GFE 2019 Riders Note

Cold Pavement
2019 GFE

Gran Fondo Ephrata Update:
Welcome to the 2019 edition of Gran Fondo Ephrata, one that is sure to go down it the history books! Over the years we’ve been through a lot here at GFE, sleet, wind, rain, but nothing quite like the winter we’ve just had/still having. Good news! The end is in sight! It is supposed to be warming up all week, with a high of 47 on Sunday. With that however, comes the thawing mess that has turned every one of our gravel roads into a quagmire. Fear not though, we have two all pavement rides that are clear of snow and just so happen to be pretty rad (pending permit approval). That’s right, these are our local go-to rides that we are actually pretty stoked to share with you.

2019 GFE Grande: 78.6 miles, 5296′ This route is a Vicious Cycle winter classic, it has epic scenery through Moses Coulee with an endless wheat land roller coaster on Whitehall Rd, and a lap on our 17 mile medio circuit to finish it proper.
2019 GFE Medio: 34 miles, 2450′ This hilly 17 mile circuit is our local favorite, that is often our Monday night group ride. Medio riders will do two 17 mile laps.

We realize this is not what everyone was expecting, us either, what little gravel is not buried in snow, is such a deep, muddy mess it’s unrideable (don’t ask how we know). You’ll thank us, as will your equipment. These rides are all about adapting, and rolling with what you get, whether it’s three feet of snow, rain all day, scorching heat, freshly graded roads, cattle drives… etc. In the end we’re in this together and we think that together it will be awesome! We appreciate you rolling with us, and look forward to seeing you all this Sunday in Ephrata for a very memorable edition of Gran Fondo Ephrata.

Weekend Details:
Vicious Cycle Gran Fondo Series p/b NW Tri & Bike is finally here and we can’t wait to kick things off with Gran Fondo Ephrata this Sunday. We’ll have early check in available Saturday evening at the Pita Pit from 7:00-8:00 pm. The ride begins at the Ephrata High School Performing Arts Center. Check in will be inside the PAC from 7:00-8:30 am where you’ll need to sign the waiver and pick up your number if you haven’t already. Grande ride starts at 9 am, Medio starts at 10:00. It is important that you start in the correct group. It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the course (above). Better yet upload it to your device! Come prepared and ready for adventure. The weather is looking good but there is no telling with the crazy winter we’ve had. On course support is limited. Timing closes at 5:00 pm. Live results can be found on Webscorer. Please join us after the ride at the Ephrata Recreation Center for post ride meal. Need more gravel? Goldendale, Leavenworth, Ellensburg, and Winthrop, have your vitamin G fix.

While you’re in town here’s a couple of our favorites:
The Bookery -Coffee, breakfast, lunch
Pita Pit -Lunch
Uggieboo Bistro -Beer, food
12 Hawks -Beer, food –
Tequillas -Mexican food
Sleep – Best Western
Camping – Oasis Park
Tell them your in town for Gran Fondo!

Thank you for your entry into the 2019 Gran Fondo Ephrata, we really appreciate you rolling with us, see you Sunday!

Jake, Karen and crew

20 thoughts on “GFE 2019 Riders Note

    1. Good Question! I’d still ride my gravel bike, because gravel bikes are cooler than road bikes. There is some rougher chip seal and expansion cracks in places, but a road bike would do just fine too.

  1. Any chance you could post the GPS file in a different format? I don’t have a paid Ridewithgps account, so it won’t let me download it.

    1. Shouldn’t need a paid account to download rides, I don’t have one either. Click the “more” button, then “export as file”. You can choose what format you want, then if your using a Garmin drag it to your “new files” folder.

  2. Course looks great – looking forward it!
    With the weather we’ve had recently, I’m just thankful to be able to see pavement.

  3. Jake, you might want to take the ‘normal’ courses off the main GFE page. Otherwise people might still think we’re doing that loop (if they don’t check this page).

  4. I just pulled my GFE t shirt out of the laundry and really looked at it for the first time. Super cool graphic with the snowflake. Thanks.

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