This was my second attempt at the Gran Fondo New York having first completed the 100 mile (160km) race in 2014. It was my 6th Sportive yet the first one where I had actually gone into the event with a competitive mindset. I was after a decent time rather than being satisfied with just finishing. My goal time was rather ambitious……….but the question is, was it realistic?!
The 2016 Gran Fondo New York is just under a week away. It will be the second time I have done the race, having first completed the course in 2014. That year was just about finishing the race but this year having done a shedload more training I actually want to have a crack and set a decent time. But before I nail my colors to the mast I thought I’d have a closer look at the course to see what a realistic time is. By my current standards anyway.
Europe has Alpe d’Huez, Mont Ventoux and Passo Mortirolo. The US has the Manyunk Wall which is only 800m long but as a central feature of the annual Philadelphia International Cycling Classic it has become according to VeloNews.com “one of the most revered places in American Cycling”. And as it is just down the road from me I give it a good crack every now and again.
I am a long time user of Strava, a relatively recent adopter of Rapha clobber and a perinial slob in the week between Christmas and New Year and so when I stumbled over the “Rapha Festive 500” Strava challenge to ride 500km between Christmas Eve and New Years Eve I thought I’d give it a red hot go.
The Bicycling Open is not really a Gran Fondo or Sportive per se but moreso a “recreational ride” as the organisers call it that provides amateurs of varying abilities the opportunity to ride the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic course before the pros.
The 2013 Etape du Tour is my favourite Gran Fondo to date. There were four of us that did it and as we had never attempted such an event before it really felt like a great adventure at the time that we would all conquer together. They say you never forget your first….