GFE Preview Ride

With just one week to go before the big ride I tagged along for a “team” ride with VC boys on an abbreviated Gran Fondo Ephrata course.  The idea was to hit the first couple climbs at race pace -even though it’s not a race- (Norton and Baird) then bomb the Baird descent, all the while keeping the group together.  Part way down Baird we turn left toward Quincy and did a Palisades like paceline back to Ephrata.  I feel like the take away lesson from today’s ride was don’t be such a roadie.  Chill out, ride with your friends, and enjoy it, that’s really what it’s all about.

Conditions as of March 7 were good.  Everything is dry, even a little dusty.  Norton was recently graded, but it’s still okay.  Baird is in great shape, places are packed almost like pavement, fingers crossed that it doesn’t get graded between now and then.  The weather was awesome, sunny, 60 degrees, and not much of any wind to speak of.  Forecast is calling for a chance of rain mid week (which would be great for the course), but otherwise warm and dry.

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Norton Canyon is the first climb of GFE and is always a beast.
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A 700X28 tire is a popular choice for GFE. Our fave is the Hutchison Sector tubeless.
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Cresting Baird Springs rd, a good place to sit up and take it all in.
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Baird Springs is fast and hard packed.
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More fast rolling hard packed gravel.

 


Note: Don’t forget to charge your Garmin!

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