What Happened?

What Happened?

Of the many events I’ve signed up for in my life, the array isn’t all that vast. They are mostly one-day rides. That’s all the typical event promoter wants to do, for any number of reasons. I’d never really thought to look at all the various multi-day tours, stage races and omnia I had entered over the years, but this past weekend I began to take stock.

Last weekend was the first-ever two-day Grasshopper. Until now, all the Grasshopper Adventure Series races have been single-day crushers. This new flavor, which went from Ukiah to Fort Bragg, and back, up in Mendocino County, was unlike anything else I’ve ever ridden. Period.

The outline: Day 1: 79 miles and 6500 feet of climbing, about a third on dirt. Day 2: 81 miles, 7900 feet of climbing and half dirt. We camped on the beach in Fort Bragg and our dinner and breakfast were prepared for us. All our gear was transported to and from.

I’ve been off the bike more than 36 hours at this point and am so incredibly fatigued, even after two long nights’ sleep, I expect to supplement last night’s 10-hour coma with yet another nap.

It’s possible I might not judge this event so tough if I still had the fitness I enjoyed when I was racing nearly 20 years ago. But I’m not convinced. Despite doing everything I could to take great care of myself, from nailing my hydration to fueling well to saving something for Sunday, I am utterly destroyed. And it was worth it.

I’ll put together a real post on the event this week. Promise.

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  1. Chris Cochrane

    Libby, MT, hosts a two day ‘fondo’ that I did with a friend two years ago. It turned out to be a fairly intimate affair of about 40 riders. We camped in Eugene and we’re served an excellent and abundant catered meal in the high school cafeteria.

    It was well organized, the people were friendly, the roads beautiful, and the cars few. Day 1 nearly killed me but I rallied on day 2 and finished strong(ish).

    1. John Weyhrich

      …and we are very much honored to have you in the ranks of those who’ve participated in Gran Fondo Kootenai, Chris. While our goal is not to “demolish” riders over the course of our two-day affair, we do hope to provide them with a few worthy challenges — including a little-known, sustained climb on Day 2 that is worthy of placement in the Pyrenees or Dolomites — as well as (as you’ve mentioned) to provide them with a scenically beautiful, socially intimate, and virtually car-free riding experience. GFK took a hiatus this year, but we hope to be back in 2019. Our partners in Eureka, Montana (not that other “E-town” in Oregon…) are especially interested in seeing the event flourish. Stay tuned…

    2. Chris Cochrane

      Hi John,

      Of course I meant Eureka, and a wonderful town it was. Taking a dip in the river while listening to a cover band playing at that festival was a highlight. I’ve recommended your event to many of my friends here in Kelowna, British Columbia. I’m glad to hear to hope to host the ride again next year.

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