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2019 Appleknocker Gran Fondo

October 13, 2019 @ 6:00 am - 5:00 pm

Help Trailnet fulfill its mission by riding in this fall classic. The Appleknocker Gran Fondo is a challenging, timed ride through the pastoral hills and dales of rural Calhoun County, IL; a throwback in time nestled between the great Mississippi and Illinois rivers. Challenge yourself to one of three routes: the 120 mile Gala, the 60 mile Red Delicious or the 30 mile Granny Smith. Registration includes: A one-of-a-kind exclusive t-shirt, fully stocked rest stops each with its own theme, printed and digital maps, expert SAG support and Trailnet Pink marked routes. There are prizes for each finisher and special prizes for each category winner.

There are three routes, each with it’s own starting time. Don’t be late!

  • 7:00 am — the 120 mile Gala
  • 7:15 am — the 60 mile Red Delicious
  • 7:30 am — the 30 mile Granny Smith

We have secured exclusive lodging at Pere Marquette Park in our own private group camp. Reserve your spot in registration.

Can’t participate in Appleknocker 2019? Volunteer with us! Trailnet is looking for great people to help out at this great fall ride. Volunteers have the choice of helping out at one of our many rest stops along route, at registration, or tearing down afterward. As an added bonus, all volunteers will get an Appleknocker t-shirt and entrance into the amazing after party!

Sign up to volunteer here!

Catch up on our Appleknocker email series! See pictures and receive great information on this year’s ride. See past emails here:

The post-ride party includes a carb-rich, nutritious and hearty meal, craft beer, and some rockin’ music.

Be sure to bring the family. During the Fondo, Big Shark is hosting the second cyclocross race of their Bubba Series  at the Appleknocker Start/Finish. Cyclocross racing is super fun event and a great spectator sport. The closed course is a short loop with obstacles that require genuine bike handling skills.

Wait, there’s more! Trailnet is partnering with Big Shark and the Lupus Foundation to present the “MO’ Fondo Series”. Three phenomenal Gran Fondo rides around St. Louis. The first is the Vino Fondo by Big Shark on May 11. The second ride is the Wolf Ride now in Eureka, MO on August 3. The Appleknocker closes out the series. By completing all three Fondos you will be part of an esteemed club and will receive an exclusive pint glass, a victory party after the Appleknocker, discounted entry on next year’s events and recognition on our websites and social media.

Are you up for the challenge? Set a new personal record by completing the MO’ Fondo Series! Click here to join the MO Fondo Facebook group

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October 13, 2019
6:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Trailnet Rides
(314) 828-2196


Pere Marquette State Park
13112 Visitor Center Ln.
Grafton, IL , 62037
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