A beautiful spring morning greeted over 100 riders who tackled the three courses of the 2016 Joe Martin Gran Fondo. I ended up doing the 106 mile course and it did not disappoint. I can’t remember the last time I rode over 100 miles. Most of my long rides these days are about 70 miles and those are far and few between. The route alone was worth participation. It has a mix of long flat sections and then some super fun twisty turny stuff with a couple longer sustained climbs. About 6,000 feet gain. All in all it was great to be on the bike and meet some new folks. I highly recommend you put this event on your calendar next year if you missed it this year. I would also highly recommend you try the 106 mile course! A great route.
Super chill start.
The group stayed together for the first hour to the base of Mt. Gaylor.
About 4 miles, stair-stepping up 330 feet.
The mountain would have it’s way with the bunch.
A group of 5 would form a selection.
After departing highway 71 heading west we got into the fun stuff. Mile after mile of twisty-turny Ozark goodness.
A welcomed sight. Aid stations every 20 miles.
The oranges hit the spot!
Highway 59 is a great stretch of road. Some busy sections but as we headed north we saw less cars.
Tons of this.
Randy J from Tulsa is training for the Race Across America RAAM team race and did a ton of work.
What a day!
Our little group worked well together. We ended up covering the distance in about 5 hours with 20+ mph average.
All useful stuff in the swag bag!
See you next year!
Total climbing: 8122 ft
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