Writer\u00a0 \/\u00a0 Beth Taylor Changing it up from last year\u2019s Geist route, this year\u2019s Rollfast Gran Fondo ride will take place in Carmel on September 14. Whether a weekend enthusiast or a seasoned competitor, any cyclist who is at least 12 years old can participate in this fun, mass-start ride. \u201cEveryone rolls out together, but it\u2019s not a race,\u201d said event organizer Matt Tanner. He explains the ride is for Lycra- and cargo-short-wearing participants alike. \u201cIf you can ride around your neighborhood a few times, you can handle this ride.\u201d The three routes start near Union Brewing Company, go past Cicero, west toward Lebanon, and south through Zionsville. Beginning at 8 a.m. and ending at 5 p.m., the routes are clearly marked, and course marshals are on hand to provide assistance. \u201cWe\u2019ve provided three supported routes: the Piccolo, a 25-mile route, the Medio, which is the 65-mile route, and the Gran\u2014the longest\u2014at 100 miles,\u201d said Tanner. \u201cThis year, we have more rest stops to provide support for riders,\u201d said Tanner. \u201cThe Medio and the Gran have six stops, and the piccolo has four.\u201d The last stop is a sweet stop five miles from the finish for an extra boost of energy to help riders cross the finish line. Cyclists can challenge themselves to complete the race in a certain amount of time. Each cyclist receives an entry number to attach to his or her handlebars. A microchip is located on the underside of the number. When the rider passes the start line, the ride time begins; when the rider crosses the finish line, it stops. Rider times,\u00a0information and entry fee schedule are at rollfastfondo.com. \u201cLast year\u2019s event drew participants from all over Indiana and neighboring states\u2014a few came from London. We had about 300 cyclists participate last year, and we\u2019re hoping to grow to around 500,\u201d Tanner said. Choosing the VIP entry option gets you extra pampering on the day of the event. VIPs receive reserved parking, VIP tent access, and unlimited food and drinks for the day. Three top professional cyclists, George Hincapie, Christian Vande Velde, and Tom Danielson are scheduled to appear at the event. Following the ride, cyclists and families can participate in the free festival. The Union Brewing Company is adding to the fun atmosphere by giving each participant a free beer or soft drink.