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CHAFE 150 Gran Fondo

CHAFE 150 Gran Fondo

June 15 2019
Sandpoint, Idaho, USA

The CHAFE 150 has the same great route, distances of 150 or 80 miles and a new route of 30 miles, , beautiful scenery and prodigious perks. Once again, it's a gran fondo timed event.  

The CHAFE 150 route begins in Sandpoint, Idaho, the “Most Beautiful Small Town in the USA,” and inscribes a grand loop around the Cabinet Mountains – a frontal range of the Rocky Mountains of Idaho and Montana – following gorgeous lake and river valleys. Although the route’s 150 miles is a challenging distance, it has no mountain passes or long sustained climbs, encompassing one upriver leg, two downriver legs and one huge lake.

The ride embarks from the Best Western Edgewater Resort, right on Lake Pend Oreille at downtown Sandpoint’s City Beach (click for map to staging point). After a police escort through town, riders head north on U.S. Highway 95/Highway 2 toward Bonners Ferry. This valley is between the Selkirk Mountains on the west, and the Cabinets on the east, up what geologists call the Purcell Trench, carved out by ancient glaciers during the Ice Age that ended about 12,0000 years ago. It’s also the route followed in 1809 by Canadian fur trader David Thompson of the North West Company as he explored this historic homeland of the native Kalispel and Kootenai Indian tribes. Although this segment of the route is along the highway, the shoulders are spacious and the early hour keeps traffic minimal.

At Three Mile Junction just north of Bonners Ferry, riders will turn east on U.S. Highway 2, following the scenic Kootenai River into Montana and descending down the Yaak River hill into Troy, Mont. Just past Troy, the halfway point break stop at 70 miles, riders of the 1/2 CHAFE will join the ride. At Troy riders will pedal south on Lake Creek and Chase Creek Cutoff roads to reach Montana Highway 56 for a moderate uphill leg to Bull Lake, then downstream along the Bull River. This route follows a verdant corridor through the Cabinet Mountains wilderness, chock full of high alpine vistas, lush meadows and babbling brooks. Riders continue south on Highway 56 to the junction with Highway 200, where they turn west to ride along the Clark Fork River and back into Idaho.

Riding alongside the Clark Fork – named for the explorer of Lewis and Clark fame – bikers travel along a route scoured by the great Ice Age floods, the cataclysmic floods that occurred about 12,000 to 20,000 years ago. This area is the nexus of those floods, the site where glaciers formed ice dams and created ancient Glacial Lake Missoula; periodically those ice dams would break, freeing the lake waters to rage all the way to the Pacific Ocean in the greatest floods in world history.

On this last leg riders enjoy breathtaking views along the northern shoreline of Lake Pend Oreille (pronounced pon-duh-ray), the West’s fifth largest natural lake. The ride concludes back at Sandpoint’s City Beach with a warm finish line welcome.

Support and Aid Group (SAG): Full food support and SAG are provided. A lead vehicle and sweep wagon, staffed by a driver, nurse and mechanic patrols the route. Four motorcyclists circle throughout the day to ensure rider safety and protect them along the route. Five full break stops are prepared, at approximate 30-mile intervals, stocked with timely foods, portable bathrooms and staffed with volunteers and mechanics with work stands. Bus services are scheduled to provide mass assistance should weather or forest fire force the ride director to choose such a drastic support.

CHAFE 150 Gran Fondo

 

 
Routes: 30,80,150 miles
Difficulty of Greatest Route: C - Moderate terrain with rolling short steep hills or moderate, sustained climbs
Entry Limit: 500 riders
Time Zone: Pacific Standard Time (PST)
 
Start Times / Itinerary

6:30 a.m. PST

Costs

$35-$75

What's Included?

T Shirt, Breakfast, After Ride Party and BBQ, six fully stocked rest stops. Engraved pint glass, two after ride beers, and full meal.

Packet Pickups

Friday 5-7 pm Sandpoint's City Beach, 58 Bridge Street Sandpoint, ID 83864

Saturday 5:30-9am Sandpoint's City Beach, 58 Bridge Street Sandpoint, ID 83864

Facilities
Adequate Car Parking
Free Parking
Toilets / Changing Rooms
Sign On Desk
Registration/Entry On the Day
Pre-Packet Pickups
 
Support for Participants
Route Signposted
Route Card
First Aid
SAG Wagon
Outriders
Marshalls
Escort / Police Escort
Controlled Intersections
Neutral Support Vehicles
Mechanical Support at Rest Stops
 
Features
Electronic Start/Finish Timing
Results Within 24 Hours
Photos
Post Ride Shower
Fundraising
Finish Line Chute
 
Nutrition
Feed / Aid Stations
Pre Event Meal(s) Provided As Part of Entry
Post Event Meal(s) Provided As Part of Entry
 
Event Size
Less Than 500 Riders
 
Start Address: Sandpoints City Beach, 58 Bridge Street, Sandpoint, ID 83864
 
 
 
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