We could hold this event in June. It would be 80 degrees and beautiful. But that would almost make it enjoyable. Gran Fondo Ephrata was not created for enjoyment. We modeled this after the epic rides of Italy, the brutal spring classics, and a some homegrown mid-west style gravel grinders which are notorious for foul weather and all around misery. “It’s like a train wreck in many ways. You can see the imminent disaster coming from a long ways off, the witnesses can’t look away, and the participants can’t seem to escape it.” -Dennis Grelk 2011 Trans Iowa winner. We would all like it to be easy, but if it were everyone would do it. March 31 weather forecast -PERFECT see you there.