Presented by Taco Time Cycling
2022 GFL is in the books! And the debate rages on, what is more heinous, Swakane, or the return climb back up 5800. Either way, super solid day, and so stoked to see all of our finishers crushing both Medio and Grande courses! Results are up, and check out the awesome pictures from Mark Alan Photography! Big thanks to Taco Time Cycling for supporting GFL, and of course all of our amazing volunteer who make the magic happen!
Update May 27: It’s official, Swakane is out! It’s for the best, believe us! Check out the updated Grande Course. Otherwise we are good to go, see you there!
Update May 24: Wild spring weather has the 2022 edition of GFL looking a little extra adventurous. There will be some snow on top of French Corral (aka FS 5800). At this point it does not look like we will be running Swakane due to muddy impassible conditions. We will be monitoring, but it doesn’t look good.
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: 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.
May 29, 2022
Meet: Peshastin/Dryden Elementary School
Start time: Grande: 8:00 am, Medio: 10:00 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, and 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. A good starting point, durable tires that are in the neighborhood of 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!