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    What the heck is an "MTB Gran Fondo"?????

    Apparently there is one taking place at Kelso in three weeks. Is it a race? Just a really big ride?
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    It's not a race. I know a couple of people going to do this. Basically a social ride with bbq, music and beer. I was hoping to go and hang out with a bunch of MTB'er in a non-competitive ride, but I have family stuff that day.

    MTB, BBQ, beer and music! Please join us for the first annual Kelso Mountain Bike Fondo - The GTA's MTB Festival.

    Enjoy all the elements of what should be one of the highlights of the MTB season - a complimentary beer and BBQ lunch, music, some beautiful trails and an expo that will make your time off the bike as much fun as your time in the saddle.

    To celebrate the launch of this exciting new event, we are offering a 50% discount to the first 50 riders who register. It is good for any of our 3 distances:

    Active 14K - Regular $55 - Launch offer $27.50
    Excel 28K - Regular $65 - Launch offer $32.50
    Ultra 42K - Regular $75 - Launch offer $37.50

    Please visit our website MTB FONDO | for more information and to register. Use coupon code First50 at checkout to get your special discount.
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    It's where you melt cheese in a pot and dip foodstuffs in it to eat.

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    That's the Grand Fondue. You ride your bike from place to place, drink wine and foodstuffs dipped in cheese. I believe it's an yearly event is certain places. Also non-competitive. Except for some in the wine drinking part.
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    If it were an eating competition, I'd probably win.

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    Quote Originally Posted by secret agent View Post
    It's not a race. I know a couple of people going to do this. Basically a social ride with bbq, music and beer. I was hoping to go and hang out with a bunch of MTB'er in a non-competitive ride, but I have family stuff that day.

    MTB, BBQ, beer and music! Please join us for the first annual Kelso Mountain Bike Fondo - The GTA's MTB Festival.

    Enjoy all the elements of what should be one of the highlights of the MTB season - a complimentary beer and BBQ lunch, music, some beautiful trails and an expo that will make your time off the bike as much fun as your time in the saddle.

    To celebrate the launch of this exciting new event, we are offering a 50% discount to the first 50 riders who register. It is good for any of our 3 distances:

    Active 14K - Regular $55 - Launch offer $27.50
    Excel 28K - Regular $65 - Launch offer $32.50
    Ultra 42K - Regular $75 - Launch offer $37.50

    Please visit our website MTB FONDO | for more information and to register. Use coupon code First50 at checkout to get your special discount.

    Hmmmm....$75 to ride around Kelso? I can do that for $5 any other weekend.
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    From the makers of Epic Tour, Halton Gran Fondo, a road bike tour starting from the same Kelso location (ie. not a charity ride). Very expensive for what it offers. Did it last year and was not impressed. Meant for people who need "to be seen". Event was divided into mainstream and VIP participation areas (with a security checkpoint in between). Not grassroots at all. Joining the VIP group costs $500. I imagine the vibe of the mountain bike event will be the same.
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    I received an invite to this event through Linkedn of all places!

    Looks like a Bike Fest, similar to other fests like at Blue (Pedal Fest) or like the one that was held in the Don a couple years ago etc.


    Initially I thought of road races, like GranFondo Epic Tour | The GTA's GranFondo


    Ha!! I thought of cheese too
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    I agree, it seems expensive even at the cheaper price. Thought it might be a nice place to meet a bunch of people. Not sure how much they are going to offer that might make it worth that kind of money.
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    Now you all have made me hungry...

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    Quote Originally Posted by RiotMTB View Post
    Now you all have made me hungry...
    Well, The VIP version includes wine, cheese, appetizers, waitress meal service, desert, and coffee. Plus other alcoholic drinks.

    Mainstreamers got a burger and side salad, plus early morning coffee and bagels.

    However, I noticed that VIP is not included for the MTB Fondo. Maybe they got it right for the MTB crowd.
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    Yup, nothing says mountainbiking like a nice pinot noir...NOT

    Looks like I will be headed elsewhere to ride that day
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    Come to Agreement Forest and ride with us slow old guys. Will try to get there in the afternoon.

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    Now you're talking!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thatshowiroll View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Unglued View Post
    Apparently there is one taking place at Kelso in three weeks. Is it a race? Just a really big ride?
    There have been a few before. Case in point...
    Big Bear MTB Gran Fondo 2015

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    It's not a race.
    Yes and no. If you look at every Gran Fondo there is pretty much a race category. To say these are not is a bit misleading. Using the Whistler Gran Fondo as a example while yes road it still breaks down to either your racing aka setting out to see how fast you can complete it. Or your not.

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    When I saw the word Ultra and 32k it doesn't register. When I hear the words Ultra I think of an endurance event lasting 5 hours that hurts and leaves you suffering on the drive home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enduramil View Post
    When I saw the word Ultra and 32k it doesn't register. When I hear the words Ultra I think of an endurance event lasting 5 hours that hurts and leaves you suffering on the drive home.
    Log 32km up and down the Kelso fireroad climb and it might be sort of ultra.
    Nuke the entire site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

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    Doing the Ultra 42kms. Three laps.
    Pay way more then $40 for O-Cup events.
    Think it will be a good time. Got to give it a chance.

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    5 hours? That ain't ultra anything

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    Then ride all day. No one will stop you

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unglued View Post
    5 hours? That ain't ultra anything
    If you go by the scientific definition of ultra it is roughly the 6 hour mark. Though I have been told by some it is the 4 hour mark.

    Though depending on the course and distance to some in a race the race will be less than Ultra. While to those slower it enters that realm. And when entering that realm it presents a whole host of issues that most people are not knowledgeable enough to deal with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unglued View Post
    5 hours? That ain't ultra anything
    It's "ultra" like a participation trophy is a real trophy.

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    Fondo was fun
    showcased all the cool XC riding kelso has to offer, quarry is interesting my 1st time in there
    left out most of the technically challenging climbs, sections and descents but still fun for me
    I am a recreational rider
    I got lapped twive before I completed my 2nd lap!
    Weather was perfect for me; overcast and cool and a few mud puddles
    to all those who participated and said hello and offered help and encouraging words
    a big thank you!
    Have a nice weekend all

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    Before I forget, thanks Don

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    Wow it used the quarry section?
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    Quarry was just for start/finish and bbq and stage. Just gravel and grass in the quarry. Event was still a good time. singletrack was mucky and slick!

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