Gran Fondo Bad­lands gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity

The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS - Al­lie Ruck­man The Drumheller Mail Rick Skeith sub­mit­ted

The third an­nual Gran Fondo Bad­lands event is gear­ing up to host over 800 cy­clists in the val­ley.

This year’s Gran Fondo Bad­lands is set to take off on Satur­day, June 25.

This event has gained pop­u­lar­ity since its first run two years ago. There has been a burst of bik­ers mak­ing the trip to ride in the beau­ti­ful land­scape of the val­ley.

“We have a fel­low com­ing down from Italy. A lot of peo­ple travel down from On­tario and Bri­tish Columbia, as well,” says or­ga­nizer of the event, Rick Skeith.

The event kicks off at 8:00 am af­ter a break­fast at the Bad­lands Com­mu­nity Fa- cil­ity. From there, bik­ers will pro­ceed on a route that winds in and out of the val­ley.

There will be tents set up to serve re­fresh­ments for the bik­ers along the route. The event is also look­ing into hav­ing a mas­sage ther­a­pist on hand to mas­sage the biker’s sore, well used, mus­cles.

This Gran Fondo race is de­signed for the av­er­age bi­cy­cle en­thu­si­ast with turn around points at 50km, 75km, 100km, and 140km.

“It does not mat­ter when you de­cide to turn around. You can turn around when your legs fi­nally over­power your brain and you know you can’t do it any­more,” says Skeith.

The or­ga­niz­ers stress that this event is not a race and is open to any­one look­ing to take a bike ride through the val­ley.

It does not mat­ter when you de­cide to turn around. You can turn around when your legs fi­nally over­power your brain and you know you can’t do it any­more”

Par­tic­i­pants of last year’s Gran Fondo Bad­lands bik­ing across the land­scape of the val­ley. This year’s Gran Fondo Bad­lands is set to go Satur­day, June 25.

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