The 2013 Mammoth High Sierra Fall Century and Gran Fondo, according to Randy Fendon, is “shaping up to be the biggest and best ever in its 18 year history.” Fendon said that the way things are trending now, there should be a minimum of 600 cyclists leaving the Village in Mammoth at 7:30am on Saturday, 9/7 for the 102 mile century ride and they will all be retuning between 12:30pm and 5pm that afternoon to a huge after-ride party, gourmet buffet-meal, live music, Kamikaze Bike Games Expo at the Village and Kamikaze Bike Games races that evening at Canyon Lodge with even more live music and fun. There will also be another 200-300 riders rolling out from Whitmore Ball Fields for the shorter 60, 45, and 30 mile routes the same Saturday morning.
Organizers are encouraging people to sign up for the variety of routes. Fendon said, “There is something here for everyone of every ability.” He said there is plenty of support, rest stops, food and a great after-ride festival. Go to www.FallCentury.org for info and to register. Volunteers are also needed. Check the event website for that too.
A variety of pros and special guests will also attend. Fendon said, “We also have various local volunteer and charitable organizations hosting our rest stops (including but not limited to Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra, Mono County Search and Rescue, Mono Lake Committee, and others)” Fendon said, “For doing so, they will get a donation from the event. These folks and their groups are amazing and really treat our ride participants well,” he said. All net proceeds of the High Sierra Fall Century and Gran Fondo and the Kamikaze Bike Games go to the Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation for its charitable work in supporting youth education and sports development.
Organizers of the event say they encourage the Community of Mammoth Lakes and all interested local citizens of Mono and Inyo Counties to line-up on Main Street in Mammoth that Saturday morning to cheer the riders on as they leave on their Century or Gran Fondo ride and also come back in the afternoon to cheer them on as they complete their ride. Fendon said, “all manner of enthusiasm and craziness would be great – cowbells, cheering, music/boom boxes, crazy outfits and costumes, etc. would really make our ride participants feel welcome and inspired.”
Again, for more information, go to the Fall Century & Gran Fondo Website: www.fallcentury.org