Best known for his mountain bike racing exploits and results, Jeremiah Bishop’s favorite training route in Virginia earned its nickname with glorious mountain top meadows, winding climbs and hillside farms reminiscent of the Austrian, German and Swiss settings where he has competed. His Alpine Loop Gran Fondo begins this Sunday, September 28, for its fourth year.
Now this scenery is the backdrop for one of the most challenging and adventurous big parties in the United States. The route begins in Harrisonburg, Virginia and covers 105 miles featuring over 11,000 feet of climbing and two dirt road climbs. The Gran Fondo also features the 76-mile Shenandoah Mountain Adventure and the 36-mile Valley View Challenge, offering something for every skill level.
Bishop is currently training for a more than 600-mile, unsupported race across South Africa with a $1 Million purse. Known as The Munga, it’s quite possibly the hardest challenge he’s ever faced. Keep up with his training and preparation in The Munga Diaries from our sister magazine, Dirt Rag.