COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. — Hundreds of cyclists from all over the Pacific Northwest enjoyed the Oregon scenery Sunday as they raced in the third annual Oregon Gran Fondo, which started and ended in Cottage Grove.
Nearly 500 people registered to compete in the Gran Fondo.
The course has three different routes.
A Gran course, which is 117 miles. The Medio course, a 71 mile route. Then the Piccolo course, which is 30 miles.
Organizers and directors say there was a wide variety of talent, from former pros to up-and-coming riders as young as 13 years old.
This is the third annual, and each year, drawing more attention to ambitious riders while helping communities.
“Longer adventure races and rides where it’s in terrain and rural environments and part of it too, is we believe in working with small towns and working with the economic development side where we can bring in 400 to 500 cyclists to a community,” said Steve Cash, director of the race.
The younger riders say they enjoy this race because it gives them a chance to mingle with older riders they look up to.
The grand prize for the winner of the Gran course is a $1,000 cash prize.
Racers say this Gran Fondo is not only one of the most well-organized races they’ve been a part of, but also one of the friendliest.