The Bike Doctor Frederick’s Grand Fondue will take in some of the most beautiful and challenging terrain in Frederick County. We’ll be hosting it on the 20th of October, 2013.
Here’s what the Grand Fondue is about: Not Racing. Great roads. Hard Climbs. Food. Drink. Scenery. Maybe a band. Also, a really cheap entry fee. A no-profit venture. Races are pricey. 100-150 bucks for a day of riding. What about a big ride that costs riders 20 bucks, gets them some wine and food and a free t-shirt? That’s what we’re talking about!
Our Grand Fondue is about eating and riding. Ride a huge ride, come back to a scenic winery in Middletown for a communal chili cookup, and wash it all back with some Merlot and Mead and chocolate fondue. Andre, who used to work at our shop, is also part owner of the Orchid Cellar, a family owned Winery that specializes in traditional and contemporary meads. The Orchid Cellar will be hosting the after party, where riders can grab some food, sample some wine, and enjoy a beautiful valley overlook. We’ll also have a few fire pits going!
The Grand Fondue Frederick is going to be a beautiful but hard ride. There will be gobs of climbing, dirt roads, and then more climbing. Nothing will be timed, there will be no winners. It’s going to be a challenging but relaxed ride, an easy pace to ease the legs through the terrain. We’ll take in some of the finest and smallest roads in Frederick County. Even the 35 mile ride is going to be challenging, even with 1/3 of the miles and 1/3 of the elevation. Don’t worry though, even the shortest ride has some fantastic scenery and barely travelled roads.
Here’s some details:
What: Four possible rides: a quick, almost easy 20 mile, a 30ish mile ride, hard but not super long, a really hard 65 miler, and a 99.9 miler, really hard, and really long. Really.
When: October 20th
100 mile and 65 mile rides start from the Orchid Cellar at 7am, so get there earlier to sign a waver and give us money, if you didn’t in advance. At the latest, get there at 6.30. You think you won’t need headlight, but the last riders last time got in well after dark.
The shorter rides will leave from the Orchid Cellar at 1pm. Again, get there earlier. There will be a mechanic on hand if you have minor issues with your bike. He won’t have cables, housing, chains, tires or cassettes. We are talking basic stuff: tighten this, loosen that. This is a cheap event, and we wanna keep it that way. If you have doubts as to whether your bike can handle the ride, get it into the shop at least a week prior to the event.
It’s hilly, and the pace will be decidedly relaxed, so it’s not like we are gunna knock this out in 2 hours.
Who: The Bike Doctor Frederick and The Orchid Cellar are hosting this event. Because this is a winery, you need to bring an ID with you if you want to partake. This isn’t a 21+ event, and we have to card because of that.
How Much: The entry fee is really reasonable. The support on the ride therefor is minimal. We’ll go into what to bring in a minute here but first the cost…
$20 and some beans. Yeah, some beans. The chili is going to be communal (one pot veggie, one meatatrian), and everyone has to pitch in some good beans to cook up. Bring some kidney or pinto beans, 1 can per person. We’ll cook it up so it’s ready to eat when you get back.
What does my 20 bucks get me?
Two glasses of either Merlot or Mead, a Tshirt with something about the Fondue on it, access to the chili pot, and fondue based desert. We’re also talking to a few local bands about coming out to play. There will be a few sag wagons, but KNOW YOUR LIMITS. If 13,000 feet of climbing sounds like a lot, it is. The riding will be hard, even if the pace is not. There will be gravel and dirt roads. Challenges galore. Please sign up for the appropriate ride for your abilities. Remember, even the short ride will be rad! We’ll have a mechanic who is roving around, but he will be minimally equipped. The 65 miler and the 100 are both harder this year. Rougher, too. Come prepared.
What to bring: This part is going to sound preachy, but it contains the important nuggets, so bear with me. A bike with low enough gears to get you through a big HILLY ride. Water. Lots of food, including something to get you through if you start to bonk. That means Gu or some other sort of energy Gel. Appropriate clothing. We’ll be huffing up huge hills and coming down them pretty fast. Sweat+steep roads=wind chill. We won’t have spare clothing, so figure out what works and bring it. There will be very few places to stop for additional food. There will be only a few designated rest stops, and they will have minimal provisions: extra water, Gatorade, basic snacks. This is not a supported century ride. This is a big ride in the country with like minded folks. Please bring a blinkie light, if it is overcast, starts to rain, or you just get caught out in the dark, we want you to be safe. Spare tubes (2 per person), a patch kit and a enough C02 or a hand pump to fix at least 2 flats. We will be on some dirt roads, so please bring a bike you will be comfortable riding on such surfaces. If it is a road bike, get some durable 25mm tires or 28′s if they fit. Ask in the shop if you are unclear on any of this.
How to sign up: Stop by the shop or email us. We’ll set you up with a paypal address to pay on-line. We need to get registration moving, so think about it this week then let us know ASAP. bikedrfrederick(at)gmail(dot)com
We hope to see you out there!