Idaho Grand Fondo 3 Summit Challenge

August 4, 2010 at 9:11 am 1 comment

This ride took place on Saturday.  Put it on your calendar for next year!

Cascade – Warm Lake 3 Summit Challenge 2010

July 31, 2010

Presented ByThe community of Cascade & George’s Cycles

General Information:  The community of Cascade would like to invite you to a beautiful Alpine bicycle ride.  The ride will take you into some of the most magnificent scenery the State of Idaho has to offer.  You will climb three very challenging summits:

1. Big Creek Summit from the Cascade side.

2. Warm Lake Summit.

3. Big Creek Summit from the Warm Lake side.

There will be three ride options:1. One Summit 35 miles.2. Two Summits 55 miles.3. Three Summits 65 miles. Three summit riders will get a special award for completing the challenge. There will also be a prize for the fastest male and female rider on the Warm Lake summit climb.

Guest riders will include:1. Greg Randolph 1996 U.S. Olympic Road Cyclist.2. Kristin Armstrong 2008 Olympic Gold medalist and World Champion.3. Remi McManus 2001 U.S National Road Race Champion.

Start times:  Start times 8:00 am start three summit riders9:00 am start two summit riders10:00 am start one summit riders

Field limit: 1000 riders.

A friend participated this year and this is his review:

This past Saturday I completed the “3 summit ride” out of Cascade along with several other locals and about 500 total riders (mostly from Boise).  In my opinion you should put this on your schedule for next year for the following reasons.

The course (67 plus miles with two shorter distances 55 and 35 miles) out and back is absolutely gorgeous, the pavement the best in Idaho is a new surface (maybe stimulus money) but well spent, the support was amazing with pace vehicles and the ISP holding traffic on Highway 55 both going and coming back into Cascade (you felt like a grand tour rider), food and beverage pit stops about every 10 miles (you could complete the ride with 1 water bottle), a wonderful lunch at the finish (and I’m picky), extremely well organized (you could pick up your packet and number on Saturday morning with no lines), did I say great scenery with mountains, forests, wildflowers, waterfalls, and the headwaters of the South Fork of the Salmon River, and the icing on the cake was no traffic (after we turned off of Highway 55 on to the Warm lake highway I bet we rode 15 miles with only our pace cars in sight).

And for all you Mountain Bikers “who would rather crash into a tree than a car” this ride is for you! Hang up your mountain bike for that day and buy, beg, borrow, or rent a road bike for this event (that is if you do not own one), you will love it.

Oh and there is even a “chip timed event” on the 2nd climb for any cyclist that wants to be competitive. And that 2nd climb (Warm lake Summit) is not easy at about a 10% to 11% gradient for about 4 miles, the other 2 climbs of Big Creek Summit over and back is about 5% at most 6% gradient (not hard).

Here is a link to a google map of the approximate route.  Keep checking George’s Cycles in spring 2011 for information for the next 3 Summit Challenge.


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