Gran Fondo Winthrop
August 4, 2013
The Gran Fondo is a celebrated tradition in Italian cycling culture. A Gran Fondo is a long distance cycling event, that while – not a race – is timed to provide some recognition to the top finishers. Gran Fondo Winthrop will take you deep into the North Cascades and dish out nearly 10.000′ of climbing!
August 4, 2013
Meet: The Barn
Start time: 8:00 am
Length: 80 miles
Note: Registration opens Friday February 8th and closes August 2nd. It is limited to 200 and is pre-registration only. This event will fill up, don’t delay
What you get: You will receive a super cool limited edition Gran Fondo Winthrop souvenir, a well thought out, and well marked course to ride, a well stocked aid station to refuel at mid ride, and a meal to refuel post ride. 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 mountainous, out of the way parts of North Central Washington. In the spirit of remote and rustic Washington, much of the route is primitive Forest Service roads. There will be at least one well stocked aid station at approx. the half way point as well as a few sag wagons for additional assistance.
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. Personally I would use a cx bike with some beefy road tires. There will be LOTS of climbing so plan accordingly. There will be a few sag wagons and an aid station, but it’s a good idea to be somewhat self sufficient. Weather is always something to consider with this type of ride. It will likely be hot, but high in the mountains anything can happen. Bring on the adventure baby!