2022 Gran Fondo Goldendale is in the books, and wow, that was a tough day for sure! Props to all of the finishers, enduring a frigid cold morning with a dusting of fresh snow, and relentless wind, brutal! As well as all of our awesome volunteers who endured the same conditions! See you all in Leavenworth!
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: We are in uncertain times, and things change. We are working hard to have safe and fun events, and appreciate your patience and willingness to roll with the changes.
April 10, 2022
Meet: Goldendale High School
Start time: Grande: 9:00 am, Medio: 10:00 am
Distance: 90 miles (25 gravel) 6300′ climbing
45 miles (20 gravel) 2200′ climbing
Price: 90 miles – $75
45 miles – $65
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 rock his Cannondale Synapse on a 32ish tire (weirdo minimalist). 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 an 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