Friday Update: The course is looking good! If the weather forecast holds this is going to the best ever! Note corrected Aid Station mileage: 22.6, 55.5, 74.2. See you all Sunday!
Update: Due to construction at Cascade School in Leavenworth we will be starting at the nearby Peshastin/Dryden Elementary school. This enables us to utilize Derby Canyon, finishing in Peshastin rather than doubling back on Eagle Creek. After previewing we can assure you it is as good if not better than before. See updated course below.
Located in the heart of the Washington Cascades Gran Fondo Leavenworth is the perfect mix of pavement, Forest Service roads, and mega mountain passes (3!)
May 22, 2016
Meet: Peshastin/Dryden Elementary School
Start time: 8:00 am
Length: 87 miles (45 gravel), 9400′ climbing
Note: GFL is limited to 200 and fills up fast.
Warning! This ride is HARD and is intended for experienced cyclists. There will be over 8400′ of climbing (which is A LOT), much of which is on rough Forest Service roads. It will likely be HOT as well.
Time Limits: You must make it to the Entiat aid station (mile 51) by 1:00 pm. If you fail to make the time cut off you are in over your head and we will provide a ride back. Should you choose to not accept a ride from our sag support YOU ARE ON YOU OWN. If you are concerned about making the time cut off be prepared to catch a ride back in our sweep or have 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, a well stocked aid station to refuel at mid ride, and a Bavarian meal to refuel post ride courtesy of Der Hinterhof. 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 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 22), a full aid station with all the staples (pbj, fresh fruit, Clif, etc) at Entiat (approx mile 51) and one more water station near the top of Swakane (approx mile 70) as well as a few sag wagons for additional assistance. It is highly recommended to make use of each aid station -even if you may think you don’t need it.
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. My personal choice was my Trek Cronus CX on Specialized Trigger tubeless tires. There will be LOTS of climbing so plan accordingly. 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!