Located in the heart of the Washington Cascades, Gran Fondo Leavenworth is the perfect mix of pavement, Forest Service roads, and mega mountain passes!
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.
June 6, 2021
Meet: Peshastin/Dryden Elementary School
Start time: Grande: 8:00-9:30 am, Medio: 9:40-10:30 am
Length: Grande: 80 miles (34 gravel), 7300′ climbing
Medio: 40 miles (14 gravel) 3400′ climbing
Price: Grande: $75 Medio: $65
Note: Registration is limited and fills up FAST, be ready!
Warning! This ride is HARD and is intended for experienced cyclists. There will be over 7300′ of climbing (which is a lot!), much of which is on rough Forest Service roads. It will likely be HOT as well.
Time Limits: Grande riders should make it to the Entiat aid station (mile 38.9) in four and a half hours. If you fail to make it in that time you are probably in over your head and should get a ride back. If you are concerned about making the time cut off be prepared with your own support. Scoring closes at 5:00 pm.
What you get: You will receive a super cool limited Gran Fondo Leavenworth souvenir, a well thought out, and well marked course to ride, an aid station to refuel at mid ride. We will also post the times of all finishers for bragging rights.
Grande Course: Course is designed to give riders a glimpse of some very rugged, out of the way parts of the central Washington Cascades. In the spirit of rustic central Washington, much of the route is primitive Forest Service roads. There will be a water station at the junction of Mad River Road (approx mile 26.5), an contactless/pre-packaged aid station at Abby Dabby park in Entiat (approx mile 38.9) and one more water station near the top of Swakane (approx mile 57.7 It is highly recommended to make use of each aid station -even if you may think you don’t need it.
Medio Course: Reminder, Medio does no stand for mediocre. This course is the real deal, big climb to get things going, with an aid station at the top at approximately mile 17. There will be some nice rolling gravel up on top then gradually get chunkier and faster as you descend.
Gear: With so many variable course conditions it is hard to say what’s right or wrong. Gravel, cx, or mtb, any one will work, but all will have a disadvantage at some point. I’m running Donnelly MSO 40’s (bigger the better at GFL). Hydro disc brakes are also very nice to have! There will be LOTS of climbing so low gearing is nice. There will be a few sag wagons and aid stations, but it’s good practice to be as self sufficient as possible on these types of rides. Weather is always something to consider too. It will likely be hot, but high in the mountains anything can happen. Bring on the adventure baby!