Promising long stretches of rolling hills and just a few tough climbs, the 2014 Valley GranFondo was the perfect race for my first cycling event of the season.
Selecting the MedioFondo length in preparation for the Whistler GranFondo in September, our route ventured throughout Fort Langley and Aldergrove for a grand total of 88KM.
Below is a race review of this charity event.
Simple, easy. Just a few emails prior to the event.
Yikes! Package pick-up was only available for six hours on Saturday, the day prior to the race. I had to make arrangements to pick-up my package on race day. More dates/times are certainly needed.
The route promised rolling hills and a few climbs - and that it was. The course was well directed and the rest stops were great. There were three rest stops throughout the medio-course - I hopped off my bike at the second stop, fuelling on electrolytes. There were plenty of hydration and nutrition options available.
With that said, there were many potholes on the course that were passed. Some cyclists were unlucky - I cycled by four ambulances in the 88KM stretch. It would have been great to see the city and race committee work together to remedy this.
In addition, distances were not marked. This was the first race I took part in where I wasn’t exactly sure where I was - with no kilometre marks, it was a guess how fast I was going.
The finish line is always a great sight to see. With a sharp left turn before ending the race, the finish was exciting for all participants. The best part? Red Racer sponsored a great beer garden.