Gran Fondo Ephrata
March 16, 2014
Ephrata High School
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 16, 2014
Meet: Ephrata High School.
Start time: 9:00 am
Length: 80 miles
Registration: FULL Contact us to get on waiting list. And get signed up for Goldendale, Leavenworth, and Winthrop before they fill up too.
Note: Registration opens Saturday Feb 1st and closes March 13th. This event is limited to 200 and is pre-registration only.
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. Approximately 30 of the 80 mile 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 have been running a tubeless 700×28 Hutchinson Sector on my carbon Trek Cronus CX and loving it. 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!