Posted by Michael McGoldrick, Tue Apr 3 2012 at 11:26 pm
GranFondoOttawa Update - over 850 riders after 8-weeks.
Pretty solid week for GranFondoOttawa connecting with the elites of the cycling world.... incl advice from Phil Liggett, sponsorship from Chris Carmichael & CTS|CampSantaYnez, an autographed jersey for our Silent Auction from Chris Carmichael|CTS, an autographed jersey from Levi Leipheimer|
OmegaPharmaQuickStep and an autographed jersey from Steve Bauer|TeamSpiderTech, email exchanges with several ex-Pro riders, the entertaining Bob Roll and TdeF legends, Tyler Hamilton not to forget Ottawa's own, Gord Fraser.....
Up to 850+ riders after 8-weeks of launching www.GranFondoOttawa.org with the event really taking shape....
Our event offers diversity with route options including MedioFondo~100K, GranFondo~170K & SuperFondo~220K.
Our routes are dynamite, dynamic, fully supported & rider friendly with at least 4 feed-stations + tech support + first aid at each.... after you leave the start|finish area.
Our ride will be safe with motorcycle lead-out and sweep, police at major intersections, roving ambulance, roving first aid and roving tech support on each route
Our venue is awesome with the Four Diamond Brookstreet Hotel as our host for all the cycling-festivale' activities....
Our Festa offerings will not disappoint, starting with our GiroPreFesta at Brookstreet w|special guest speaker(s) on Thursday night, followed by our ClinicaCorsaSpeciale on Friday at Noon complete with ride tips & post-ride yoga session leading to the 4PM opening of registration & p|u + BBQ and of course..... the main event Saturday AM, our GranFondoOttawa followed by the FondoFesta (expo, bands, beer garden, wine tasting, gourmet bbq by Mike Moffatt) and for those who want a little more, the SeraFesta....
Our entry fee is better than reasonable and practically awash when you consider each rider gets a fully-fueled custom GranFondoOttawa sling-bag with jammed with goodies from our sponsors and highlighted by 2 x Trek water bottles and a $125.00 (retail) Biemme pro-tour jersey which was designed for Team AG2R La Mondiale in 2009 and refined for Pro-Conti Teams, Wonderful Pistachios and Rocky Mountain, not bad....
Our Gear section offers complimenting Biemme clothing at cost+ pricing incl taxes to get totally decked out..... where else can you get [$175.00 retail] pro-tour bib-shorts for $99.00 tax in.....
There will be pre-ride GranFondoOttawa special offers from many of our sponsors w/discounts up to 25% off via local retailers.... giving you even more reason to register for the event.... incl Trek (bikes), Diadora (shoes), Veloflex (tires), Biemme (clothing), Enervit (nutritional supplements), Lazer (helmets), Bontrager (accessories), SmartEnve (wheels) & Pedal Magazine (publication).
We posted a 12-week Training Plan and have started FondoFit rides each Wednesday at 6PM & Sunday at 11AM from Westboro Beach, powered by Bushtukah|Trek and fueled by KBeer as well as supporting KunstadtSports for those who want to ride on Monday nights from their Glebe & Kanata locations.... as well as FullCycle for riders in the East end, close to the Aviation Parkway.
Our local retail sponsors have special GranFondoOttawa programs to offer registered riders as an additional bonus incl Bushtukah (20% off merchandise except bikes at 10%), Kunstadt (tba), FullCycle (tba) and Norco is offering a special program [tba] product via supporting retailers incl FreshAir, JoeMamma, SportX, BicycleWorld, ProCycle & Orleans Cycles.... stay posted!
To date we have 20+ teams registered for our TeamTimeTrialChallenge with lots of time to gather your own peloton of 10+ and enter a team.... to test your riding skills against our GranFondo and SuprFondo routes and their SportsStats 4-timed sections which vary in length from at least 1K to as many as 5K's.... offering challenges galore and testing strategies of whether to support your strongest hope for the Individual Quad Crack'n Challenge or....
Help make this a great event by supporting our efforts to fill a void which compliments the Spring riding calender and offers a perfect end to the TdeF on July 21st....
We hope to see you!
Reply to this Message