What was I thinking?
Tomorrow morning is the start of the inaugural Jeremiah Bishops’ Alpine Gran Fondo here in Harrisonburg, Virginia. When we think of bicycle climbing, we generally think of Colorado or perhaps in the California mountains. But Virginia has some real sleepers and Jeremiah has put together a really challenging ride.
I looked at the course and I didn’t think I could manage the 90.6 mile Gran Fondo (9,982’ of vertical), so I opted for the 75 mile Medio Fondo with only 6,812’ of climbing. The media course map is shown below.
Pre-ride Gala Dinner at Dave’s Taverna
A good 40 riders and city officials gathered at Dave’s Taverna in downtown Harrisonburg for a great dinner and and words of encouragement from Jeremiah.
I wore a KOM jersey to whet everyone’s appetite to hit the timed climbs hard. We will be awarding KOM jerseys to all men and women winners in all USA cycling master’s age groups.
Here I am with Jeremiah and his wife Erin, who has put together a wonderful event. What an organizer and what a great couple.
The final figures aren’t jet in, but it looks like the event will raise approximately $5,000 for prostate cancer awareness.
My riding gear
My Formigli road bike Fast Freddy) is in California so I’m riding my 1988 Serotta Davis Phinney lugged steel frame outfitted with Shimano Ultergra 50/34 and 11-27. I’m thinking I would really like the 11-32 I have on Fast Freddy.
September 23 Photos
You can see the photos from this afternoon and the gala at http://gallery.me.com/roberthess#100141
Just another day in Paradise. Warm regards, Robert