2018 Bookwalter Binge Gran Fondo

Enjoy an unusual opportunity to ride alongside female and male pro cyclists as they celebrate the end of their racing season all over the world and the country. Three routes of varying length traverse some of the most beautiful roads in the Blue Ridge. Jamie & Brent Bookwalter are passionate about protecting the environment, and we are grateful that the Bookwalter Binge Gran Fondo raises funds to support our land conservation work! 

About the Ride:

The Bookwalter Binge Gran Fondo was founded by Brent and Jamie Bookwalter. Brent is a professional cyclist and a nine season member of the BMC Racing Team. The Michigan native is a 9-time Collegiate National Champion and past U23 National Champion. In 2016, he placed third overall in the Tour of California and finished his fourth Tour de France. He represented the USA in both the time trial and the road race in the Rio Olympics.  Brent and his wife Jamie reside in Asheville, NC, when stateside and Girona, Spain, during much of the race season. Jamie is also an artist, capturing wildlife and natural scenery in oil and acrylic.

“Protecting the environment is one of my guiding principles and a core value that runs deep in my family and my work,” she says.

The Bookwalter Binge is a party on two wheels studded with races on timed sections. The ride offers three routes of varying length in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Black Mountain, NC:

  • Gran – 7,400 ft of climbing in 83 miles
  • Medio – 5,500 ft in 62 miles
  • Piccolo – 2,500 ft in 29 miles

Want to be involved but not ready to ride? Join us as a volunteer! All volunteers received a Binge T-shirt and a meal at the Binge Party.

Find out more, register to ride or sign up to volunteer at

Photo credit: Tom & Lubov Byrum of