Cinch clinch Golden Gran Fondo Team Award!
CINCH cycling team posted fastest combined time on some of the toughest timed sections in the USA
August 29th 2017, Colorado, USA – CINCH athletes travelled to Colorado to take on the challenge of the Golden Gran Fondo, one of the USA’s hardest Gran Fondo’s.
The Golden Gran Fondo took hundreds of amateur riders on an unforgettable journey through the Rocky Mountains. The 100 mile Gran Fondo featured four timed sections on iconic climbs, used in races such as the Coors Classic and American Flyers (Kevin Costner’s classic cycling film that was set in the town of Golden) - all in one day!
CINCH cycling fielded a team of four athletes; Travis Lechner, Scott Shaw, Tracey Jacobs, and Dean Myers. Riders tackled timed sections on Lookout Mountain, Mountain Base Road, Twin Spruce and Drew Hill.
Lookout Mountain, a four and a half mile climb with nearly 1,200 feet of climbing is an iconic climb straight out of the town of Golden. The fastest time set in this year’s Gran Fondo was David Leonard from Berthoud, CO who posted a time of 19m 16 secs.
Compared to professionals, the unofficial record is known to be held by no other than CINCH’s performance cycling Coach and ex-professional cyclist Tom Danielson in a time of around 16 minutes. In June this year, Phil Gaimon, star of the series Worst Retirement Ever set the official Strava KOM time of 16m 16 secs.
The other most notable climb was Drew Hill. At over 5 miles long, with hard packed dirt and broken pavements, hundreds of riders proved their mettle of this final timed section which some riders labelling it “one of the hardest climbc they have ever done”
Under the guidance of CINCH’s head coach Tom Danielson, CINCH cycling athletes worked together as a team based on their individual strengths, in the same manner as a Tour de France team, to post the fastest combined time of 5h 35m 15 secs ahead of GS Boulder who posted a combined time of 6h 50m 47 secs.
Tom Danielson, Founder CINCH Cycling INC added “I’m so proud of our CINCH team who put their fitness, skills, and execution into the event while, most importantly, bonding as a team. The team was made up of athletes that have much more than just cycling in their lives. They have to juggle work obligations and family life with the time they get to spend training on the bike. I love to being part of their personal growth, on and off the bike, as well as celebrate their achievement!“
In the individual 90 mile Gran Fondo overall category, it was again David Leonard from Berthoud, CO who secured 1st place ahead of Peter Roper from Denver and Matthew Segur from Golden. For the women it was Tracey Jacobs from Boulder ahead of Angela Des Congnets from Golden and Nina Donohue from Boulder.
In the individual 63 mile Medio Fondo category, it was Troy Lyon, from Golden in 1st place ahead of Carlos Pereira from Xcel and Maria Poblete from Boulder. Maria Poblete was 1st for the women ahead of Megan Castle and Jennifer Grimaldi, both from Golden.
In the individual 20 mile Piccolo category, it was Michael D’amore from Denver in 1st place ahead of Inna Sherman from Golden and Jackson Moran from Evergreen. Inna Sherman was 1st for the women ahead of Jordanna Quinn from Golden and from Paloma Fernández from Boulder.
Congratulations to all riders who competed the ride, the Golden Gran Fondo is an epic day out, one that should be on every respectable road cyclist's Bucket List!
For the full times and category results, please visit: http://my1.raceresult.com/81020/
Link to official photos: https://jcaldphoto.smugmug.com/Golden-Gran-Fondo-2017/