Gran Fondo Ephrata
March 10, 2013
Ephrata High School
Thank you to all that came out for Gran Fondo Ephrata, what a ride! And after last year, the weather seemed pretty dang good. I still have to say that the Three Devils, despite being so evil, are amazing! And if you think that was good just wait for Gran Fondo Leavenworth and Winthrop. We’re just getting started!
Update – A couple of us rode the course last weekend and it’s in great shape. We came across a little leftover snow on top of Norton Canyon which will be gone soon. Baird Springs Rd was fast, smooth and relatively rock free. I was on 700×23 tires and with a little finesse did just fine. The gravel got a little deep after the tunnel and of course the section of old highway was sandy and rough. Three Devils still hurt, but was in good shape. This year is shaping up to be way too good for what Gran Fondo Ephrata has become famous for!
The Gran Fondo is a celebrated tradition in Italian cycling culture. A Gran Fondo is a long distance cycling event, that while – not a race – is timed to provide some recognition to the top finishers. The Gran Fondo Ephrata course is designed to give riders a glimpse of some very remote, out of the way parts of central Washington.
March 10, 2013
Meet: Ephrata High School.
Start time: 9:00 am
Length: 80 miles
Note: Registration opens Friday February 8th and closes March 8th. It is limited to 200 and is pre-registration only. This event filled up last year so don’t delay.
What you get: You will receive a super cool limited Gran Fondo Ephrata t-shirt, a police escort through town, a well thought out, and well marked course to ride, a well stocked aid station to refuel at mid ride, and a hot meal to refuel post ride. We will also post the times of all finishers for bragging rights.
Route: The course is designed to give riders a glimpse of some very remote, out of the way parts of central Washington. In the spirit of remote and rustic central Washington, much of the route is primitive gravel roads. There will be at least one well stocked aid station at approx. the half way point as well as a few sag wagons for additional assistance.
Gear: With so many variable course conditions it is hard to say what’s right or wrong. Road, cross, or mtb, any one will work, but all will have a disadvantage at some point. Personally I would use a cx bike with some beefy road tires. There will be lots of climbing so plan accordingly. There will be a few sag wagons and an aid station, but it’s a good idea to be somewhat self sufficient. Weather is always something to consider this time of year. I would love to say it’s going to be sunny and 55 degrees, but it could just as easily rain or snow. Bring on the adventure baby!