We always like to say “come ready for adventure” aka when given lemons you make lemonade (or in our case snowcones). There are many moving parts to a ride like this and some of them we have zero control over. Like when you get pounded with two years worth of winter in two weeks. As we currently sit at two weeks out from Gran Fondo Ephrata we have parts of both courses impassible and under 4-6′ of snow. There’s also roads that are “passable” but not necessarily ridable. So what is the answer to all of this? Postpone? (Highly unlikely) Cancel? (Even more unlikely) Roll with it and make the best of it because gravel riding folk aren’t exactly ones to shy away from a little adversity? We’re liking that option. The 2019 edition of GFE will probably not look like any other one we’ve had. We even have a special issue GFE tshirt to commemorate (commiserate?) the whole spectacle. In the end we’re in this together and we think that together it will be awesome! Stay tuned, and come ready for adventure!!!
EDIT: A lot can change in two weeks and we have a number of course options available, but if I were to take a guess right now I would say it’s looking like a Palisades out and back (which is currently clear of snow). That would land us approx 75 miles with 3500′ of climbing. We will edit as conditions permit.