Gran Fondo Ephrata

March 16, 2014

Ephrata High School

Ephrata, Washington


Gran Fondo Ephrata

Gran Fondo Ephrata

THANK YOU all for a great time today!  Results are up and there’s a ton of photos over on Facebook!  Brian Ecker crushed the course record (4:11) with a time of 3:57, and Travis Monroe was our KOM.


Update:  We will be doing an early check in at Basin Street Bistro Saturday evening from 7:30-9:00 pm.  This is a good opportunity to avoid the Sunday morning rush.  The ride begins at the Ephrata High School Performing Arts Center. Check in will be inside the PAC from 6:30-8:30 am. where you’ll need to sign the waiver and pick up your number (unless you already did).  You will have the opportunity to leave a drop bag that goes to the aid station. Ride starts at 9 am. Check out the course here. Better yet upload it to your device! Come prepared and ready for adventure. We are here to make this awesome, but will not be out there babysitting. On course support is limited. Timing closes at 5:00 pm. Please join us after the ride at the Ephrata Recreation Center for post ride meal. AND, don’t forget, your chance to get some more gravel, Goldendale, Leavenworth, and Winthrop, get signed up early!

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 (30 gravel) 5000′ climbing

Price: $65

Registration:  FULL  Contact us to get on waiting list.  And get signed up for Goldendale, Leavenworth, and Winthrop before they fill up too.

Note: This event is limited to 200 and is pre-registration only.  This is a HARD ride and is intended for experienced cyclists only.

Course map

KOM Challenge:  There will be two King Of the Mountain challenges: Norton Canyon Climb, and Three Devils.  To be eligible you must upload your ride to Strava within 24 hrs of the ride.  This is just for fun, remember, this is not a race and you stand nothing to gain by winning the KOM.  Other than the undying respect and adoration of your peers.

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 that will leave you hooked on gravel, 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.  There is 5000′ of climbing and 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 gear 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!

Special thanks to:
Basin St Bistro for early reg
City of Ephrata for taking this
Ephrata Police Dept for escort
Ephrata Pita Pit for aid station support
And to all of our awesome volunteers THANK YOU!!!


Gran Fondo Ephrata is a City of Ephrata event.  City of Ephrata logo


Tentative 2015 Vicious Cycle Events:

  • March 15 – Gran Fondo Ephrata
  • March 28 – FTR Beezley Burn
  • April 12 – Gran Fondo Goldendale
  • April 25 – FTR Beacon and Legs
  • May 16 – Roslyn Rush
  • May 31 – Gran Fondo Leavenworth
  • June 6 – Bike and Brews
  • June 20 - Gran Fondo Ellensburg
  • June 27 – FTR White River Remix
  • Sept 27 – Gran Fondo Winthrop