First Annual RikeBike GranD Fondo

The first annual RikeBike GranD Fondo took place on September 6, 2014.  We rode from just North of Flagstaff to the Grand Canyon.  It took us all day and it was a lot harder than we expected.  The downhill we anticipated never materialized…

We loaded everythin20140906_093056g up in the Sportwagen in the morning and headed towards Flagstaff. The little wagon easily carried 4 people, 3 bikes, several coolers and enough gear for a comfortable overnight campout at the Grand Canyon.

 

The day started out beautifully with clear sunny skies and we proceeded aIMG_1022t a comfortable pace stopping for pictures every now and then.  The route we followed approximated the old stage coach route from Flagstaff to the Grand Canyon and mostly follows fire roads.

By early afternoon, the weather had turned to torrential thunderstorms which really detracted from the enjoyment of the ride. By the time we neared the end of the ride, most of us were pretty tired.  I don’t know where the 2015 Fondo will take place, but it will be sure to include some more amazing Arizona riding.

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