2014 Cache Gran Fondo Race review

We loved reading this review of the 2014 Cache Gran Fondo. Thank you to UtahTryGuy and UtahTriGirl for your support.

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Dear Readers, this is my first blog post on this website, and I was lucky enough to sub in for Rachel (aka utahtrigirl) for the Cache Gran Fondo. I was really excited to get to do this particular race, as I have participated in this venue before and had a great time. But first allow me to introduce myself; tongue in cheek I’ll refer to myself as Utahtryguy, because while I  attempt bike races, running events and triathlons, I mostly just “try”. I’m essentially a self taught runner, I dabbled in track and cross country with friends in high school, flying under the radar of the coaches who never really knew I was there, and I never officially joined any of those high school teams. Later on in life, I did a 5k here and there, and continued to do so after I was married. I have run the South Davis Rec Center valentine’s day 5k I think every single year it has existed as a yearly tradition.

To read the rest of UtahTryGuy's review, click here.

Welcome!

We are excited to welcome you to the 3rd Annual Cache Gran Fondo in beautiful Cache Valley, Utah. Many of you are returning, and we thank you 
for your continued support. We are also expecting a new group of competitive cyclists this year as we have added a race component to the ride, which brings us closer to the intent of a true Gran Fondo where high-end competitors share the same course with recreational riders.

We've had some great training rides so far this year on our 50- and 100-mile course and despite a couple of short stretches of regular summer road maintenance (chip and seal), the course should be in pretty good shape. Watch out for a section that was chip/sealed two weeks ago in Amalga, and a single block as you come back into Logan on 600 South. Both should be well worn, but stay alert so you can be safe. As a recreational cyclist and mountain  biker for more than 30 years, nothing is more fun than getting outside with family and friends to ride some of the great landscapes around us. We hope you will agree that nothing quite compares to the scenic views, cool temperatures, and unique roads Cache Valley offers bike riders of all abilities. Our wide-open roads, challenging hill climbs and stunning views make this a very special place to get on a bike and ride. It was just announced that the 2015 Tour of Utah will include a section through Cache Valley, and so it is possible that you could be riding some of the same stretches of road that pro teams will race next year.

To make this year a success, hundreds of dedicated volunteers, ride planners  and sponsors have worked hard to make sure your experience at this year’s Cache Gran Fondo is a memorable one. We will have great support crews staffed from the starting line to the support/aid stations, as well as at the finish line. We have some fun things planned, a lot of prizes, a great finisher medal, and some surprises that will hopefully make your day memorable. Our clothing designer and manufacturer, Blackbottoms Cyclewear, has worked closely with us to help us deliver this year’s custom 2014 Cache Gran Fondo Jersey and our new Commuter Jersey which I hope you’ll enjoy wearing for many rides to come. We are offering these items at cost, only $35, so we sincerely hope you will buy on and add it to your collection of favorite jerseys. Please have a fun, safe and enjoyable tour on Saturday. Please be sure to obey all the rules of the road, extend a courteous wave to our local community members, thank them for sharing the roads with you and the other Gran Fondo riders. 

Also, don’t forget to take a lot of fun pictures and share them with us on our Facebook page; stick around for free lunch and the $6,000+ in raffle give-a-ways at the Gran Fondo Expo & Outdoor Recreation Show in downtown Logan.

Troy Oldham
Cache Gran Fondo Race Director
Executive Director - Logan Regional Hospital Foundation

Packet Pickup Locations

Packet pickup starts today. We will be at Bountiful Bikes in Woods Cross today from 4 to 7 p.m. If you haven't registered for the Cache Gran Fondo, you can register for it here.

  • Wednesday, July 9, from 4 to 7 p.m., Bountiful Bikes, 2482 S Main St, Woods Cross
  • Thursday, July 10, from 12 to 7 p.m., Bingham Cyclery, 1895 Washington Blvd, Ogden
  • Friday, July 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Center Street and 50 West, Logan
  • Friday, July 11, from 4 to 8 p.m., Al's Sporting Goods, 1075 North Main, Suite 120, Logan

2014 Cache Gran Fondo Finisher's Medal

Our 2014 Cache Gran Fondo Finishers' medals just arrived. Have a look at these! This 5" wide satin nickel plated bragging right is even equipped with a bottle opener to enjoy a cool, refreshing beverage following your ride. 

Make sure you reserve yours by registering for and riding the Cache Gran Fondo. 

 

Final week of training, registering!

The final week is finally here! Registration closes at 5 p.m. MST on Friday, July 11 and riders from from around the country (and Trinidad and Tobago) are training for the big ride this Saturday. Our friend Shay Carl with Shayloss is also getting ready for the ride this week with his friends. Here's his latest training video. 

We wish all our riders a happy, safe, and productive week of training. See you on Saturday!

Online registration closing soon!

Our online registration will be closing on Friday, July 11 at 5 p.m., MST, or when we reach 1,000 riders registered, which ever comes first. We are more excited than ever for this year's 2014 Cache Gran Fondo. If you, any of your family or friends who want to ride haven't registered yet, now is the time to do so! We hope you have a positive ride experience you'll remember for years to come.

The draw?

We just received a great e-mail from a new Cache Gran Fondo rider who is in the running for the ‘traveled the farthest distance’ prize this year. Stephen Aboud is putting his itinerary together to travel from the beautiful islands of Trinidad and Tobago to our also-beautiful Cache Valley for the Cache Gran Fondo. “[I’m] passionate about the Rockies ever since my first trip 30 years ago, [I] could surrender my beaches for them any day. Impressed by the principles of those I come into contact with in SLC [and I] respect the values of those I interact with,” explained Stephan in an e-mail to us on July 3. He continued, “Yes, I approved the week visit so that I could experience Logan and ride it. I have covered nearly 1,500 miles of road in Utah and I always dreamt of riding and racing on those roads. If I survive the altitude [this year], then next year I will love to enter the race.”

Image of a Trinidad and Tobago beach

Image of a Trinidad and Tobago beach

What an incredible guy! This is one of the reasons we love putting on this event, we get to hear great stories about great people who have made biking and living healthy lifestyles a driver in their pursuit of happiness. It causes me to ponder about what the draw is to the sport, and to our unique location. I think the draw to Cache Valley is one of spectacular beauty and open roads. The air is thin up here (5,000+ feet above sea level), but it is also clean, especially in the spring and summer months. We have a lot of flat stretches because our valley floor used to be lake bed, and multiple hills and canyons to really test your climbing legs and lungs. Also, as Stephen has pointed out, the people are friendly, the communities are supportive and the local bike community is strong and growing.

We are excited to have Stephen join us here at the Cache Gran Fondo next Saturday, July 12. If you get a chance to meet him, give him a big Cache-Valley welcome and reinforce his perception of the people here. And Stephen, unless someone shows up from Europe or Australia…you might just win the prize!

- Troy Oldham, Race Director

Nine days until ride day

The July 12 Cache Gran Fondo is coming up in just nine days! Register to ride with us before the cap fills up with 1,000 riders!


Update from the Race Director

I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed. With fewer than ten days to go before we kick off the 3rd annual Cache Gran Fondo, we are all feeling a bit overwhelmed but also equally excited to have all our friends return, and excited to welcome a whole be set of riders. 

Here are some of the things that have us overwhelmed (and excited):

  1. New unique jerseys and polo-style commuter shirts are arriving this week -- 700 to be exact -- and we hope every rider will want to buy one once they see them. And at only $35 each, they are a steal! (Bring the $$, I bet you will want one when you see them).
  2. Rider registrations: They just keep coming in, fast, furious and steady. Please invite all your friends to join us. The money goes to a great cause, and we have really planned for a great rider experience.
  3. Volunteers: How could you not love volunteers, they make an event special and meaningful. Everyday we get more requests from incredible people to help. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. We really cannot say it enough.
  4. Our race committee. Hands down, the BEST!
  5. Logistics. It takes a huge action item list and spreadsheet to get all the details checked off. We feel like Santa, "making a list, and checking it twice..." Very overwhelming but each day the list gets smaller, even when you sweat the small stuff.
  6. Prizes and sponsors. It takes strong sponsors to pull this off. We have a bunch and they are fantastic. Check out our sponsors here.  Every rider is eligible for prizes -- it's a Gran Fondo thing.
  7. Big and impressive finisher medals just arrived in Utah! Five inches wide, large, and in charge! There is a little surprise that comes with it.... Cheers!
  8. Food: At the support stations, at the start line, at the finish. You won't go hungry. Real food, local treats, baked goods, Cliff Bar items, New LG gels, some junk tossed in, and several special treats at the finish in our REFUEL station (Izzy soda, Meadow Gold Chocolate Milk, custom-made Charlie's ice cream, Schrieber Cheese, Pepsi, etc).
  9. Miss Utah. Newly crowned Miss Utah (and current Miss Cache Valley), Karlie Major offered to support YOU riders at our Trenton support Station.  She will also be handing out Meadow Gold Choc. Milk at the finish after she is done in Trenton.
  10. Energy fuel sponsors Cliff Bar and Louis Garneau have really come through for our riders. You will be drinking, chomping, and slurping all kinds of great energy items. We are overwhelmed by their generosity. Please make sure once you sample the freebies, you spend some $$ on their products next time you pick up supplies.

That is my top ten list...for today. Keep the rubber side down and we will see you at packet pick up next week in SLC, Ogden and Logan. And on the road next Saturday!

Just 3 days left!

Our final discounted registration period ends on June 15! Register yourself, family, and friends by this Saturday here. All proceeds from the ride go toward mammogram treatments.


Finisher's Medal

All those who cycle from the start to finish line will be awarded one of these. You just rode 50-100 miles and supported a great cause -- you're awesome. 


Finish Line Beverages

After you've finished the 50- or 100-mile course, you will get this cool finisher's medal. You will notice that it has a bottle opener on it. "Where can I use this bottle opener for the first time," you ask? Why, you can use it to open a chilled bottle of Izze sparkling refreshment! How does that sound?! We'll also have water on hand for your re-hydrating needs. 

This is one of the ways we want to congratulate you on the completion of a long ride. 

Cache Gran Fondo Finisher's Medal

We've got exciting news for ALL our riders! Everyone who registers, rides, and finishes this year's Cache Gran Fondo will be awarded a 2014 finisher's medal. This nickel-plated masterpiece even has a bottle opener for you to open a cool, refreshing beverage following your effort! Are you excited?!