The Gran Fondo Moab will be emulating an old Italian tradition. We will be riding the most spectacular mountain pass in the Manti-La Sals, widely known as the Loop Road. We will start and finish in the beautiful red rocks of Moab, Utah and will climb over 5500 feet in 60 miles.
This cycling event will not be run
as a sanctioned race, as a majority of the riders will be participating
for the enjoyment of riding a signed route through beautiful scenery
with their friends and teammates. That said, as any serious cyclist
knows, there is also satisfaction with not only completing an epic ride
but with comparing your times with other riders afterward. We will
ensure that all riders receive an accurate time and placing for
their efforts. Safety is paramount on this ride, as we will be riding
open, narrow, mountain roads.
The Gran Fondo Moab will have MASS start
with overall results and results broken up by age groups. The route
will have something for everyone with its steep climbs and rolling
hills, flat sections and gorgeous scenery. This will be a cycling event
that you will remember. Come join us!
The La Sal Range (or La Sal Mountains) is
located in Grand and San Juan counties, near the eastern border of the
state of Utah, and rising above the town of Moab. This range is part of
the Manti-La Sal National Forest and the southern Rocky Mountains. The
maximum elevation is at Mount Peale, reaching 12,721 feet (3,877 m)
above sea level. The range contains three clusters of peaks separated by
passes. The peaks span a distance of about 18 miles (25 km). The name
of the range dates to Spanish times, when the Sierra La Sal (meaning the
“Salt Mountains”) were a prominent landmark on the Old Spanish Trail
between Santa Fe and Los Angeles.
Register at https://granfondomoab.com/
The Loop Road
The La Sal Mountain Loop Road features an
amazing variety of canyon country scenery. The 65-mile long route
follows the Colorado River for a while, then it heads to the La Sal
Mountains through beautiful Castle Valley.
The route through La Sals provides
incredible views of the 12,000+ foot peaks and the red rock valleys far
below. Finishing the loop takes one back to Moab via Spanish Valley