No, that’s not a misspelling of “fondue” — our apologies if we had your hopes up. Gran Fondo is Italian for “Big Ride,” and a big ride this will be. Eugene, if you didn’t know, is a place where people ride their bikes. The countryside around Eugene features plenty of great touring terrain, but with 40 mile and 71, 117 and 130 mile routes, this will be cycling at a whole ‘nother level.
The event’s organizers are quick to clarify that a Gran Fondo is not a race but rather “a mass event designed to draw community together” open to all ages and skill levels. Routes begin and finish in Cottage Grove, a small town just south of Eugene, circling west and back along country roads and rural highways. Click here for more information.