Cascade Gran Fondo

Somewhere between aggressive road racing and relaxing centuries there’s the gran fondo.

Cascade Gran Fondo racing cycling

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At 40 years young, veteran pro Chris Horner may count among the oldest riders in the peloton, but he still manages to dish out big watts in the sport’s toughest races, including the Tour de France and the Olympics. In 2010 he put his celebrated racing smarts to work in a different way and started his own gran fondo, which takes participants over many of his favorite training roads around Bend, Oregon. 

The 75-mile route starts and finishes on Mount Bachelor with a loop around the mountain and a cruise through the Deschutes National Forest. Known for his big personality and astute race tactics, Horner has been one of the top climbers in the sport, so expect his personally designed route to challenge you over 6,500 feet of climbing as you pedal in the serene Cascade Mountains. In fact, the ride finishes with a late leg-testing grind up Mt. Bachelor.

While you’re in Bend for the weekend you can join Horner for an evening of conversation as he tells stories about life competing at the top of the sport for the past 20 years.

The Cascade Gran Fondo is held in August.

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