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

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