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Rider’s Guide

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WHEN IS THE JENSIE GRAN FONDO OF MARIN? Saturday, September 28, 2019

WHO CAN RIDE? Anyone who enjoys road cycling regularly will enjoy The Jensie Gran Fondo of Marin. We have designed our routes so riders of all abilities can have a great and memorable experience. There will be regular rest stops and on course mechanical support, so you can ride comfortably knowing assistance, should you need it, is not far away. For security purposes, please note that participants under 14 will need to be accompanied by a legal guardian.

WHAT DO I GET? You can expect an awesome and memorable day with Jens Voigt, arguably the most fun guy in pro cycling. You’ll be treated to a Pro Tour level experience with on course neutral support. You’ll ride along the world-class roads of Marin County, with notable views of Alpine Dam, Mount Tam, Stinson Beach, Bolinas, Point Reyes and Tomales Bay. We’ll keep you fueled with fully staffed and stocked service stops. At the finish, you will enjoy the Finisher’s Village where you will be treated to a recovery meal, music and an ice cold local brew.

ARE THERE EARLY BIRD SAVINGS? Yes, for the 2019 edition of the Jensie Gran Fondo, you can save INSTANTLY by inviting your friends to ride with you. Savings can be applied to Regular and VIP registrations. And the earlier in the cycle you register and invite your friends, the more you can save. It’s that simple! Learn more here. March 1 – July 31: Refer friends and save 10% August 1 until online reg closes: Refer friends and save 5%

HOW MANY REST STOPS CAN I EXPECT? Dependent on route, riders can count on 2-5 fully stocked rest stops.

CAN I RENT A BIKE? Yes, we will have options for bike rentals in 2019 and will be posting those options soon.

CAN I SHIP MY BIKE? Yes, we have partnered with Bike Flights to help riders easily ship their bikes for The Jensie Gran Fondo of Marin. Save the hassle of flying with your bike and use to ship your bike and gear to Marin County and back and save time and money. offers convenient, reliable and affordable shipping. With’s Best Way Guarantee, you are guaranteed the best price and that your bike will arrive on schedule, and you get great customer support from fellow cyclists. Find rates and set up your shipping now. Visit our customized Bikeflights.compage for more information.

DO I NEED TO CREATE AN EVENTS.COM ACCOUNT TO REGISTER? No, you do not need an account to register online. Simply choose to continue without logging in and you will be able to register as a guest. Online registration closes Friday, Sept. 28 at 8:00 a.m. Pacific. On-site registration will be available at Stafford Lake Park on Saturday morning.

I PLAN ON RIDING A TANDEM, DO WE BOTH NEED TO REGISTER? Yes. All participants must register.

ARE THERE REFUNDS OR DEFERRALS? We are not able to offer refunds, but you are welcome to transfer or defer your entry to 2020 and there will be a fee of $25. 

Deferrals must be completed online by midnight pst on Sunday, September 23rd.

CAN I CHANGE MY ROUTE? Yes, you can absolutely change your registration to another route. To change your route, please follow the steps outlined below: 1. Login to (be sure to use the email address you registered with) 2. Once logged in, select ‘MY EVENTS’ from the drop down menu next to your name 3. Locate the ‘The Jensie Gran Fondo’ record 4. Select ‘Manage Event’ 5. Locate the registration you wish to edit. Select ‘Manage Registration’ then ‘Change Registration’ 6. Select the new route 7. Complete the form questions (*note: if you purchased a parking pass, be sure to select again so it carries over to your new registration) 8. If you are moving to a higher priced route, you will be required to pay the difference in price 9. Click ‘Submit Order’, your original registration will be canceled and you will receive a new confirmation email for the new route

CAN I TRANSFER MY REGISTRATION? Yes, you may transfer your registration to another rider. To transfer your registration, please follow the steps outlined below: 1. Login to (be sure to use the email address you registered with) 2. Once logged in, select ‘MY EVENTS’ from the drop down menu next to your name 3. Locate the ‘The Jensie Gran Fondo’ record 4. Select ‘Manage Event’ 5. Locate the registration you wish to edit. Select ‘Manage Registration’ then ‘Transfer Registration’ 6. Enter the email address for the rider you would like to claim your spot. 7. Click ‘Send transfer’ 8. You will see that your registration now shows a status of ‘Pending Transfer’ *Please note: the rider accepting your spot will be required to pay a $10 transfer admin fee. If you wish to exchange money for your registration, that must be handled directly and offline. Step by step instructions can be viewed HERE

CAN I DEFER MY REGISTRATION? Yes, you can defer your entry to 2019 using this online tool.

WHAT HAPPENS IF WHILE RIDING I WANT TO RIDE A DIFFERENT ROUTE? You are more than welcome to opt for a shorter route without penalty. We have invested significantly in this event to ensure your safety and enjoyment, and are unfortunately unable to allow you to ride a longer route without officially transferring with our registration team. Help us to keep this this event safe and growing each year by signing up for the distance you plan to ride. All bibs will be color coded based on route and will be enforced at each rest stop. If we find you cheating the system, Jens just might chase you down and exclude you from future events!

WHAT’S PACKET PICKUP? Packet pickup is when you are able to officially claim your rider packet and goody bag. We require that each person sign a waiver to claim their packet.

PACKET PICKUP DATES & LOCATIONS*: For information on packet pickup will be posted soon.

CAN I PICK UP A PACKET FOR A FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER? It is strongly recommended each rider pick-up their own packet so they can sign their waiver directly. For our out-of-towners or those unable to make it, we can allow exceptions. Please email us at for information and instructions on next steps.

WHAT TIME DOES THE RIDE START? Ride start time will be PROMPTLY AT 8:00AM, If driving, we recommend arriving EARLY to ensure sufficient time to park and unload your gear before event start.

WILL MY RIDE BE TIMED? Riders will be provided with a timing chip that attaches to your bike. For 2019, The Jensie Gran Fondo will feature timed segment racing. There will be 1-3 timed segments on course, depending on the route you choose. Your combined time through timed segments will determine your competitive ranking at the end of the event. The event is not timed start-to-finish, but riders must cross the finish line for segment times to be counted. Prizes will be awarded to overall and age-group winners. We caution you to practice prudent and legal riding throughout the day. All rules of the road must be followed at all times. Any illegal riding, i.e. crossing the yellow line, not stopping at stop signs (should CHP require a stop) will result in disqualification and your time will not count.

HOW SLOW CAN I GO? All riders should have plenty of time to ride at a comfortable pace. The course and expo will close at 5pm. At this time on-course support and timing will conclude. It is very important that each rider choose a course distance that is right for them.

WHY IS THERE A COURSE CUTOFF TIME? It’s all about your safety! It is our responsible that you have a safe and enjoyable ride — within daylight hours. The time cut off allows us to adequately staff the route with volunteers and law enforcement teams. It also allows us to make sure no one gets left out on the course against their wishes.

WHAT TYPE OF BIKE MAY I RIDE IN THE GRAN FONDO? We encourage everyone to ride a road specific bike. Mountain bikes, tandems and two-wheeled recumbents will also be permitted. Due to the technical nature of the course and to ensure the safety of all riders, time trial bikes, bikes with clip on aero bars are strongly discouraged. If you elect to ride a time trial styled bike, for the safety of all riders, riding in aero position will not be permitted at any time. Bikes with trailers and/or attached youth seats will not be permitted. Trail-a-bikes will however be allowed — yaay!

WHAT HAPPENS IF IT RAINS DURING THE JENSIE GRANFONDO? Shut up rain! We will ride rain or shine. We do ask that you please be considerate to others and make sure you ride responsibly should we experience inclement conditions. Please also make sure you bring appropriate wet weather clothing — just in case.

HOW CAN I PURCHASE JENSIE SWAG? Jensie swag is available for purchase when you register online at Already registered? No problem, you can also purchase merchandise directly from the Jensie Gran Fondo website here:

I RECEIVED MY JENSIE MERCHANDISE BUT NEED A DIFFERENT SIZE. WHAT DO I DO? Jensie merchandise can be exchanged for another size during packet pick-up hours. Please bring your unworn items to the ‘Merchandise Sales’ tent onsite at packet pick-up to request the exchange. (Note: we will only able to process requests for size changes and will be based on availability)

ARE HEADPHONES, iPODS or MP3 PLAYERS PERMITTED? To ensure rider safety on course, we ask that you not ride with any headphones or personal music devices.

WHERE CAN I PARK ON EVENT DAY? Limited parking will be available. Parking passes can be purchased during registration for $20. Parking passes will also be available onsite at the venue for $20. There will be limited spots available, it is recommended you purchase passes in advance. Founders Club riders will receive complementary VIP parking passes with registration. It is highly encouraged that you carpool as parking in both locations will be limited.

CAN I BRING MY DOG TO STAFFORD LAKE PARK? Dogs or other pets are not permitted at Stafford Lake Park. Please plan accordingly.

WHAT IF I AM SEPARATED OR LOSE TRACK OF MY FRIENDS/FAMILY DURING THE TOUR? Make a plan in advance with your friends/family in case you get split up. Rest areas are a great place to meet up with friends and re-group.

Still have questions? Email us at

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Start Information

Ride Start 8:00am Staging begins at 7:15am to 7:50am Stafford Lake Park opens at 6:00am The ride start and venue Expo is located at Stafford Lake Park. The address is as follows: Stafford Lake Park 3549 Novato Blvd Novato, CA 94947

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Stafford Lake Expo

STAFFORD LAKE IS THE START AND FINISH POINT OF THE JENSIE The Jensie Gran Fondo has been designed to be a extraordinary day in Marin County, with a focus on enjoying the best of Marin with Jens Voigt and our respected event partners. At the conclusion of the event, “suffering” the Jensie way, we will have prepared a “village” environment for you to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Taking an hour or two to relax and recover is a part of any cycling event’s tradition. You’ll find a wide range of foods available from some of the best vendors in Marin County. You’ll also find a glass of something cool and refreshing to wash it down with, whilst you sit in the shade, soak in the atmosphere and enjoy the moment. For those of you who have come along with the family, we’ve arranged for our friends at Stafford Lakes Park to offer some fun activities which will keep them engaged and occupied, and wishing their parents had not ridden the course quite so fast. This includes the new bike park that any non-Jensie riders can enjoy! More event-specific details about the expo area will be sent via email prior to the event. Vendors and merchants wishing to be part of The Jensie Gran Fondo can sign up here: VENDOR APPLICATION Please also feel free to email us with any questions you may have: We will get back to you right away about the prospects of getting you involved in this great event.

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Road Information

For Riders: The Jensie Gran Fondo of Marin will be held on open roads. Riders will have marshals through out the course and CHP support at all main intersections. It is imperative (and required by law) that you stay on the right-hand side of the road and ride single file throughout the entire event.

For Local Community: There will be a single-lane rolling closure for the first 8-miles of the course. Please expect delays from 7:30am to 8:30am in the following areas:
-On Novato Blvd from Stafford Lake Park to Point Reyes Petaluma Road
-On Point Reyes Petaluma Road from Novato Blvd to Nicasio Valley Road

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Four Points by Sheraton San Rafael
1010 Northgate Dr, San Rafael, CA 94903 866.573.4235
Distance from Stafford Lake Park — 14.9 miles

Acqua Hotel
555 Redwood Hwy, Mill Valley, CA 415. 380.0400
Distance from Stafford Lake Park — 23.0 miles

Mill Valley Inn
165 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 415.389.6608
Distance from Stafford Lake Park — 23.7 miles

Holiday Inn Express, Mill Valley
160 Shoreline Highway, Mill Valley, CA 415.332.5700
Distance from Stafford Lake Park — 23.7 miles

The Lodge at Tiburon
1651 Tiburon Blvd. Tiburon, CA 94920 866.538.0192
Distance from Stafford Lake Park — 25.9

Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa
801 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 866.925.4218
Distance from Stafford Lake Park — 26.1 miles

Cavallo Point
601 Murray Circle, Fort Baker, CA 866.538.6315
Distance from Stafford Lake Park — 28.2 miles

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Contact Us

If you have any questions or need help with registration you can reach us at