Gran Fondo Badlands
Gran Fondo Badlands
June / 27 / 2015
Drumheller, Alberta, Canada
Are you B-A-D enough to ride the Badlands? Ride the Gran Fondo Badlandswith on June 28, 2014 with the the dinosaurs.
It's time for a change of scenery. We enjoyed the challenges of the Gran Fondo Rockies Nanton route in the rolling foothills, but we didn't want to get stale. We have found a new location and route that is unusual, scenic, challenging and just plain fun: The Gran Fondo Badlands in Drumheller, Alberta.
Are you B-A-D enough to ride the Badlands? Gran Fondo Badlands ride begins under the world's largest dinosaur.
The new Gran Fondo Badlands ride begins under the world’s largest dinosaur (26.2 metres high) on the north edge of town, and heads along the North Dinosaur Trial right past the Royal Tyrrell Museum to the 100 year old Bleriot ferry, approximately 25 km. Stop at the aid station for refreshments, take in the scenery, enjoy the ferry ride across the Red Deer river (takes about 2 minutes!) pedal up the short but serious hill (12% – make sure you are in your small gear!), then back to town along the South Dinosaur Trail. This is approximately 50 km.
Once back in town you can decide to return to the start for lunch, or continue south on Highway 10. Around 10 km later you will turn right onto Highway 10X and into the historic town of Wayne, crossing a world record number of bridges (11) in the shortest distance (10 km). After visiting the Wayne Hotel aid station, return to Highway 10. At this point you may return to Drumheller and the start/finish location (for a mileage of almost 75 km) or turn right and ride along the river and past hoodoos to the turnaround at the village of Dorothy for a total of 140 km.
Those of you who would like to challenge yourself to ride a bit further, a few kilometres past Dorothy is a 2 km 8% monster hill which will add on about 10 to 20 km. Turn around at the top and follow Highway 10 back to Drumheller which will give you a total riding mileage of approximately 100 miles to the end.
Routes: 50k, 75k, 140k, 160k
Difficulty of Greatest Route: B - Gently rolling terrain with one or two short hills
Entry Opens: February / 08 / 2014
Time Zone: Atlantic Standard Time (AST)
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