Between injury and Covid I’d been unable to attend the Mammoth Gran Fondo for a few years. But thanks to a recent pro bike fit, I started turning pedals again and figured that the 40 mile “piccolo” route at the Mammoth Gran Fondo would be the perfect way to both test the knee and escape the triple-digit SoCal heat. Between racing motocross and mountain bikes, I’ve been heading up Highway 395 since 1979….and all these years later, Mammoth Mountain still refuses to disappoint.
In preparation for the ride I pulled out the one bike I call my own, a six-year-old, aluminum Turner Cyclosis ‘cross bike that in addition to numerous ‘cross and gravel races, already has a Levi’s Gran Fondo, a Campagnolo Gran Fondo, and a Big Bear Gran Fondo to its credit.
1O THINGS THAT MAKE THE MAMMOTH GRAN FONDO GREAT
1. BEING PART OF A GREAT ADVENTURE
2. FORGETTING THE BIKE
3. MAKING FUN OF THE MOUNTAIN BIKERS
MAMMOTH GRAN FONDO START VIDEO
4. BREAKFAST AT THE STOVE
4 1/2. BREAKFAST AT THE STOVE – NO REALLY!!
5. COFFEE AT STELLAR BREW
6. THE VIEW FROM THE SADDLE
7. MAKE NEW FRIENDS
8. THE POST-RIDE FEAST
9. ROLLING TECH SUPPORT
10. FREE PHOTOS