In January, my dad mentioned he wanted to come down from Oregon to do GranFondo. I was apprehensive when I saw 7500+ riders but somehow I was talked into it. MFR, my dad and I all signed up for the Medio Route - 62 miles (there are options for 30, 62 & 102).
|MFR ready to ride|
Although the day did not go quite as planned, my faith in cycling events is restored. Even with 7500 riders, I was never nervous. Everyone there was a serious cyclist with good bike handling skills so nobody was stopping in the middle of the road or signaling right and then turning left etc... The scenery cannot be beat, you get everything from ocean cliffs (with lots of sea life sightings), to covered forests to gorgeous views of the Russian River. I met two women a the first pit stop who come all the way from Whistler every year for this event. They said they had done rides all over the country and this was their favorite by far.
|The view was not to shabby.|
|Not a hill - a mountain.|
|Looking back at the first part of the climb|
|My dads bike being put in a cop car by the incredible volunteers who went above and beyond to ensure his safety.|
|Swag bag and Camelbak water bottle|
|MFR & dad - Finish Festival.|
|Free beer and awkward chest hair? Nailed it.|
With Ragnar Vegas Ultra, where I have to run 36 miles (13, 13, 10,) only 3.5 weeks away, should I marathon poorly but get in good tough mileage or try to run a good strong half? Thoughts?