The second annual Tehachapi Gran Fondo bicycle race last weekend was a huge success. The event was very organized and fun, with at least 18 local public safety volunteer organizations spread over the five race routes assisting with rider traffic control, safety, and food stations. Support and Gear (SAG) vehicles spread out to assist cyclists in need of cycle repair.
The routes ranged from a fun 18 miles to a serious 100 miles. Fans cheering with cow bells in hand, sprinkled this small, but spread out community. Over a 1000 riders came from 10 different states. The route took riders through windmill farms, alpine forests, neighboring communities, up mountain grades, to the famous Tehachapi Train Loop, across farmlands, and through valleys.
To celebrate my 58th birthday, Dan and I rode in the Gran Fondo. It was challenging, but with all of the positive cheering and volunteers along the way it was hard to not smile. The weather was cool most of the day, but as we made the last 1500 foot climb the air heated up. I came over the finish line coated in sweat, salt, spit, tears, and happiness.
Thank you to all the volunteers and organizers that contributed to making this event five-star. Oh and I personally want to thank the individuals and families yelling “Go,go, go!” or “You can do it!” or “Great job” or “Yaaaaaaaaayyy” along the way. It made all the difference.
Start planning now to attend this very fun event next September.