Around 120 riders were greeted with beautiful spring weather this past Saturday for the Joe Martin Gran Fondo. I was really excited to ride this route again and get some much needed big miles. I always say, bicycle rides are like a mini-adventures and long rides leave a lot more room for the unexpected. It was great to ride with local friends, some I haven’t seen in awhile. It was also great to meet new folks along the route.
A chilly start. About 35 riders attempted the long course.
The sun came up quick to warm us up.
The adventure begins. My front hub cracked out around mile 17 in Lincoln. I thought the day was done…
Then I remembered my friend Nathan H who lives in Lincoln. He was able to run me a new front wheel! Big shout-out to you Nate! I owe you big time.
I rolled solo for the next 30 miles. It was fun because I settled into steady tempo mode and made it a game, spinning the hills just a touch easier then back to tempo. The wind was stiff on 59!
I did manage to catch part of the group at the aid station in Rudy. I was just happy to see some people!
Mt. Gaylor at about mile 75 has a totally different vibe. The last hour was tough even with a tailwind. After coming down the mountain all I could think about was this gyro sandwich and a cold beverage. Let’s Eat! The JMGF finisher medal is a sweet bell for the races!
JMGF Part 1
Total climbing: 958 ft
JMGF Part 2
Total climbing: 5174 ft