Gran Fondo Badlands
No matter what distance you ride, you will see lots of hoodoos, long river and coulee vistas, and the unique “badlands” scenery of the Dinosaur Valley. There will be lots of dinosaurs to see also, but most will be statues. Take in the scenery, enjoy the ferry ride across the Red Deer River and pedal up some short but serious hills.
Organizers have decided not to make this ride a timed event. It’s not about the hours, minutes and seconds, but rather it’s about the friends, ferry ride, food and hoodoos. And, with this said, we know you will have your own Garmin anyway, so bragging rights are in your own hands.
We are starting at the Largest (blue) Dinosaur in the World. There should be little, if any, traffic. The roads are in great shape with smooth pavement all the way around the course. The first aid station is just before the ferry. We anticipate a wait for the ferry, however the ferry only takes 10 minutes round trip (and can carry a limited number of riders), so relax. While you enjoy the aid station and the scenery.
Those of you riding 50 km will ride through to the far side of town, turning left at Walmart and back to the Badlands Community Facility.
The out-and-back nature of the course means riders can choose exactly how far they cover. There will be signs showing where to turn for various distances.
Medio - 70km | 100km | 140km
Gran Fondo - 160km
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