Sponsored by GO TO GUIDE
Supporting Youth Mentoring in Gunnison, Crested Butte and Lake City
Memorial Day weekend, Sunday, May 29th, 2011
7:15 am start time
This Gran Fondo is technically a Medio-Gran Fondo, which is a shorter version of the ever-popular Italian based Gran Fondo, a timed event, where thousands of cyclists take to the road to race or tour by bicycle, a scenic region in one day, over a course of at least 120 km. This is a very social event where one can make new friends and enjoy beautiful scenery, in this case here in the Gunnison Valley of Colorado (pictured below). The continental divide at the northern end of the Valley, beyond Crested Butte, is locally termed “Paradise Divide”, for its beauty and location of an extensive range of 13-14,000 ft mountains. The “Pedal to Paradise” route covers the end portion of the 1st Stage of this year’s first annual “Quiznos Pro Challenge”, a professional road race through the Colorado Rocky Mountains, which is attracting world-class riders such as those to be found in the Tour de France. The Quiznos segment finishes in Mt. Crested Butte at 9,400 ft elevation. The starting elevation in Gunnison for “Pedal to Paradise” is 7700 feet, and our turn around elevation is at 9900 feet.
The course is round trip, Gunnison - Mt. Crested Butte-Gunnison, and is a metric century+ ride of 108.2K or 66.6 miles. Rest stations with food / water and sag vehicles will be available to all cyclists. As with all Fondos, this event will be timed, for those who would like to challenge themselves, friends or others in a friendly match. There will be a weekend of activities stationed out of Gunnison including “The Growler”, a mountain biking competition, “The Sage Burner”, a foot race and “Gunnison Glory” a 24-hour endurance climbing festival. Please click here for more on these other weekend events. The City of Gunnison is hosting these events with food, music and other activities based in IOOF Park. Since this is a 3-day weekend over Memorial Day, many families will come to the Valley to partake in these events as well as the many recreational and cultural activities the Valley has to offer, in Gunnison, Crested Butte, Taylor Park and Lake City areas. A true Rocky Mountain High! Our little piece of Paradise is always a place of immeasurable beauty!
To find out more about what our Valley has to offer you and your family, please click on this link to our tourism association. We have a strong Spirit, Mind, Body group, which can provide anything from massages and yoga, to energy work and alternative healing. Please click here for more information. We have World Class rafting on the Gunnison and Taylor Rivers, kids programs, museums, historical sites, horse riding on one of our famous cattle ranches, endless mountain bike trails, great shops and dining options at both ends of the Valley. If you want to spend a night at the top of the Rockies, try a night or 2 up in Mt. Crested Butte at one of the luxury hotels, or at a charming B-n-B in the old historic mining town of Crested Butte.
For more specific information regarding the ride details and registration, please click here. If you have any questions, please call Janice @ 970-349-1195 for more information. We hope you will come with your friends/families and enjoy a full weekend of fun in the Gunnison High Country, while supporting our very important youth mentoring program. Our children ARE the future…
Online Registration Here : www.gunnisonmentors.com