The Palisade Gran Fondo is a timed road cycling event through the orchards and vineyards of western colorado and onto the rugged Reeder and Purdy Mesas.
This year we are offering your choice of two classic Western Colorado road rides- the 68 mile Palisade Gran Fondo and the 40 mile Palisade Piccolo Fondo. Both rides roll out at 8:00AM with a neutralized 4 mile warm up spin along the Colorado River before riders are cut loose to attack the 38 road hill and traverse Palisade’s orchards and vineyards all of the way to Whitewater at their own best pace. Piccolo riders will turn around here and retrace their route, attacking each of the punchy rollers in the opposite direction. Palisade Gran Fondo riders will continue on to be faced with skirting the shoulder of the Grand Mesa as they climb Reeder and Purdy Mesas to 6100feet