While we are sad to be missing Gran Fondo Winthrop this year due to wildfire closures, we couldn’t be more excited to share with everyone yet another one of our local gems. Gran Fondo Soap Lake will take you deep into the unknown, offering up views as far as the eye can see, historic settlements, geological wonder, and superb gravel.
Sunday September 19, 2021
Meet: Soap Lake Elementary School
Start time: Grande: 8:00 am Medio: 9:00 am
Distance: Grande: 125.9 miles (63 gravel) 6742′
Medio: 62 miles (30 gravel) 2800′
Price: Grande: $75 Medio: $65
Registration: In an effort to maintain our ability to meet the current state guidelines, registration for all 2021 events will be opening approx 2-3 weeks prior.
Wave Starts: Yes, we’re still doing them, hope to be back to normal next year. Sign up early to lock in your preferred time slot. Timing automatically adjusts for waves, so the “winning” time could come from any wave. The “fast group” wave is for those who anticipate a top 25 time and want to push the pace with like minded riders.
Warning! This a big ride, 125/62 miles, and you will be in the middle of nowhere. Be prepared, know your abilities, and the course.
Grande Course Map: Lots going on here, look at the elevation profile, miles, intersections… it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with it so you know where your at. Even better; you can down load it directly to your device. 125 miles sounds like a lot, and it is, but it’s only 6200′ climbing, and if you’re comparing it to what Winthrop is (90+ miles/12,000+’) it sorta evens out. Aid at mile 40.9 and 85.1. There will be some dry/loose gravel in places, but mostly fast rolling, with minimal chunk.
Medio Course: The medio course will follow rd 20 out of Soap Lake to Wilson Creek, where it will tie into the long course and follow it the rest of the way. Aid at mile 21.1 and approx 42. There will be some dry/loose gravel in places, but mostly fast rolling, with minimal chunk.
What you get: You will receive a super cool limited edition Gran Fondo Soap Lake souvenir, a well thought out, and well marked course to ride, and well stocked aid stations to refuel at. We will also post the times of all finishers for bragging rights.
Route: The courses are designed to give riders a glimpse of some very (VERY) out of the way, remote parts of Central Washington. In the spirit of remote and rustic Washington, much of the route is on gravel farm roads.
Gear: If going fast is your thing, this is a course you could afford to run a racier set up, no big chunky stuff, no crazy long/steep climbs, a 28-32 tire would do the job (tubeless of course). If comfort is your thing a 38-40 should be great plenty to take the edge off and keep you rolling in style. The weather shouldn’t be too crazy, but you never know, keep and eye on it. Even if it’s not hot, a sunny 75 degree day can sneak up on you, drink lots of water, (before and during) and electrolytes.
While in town:
La Cucina Di Sophia -Italian/Brazilian
Mi Cocinita -Mex Grill/Cantina
Del Red -dive bar
Busy Bean -Coffee