What a day in Goldendale! Love that course! Not to mention the great weather and all around fun times with rad people. Congrats to all finishers, solid day in the saddle! Photos coming soon to facebook. Shout out to all of the awesome humans that volunteer there time and efforts to make these events happen!!!
Gran Fondo Goldendale is 90 or 45 miles of non stop epic views and rolling terrain on the edge of arid central wa and the rugged, snow capped cascade mountains. This ride will leave you breathless!
Please Note: Events will look different this year. We are working hard to make these safe and fun, and appreciate your patience and willingness to roll with the changes. Masks are required at all times other than when on the bike. Wave starts of 25 riders every 10 min. Pre-packaged/contactless aid station. No post ride meal. Please do not come if you are sick or have been around anyone who is.
April 25, 2021
Meet: Goldendale High School
Start time: Grande: 8:00-9:30 am, Medio: 9:40-10:30 am
Distance: 90 miles (25 gravel) 6300′ climbing
45 miles (20 gravel) 2200′ climbing
Price: 90 miles – $70
45 miles – $60
Disclaimer: This ride is HARD and is intended for experienced cyclists only.
What you get: You will receive a super cool limited Gran Fondo Goldendale souvenir, a well thought out, and well marked course to ride, and an aid station to refuel at mid ride. We will also post the times of all finishers for bragging rights.
GFG 45 The 45 mile course captures all of the awesomeness of it’s big bro in a handy bite size package. Epic views of Mt Adams, a rough and rowdy wind farm tour, and some of Klickitat’s finest gravel.
GFG 90 90 miles with 6300′ of climbing. You will be on approx 25 miles worth of gravel. Not as much as in GF Ephrata, but not as nice of gravel as Ephrata either. Think bigger rock and rougher, most notably on Cameron Rd, Rattlesnake Rd, and Dalles Mtn Rd, most of the rest roll reasonably well.
Gear: With so many variable course conditions it is hard to say what’s right or wrong. Gravel, road, cx, or mtb, any one will work, but all will have a disadvantage at some point. Jake Maedke would run a Cannondale Synapse on Donnelly Strada USH 700×32. Not the perfect setup for 100% of the course, but a good middle ground. There will be lots of climbing so plan accordingly. There will a contactless/pre-packaged aid station to refuel at mid ride, but it is always a good idea to be as self sufficient as possible. Weather is always something to consider this time of year. We’d love to say it’s going to be sunny and 65 degrees, but it could just as easily be windy or rainy or both. Bring on the adventure baby!
Bottom Line: Goldendale may just be the perfect middle ground at 90 miles, 6300′, 25 gravel, bridging the gap between Ephrata and Leavenworth. This is a beautiful ride on rolling terrain, just on the edge of dry land wheat and big mountains, but not too much of either.
While in Goldendale check out a few of our faves, be sure to tell them your in town for the Gran Fondo.
The Dirty Cowgirl BBQ
Ayulta – Mexican food
Townhouse Cafe – breakfast/lunch