|Gran Fondo - taking it up a notch|
We've already talked about all that - however - we get the double treat of having Sunday line up with the Santa Fe Century, the largest single-day cycling event in the state. The Century brings out something like 4,500 riders, a huge event. It's a must do if you have the day open, which I do not this year but I thought I'd discuss it all just the same.
Several of the local roadies and team-clubs have cobbled together the inaugural Gran Fondo de Santa Fe to run in tandem with this year's Century. The idea is to trial some racing at the front of the pack, and get an official clock on a few of the hard driving pelotons that you sometimes see out there. Great fun for those who want to see what it's like to be pulled along in a driving race pack, and unless you have friends to exchange pulls with and otherwise know what you're doing you may have the experience of getting blasted out the back into no-man's land. The extra charge is $10 which brings the whopping event fee total to $35. The $25 rider fee for the Century alone is probably the best event deal around.
Gran Fondo riders will have access to aid stations and other Century support. Riders are set to start at 630am sharp ahead of the other non-drafting, wheel pulling/sucking, attack-and-counter-attacking pack of 4,500 riders.
Update: Gran Fondo results are up, and can be found here.
- Santa Fe Century Ride Report (2011)
- Area Road Biking Routes
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