BURNT BRIDGE as part of the Cowichan Valley Regional District, is the host region for one of the most anticipated mass participation cycling events in BC. On September 25, hundreds of participants will take to the exclusive gravel roads of the Cowichan Valley in the 3rd Annual BURNT BRIDGE CLASSIC GRAVEL FONDO. Launching from fabled BURNT BRIDGE, cycling enthusiasts of various age groups and abilities will tackle 76km of remote challenging terrain consisting of long steep climbs, twisty descents, and breathtaking views.
WHAT IS A GRAVEL FONDO?
“Imagine pedaling over jagged marbles, sand, or if it rains, through chunky peanut butter. In some places, gravel roads are like rutted, bone-jarring washboards. Think of the worst piece of asphalt you’ve ever ridden.”
Gravel Fondo’s are mass participation (individual timed event for 2020) cycling adventure rides that take place usually on exclusive gravel roads away from city roads and busy highways. It allows people to ride at their own pace, enjoy nature, and share their experiences with family and friends.
Although Gravel Fondo’s offer some support, They emphasize self reliance and feature few amenities. Riders need to be technically savvy and bring any gear they might need to replace or fix tires, chains, or any other possible pitfalls.