • Is there an admission fee to watch the races?

    No the event is free and open to the public.

  • Are the kid’s activities free or do I need to buy a wristband or pay per activity?

    All the activities and attractions are free. No cost for any of the children’s activities.

  • Where is the best place to watch the race?

    Monkey Hill has become the premiere location to watch the racer beat the clock as they race up the cobblestones. There is a beer garden and food trucks at the top of the hill.

  • Should I bring a chair?

    Monkey Hill is ideal for a blanket or lawn chairs.

Gran Fondo FAQs

  • Key Dates

    Registration opens Dec. 15. Only first 800 riders accepted.

  • Packet pick up:

    Sun, 5/21: Beginning at 6:00am at ride start (Delaware Art Museum)

    All Welcome bags with souvenir T-shirts, etc. will be given to riders at the completion of their ride. (no need to run things back to your car or have us hold items). Gran Fondo riders, your registration/chip pick-up will be a one-step process.

  • What are the ride distances?

    Delaware Gran Fondo is 64 miles/103 km long.

    Medio Fondo is 31 miles/50 km long

    Governor’s Cycle Tour is 15 miles/ 24 km long.

  • What do you get for your entry fee?

    Gran Fondo: Welcome packet, souvenir T-shirt, USA Cycling rider insurance, course marking, aid stations, chip timing for two climbs, completion medal, post-ride BBQ with craft beer, competition prizes, bike parking at festivities and more.
    Medio Fondo: Welcome packet, souvenir T-shirt, USA Cycling rider insurance, course marking, aid stations, post-ride BBQ with craft beer, bike parking at festivities and more.
    Governor’s Ride: Welcome packet, souvenir T-shirt, USA Cycling rider insurance, course marking, aid stations, post-ride BBQ with craft beer, bike parking at festivities and more.

  • Do I need a racing license to participate?

    No, a racing license is not needed or required. Every cyclist will be insured individually by USA Cycling. The cost for the insurance is included in the entry fee.

  • Do you have to be a racer?

    No, not at all. We encourage riders of all fitness levels. Some people will compete on the climbs at the Gran Fondo, others will just complete the course and enjoy the stunning vistas and attractions and the camaraderie of doing the ride with hundreds of other cyclists. The Medio Fondo offers riders a more challenging ride than the Governor’s Ride, however, it is much less challenging than the Gran Fondo.

  • What is the minimum age for participants?

    Riders must be 16 or older to participate.

  • Where and how do I register?

    We partner with BikeReg.com. You can register at wilmgrandprix.com/granfondo/registration Registration opens December 15 and only the first 800 riders will be accepted.

  • What type of bike can I ride for the event?

    We suggest you use a road bike as it is the best option to ride in groups. Its light weight makes climbing easier. You can also ride a mountain bike, touring bike or single speed (with two brakes). A triathlon bike is fine as long as you keep your hands on the brake lever while riding in a group. If you chose to ride as a tandem, both riders have to register for the event. Tandems are not eligible for KOM/QOM prizes. Recumbent bikes, trailers and bike seats are not allowed for safety reasons.

  • Is it a timed race?

    No. It is not a race. However, the two key climbs of the Gran Fondo are chip timed and count towards the King and Queen of Mountain competition. You will see signs that indicate an upcoming climb. Once you cross the sign at the bottom of the hill, your time starts running until you cross the sign on the top of the hill. You are only eligible for competition prizes if you
    complete the full course of the Gran Fondo.

    The Governor’s Ride is not timed and non-competitive.

  • What are the details/elevations on the two timed climbs?

    First Climb: At 11.6-mile mark. Distance .5 mile/Avg. Grade 7% (ALL NEW CLIMB)

    Second Climb: At 16.4-mile mark. Distance .8 mile/Avg. Grade 4.5%

    (REST STOP AT TOP OF 2ND CLIMB)

  • Is a GPS map of the course available for download?

    IMPORTANT NOTE: The early segment of the course is so unique that there are no public roads in Hagley Museum and Winterthur and the roads you will ride on those estates do not appear on Google Maps and will not appear via your ride-mapping apps. Therefore, the GPS course will begin when riders emerge from Winterthur Museum & Gardens. YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THE COURSE BELOW AND ACTIVATE IT AS YOU EXIT WINTERTHUR (mile mark 11.1).

    Gran Fondo Course via Ride With GPS: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/11968601

    Medio Fondo Course via Ride With GPS: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/11968684

  • What are the categories for King and Queen of Mountain?

    The cumulative time of each timed climb will determine winners for each category at the Wilmington Grand Prix Gran Fondo.

Governor’s Ride FAQs

  • Key Dates

    Registration opens Dec. 15. Only first 800 riders accepted.

  • Packet pick up:

    Sun, 5/21: Beginning at 6:00am at ride start (Delaware Art Museum)

    All Welcome bags with souvenir T-shirts, etc. will be given to riders at the completion of their ride. (no need to run things back to your car or have us hold items). Gran Fondo riders, your registration/chip pick-up will be a one-step process.

  • What are the ride distances?

    Delaware Gran Fondo is 64 miles/103 km long.

    Medio Fondo is 31 miles/50 km long

    Governor’s Cycle Tour is 15 miles/ 24 km long.

  • What do you get for your entry fee?

    Gran Fondo: Welcome packet, souvenir T-shirt, USA Cycling rider insurance, course marking, aid stations, chip timing for two climbs, completion medal, post-ride BBQ with craft beer, competition prizes, bike parking at festivities and more.

    Medio Fondo: Welcome packet, souvenir T-shirt, USA Cycling rider insurance, course marking, aid stations, post-ride BBQ with craft beer, bike parking at festivities and more.

    Governor’s Ride: Welcome packet, souvenir T-shirt, USA Cycling rider insurance, course marking, aid stations, post-ride BBQ with craft beer, bike parking at festivities and more.

  • Do I need a racing license to participate?

    No, a racing license is not needed or required. Every cyclist will be insured individually by USA Cycling. The cost for the insurance is included in the entry fee.

  • Do you have to be a racer?

    No, not at all. We encourage riders of all fitness levels. Some people will compete on the climbs at the Gran Fondo, others will just complete the course and enjoy the stunning vistas and attractions and the camaraderie of doing the ride with hundreds of other cyclists. The Medio Fondo offers riders a more challenging ride than the Governor’s Ride, however, it is much less challenging than the Gran Fondo.

  • What is the minimum age for participants?

    Riders must be 16 or older to participate.

  • Where and how do I register?

    We partner with BikeReg.com. You can register at wilmgrandprix.com/granfondo/registration Registration opens December 15 and only the first 800 riders will be accepted.

  • What type of bike can I ride for the event?

    We suggest you use a road bike as it is the best option to ride in groups. Its light weight makes climbing easier. You can also ride a mountain bike, touring bike or single speed (with two brakes). A triathlon bike is fine as long as you keep your hands on the brake lever while riding in a group. If you chose to ride as a tandem, both riders have to register for the event. Tandems are not eligible for KOM/QOM prizes. Recumbent bikes, trailers and bike seats are not allowed for safety reasons.

  • Is it a timed race?

    No. It is not a race. However, the two key climbs of the Gran Fondo are chip timed and count towards the King and Queen of Mountain competition. You will see signs that indicate an upcoming climb. Once you cross the sign at the bottom of the hill, your time starts running until you cross the sign on the top of the hill. You are only eligible for competition prizes if you
    complete the full course of the Gran Fondo.

    The Governor’s Ride is not timed and non-competitive.

General FAQs

  • Is there an admission fee to watch the races?

    No the event is free and open to the public.

  • Are the kid’s activities free or do I need to buy a wristband or pay per activity?

    All the activities and attractions are free. No cost for any of the children’s activities.

  • Where is the best place to watch the race?

    Depends, some people love the turns of the figure eight course which would mean ideal viewing locations would be: 10th and Market, 5th and Market, 5th and King and 10th and King. If you like the rush of the finish the start finish is in front of the Grand Opera House in the 800 block of Market Street.

  • Should I bring a chair?

    You are welcome to set up a perch along the course or feel free to grab some food at one of the many course cafes; Ernest and Scott, DiMaio’s, Merchant Bar, World Café Live, Uschey Deli, Chelsea Tavern, or Cavanaugh’s.

  • If I buy a beer at an outdoor café do I need to stay on their property to finish it?

    No, the WGP is the only Downtown event that carries a license that allows you to drink your beer anywhere along course footprint.

  • Are the racers all local?

    No, the racers are the best at their sport and last year they came from 11 countries and 30 states to compete in the WGP. Like NASCAR, the WGP is part of a national cycling calendar. The Wilmington Grand Prix has been on USA Cycling’s (USAC) national calendar for 10 years and its figure-eight course is considered one of the most challenging on the national circuit.

  • Is the event rain or shine?

    Yes, the show goes on so long as we are not experiencing a thunderstorm.