Farm To Fork Fondo - Hudson Valley A Big Success as Series Starts to Sell Out In Advance
Wrenegade Sport's first Gran Fondo of the year, Hudson Valley last weekend, was a resounding success. Remaining series starting to sell out in advance.
Warwick, New York, Sunday June 26th - More than 500 cyclists from more than 25 states, Canada and Japan lined up at Pennings Cidery. The lucky cyclists who managed to secure an entry enjoyed a mass-start, fully-supported Gran Fondo led by the ladies of Colavita | Bianchi Professional Cycling Team, working up an appetite over a challenging course through the 'Black Dirt' farmland with Ride With GPS timed segments, magnificent views, and farm stop aid stations featuring locally-sourced treats.
The "Farm to Fork Fondo" highlighted Orange County's distinctive agriculture with locally sourced pre- and post-meals and mid-ride aid stations hosted by working farms.
The event is more than a "bike ride". The weekend was filled with culinary delights made from ingredients sourced from the beautiful farms along the route. Pennings Farm head chef Oscar Elias and executive chef Heather Kurosz, experienced farm-to-table specialist team, whipped up feasts worthy of kings and hoards of hungry foodie cyclists.
Such is the appeal for the Farm To Fork "bike feast-ivals", the event, like the way the rest of the series is going was sold out in advance for 500 riders. The series is headed up by well known ex-professional cyclist Tyler Wren, who's transitioned from a highly respected cyclist, to a highly respected event organizer and more importantly, an entrepreneur who's, single handedly, created a "cycling recipe" that is without doubt - a massive hit with cyclists of all abilities!
Tyler has come up with his own Farm To Fork brand which marries his passion for cycling, rural farming and the Farm to Table movement - a winning combination.
The event is billed as more of a "ride" than a "race", and encourages cyclists to enjoy amazing routes, food and the company of other like minded cyclists who can mix it up with professionals of the present day and past.
The timed sections allowed riders with a competitive edge to compete for the win and prizes too.
$3,018 in donations
The event generated $3,018 in donations to the four participating teams: They included first-place winner Team Orange earning $1,000 for The Sanctuary for Animals farm and their camels, followed by Team Blue to benefit the Vernon Woman's Club, Team Red for the Warwick Historical Society and Team Green for the Orange County Land Trust.
The Farm to Fork Fondo series is supported by New Holland Agriculture, Colavita USA, Bianchi Bicycles and other local and national-level sponsors.
The series also includes events in Vermont, Pennsylvania Dutch country and Maine, all organized by Wrenegade Sports.
Wrenegade Sports are excited to announce the details of the 2016 Ride With GPS Segment Challenge. At all four Farm to Fork Fondo events this summer they'll be awarding two custom 'Chicken Polka Dot' jerseys by Jakroo USA to the overall men's and women's winners, with the winner's name printed on the collar.
The remaining events are selling out in advance, so if want to try and get a ride at one of the other events, please visit farmforkfondo.com today!
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