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Tour Colorado wine country by bike with the Palisade Gran Fondo June 4

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On June 4, the Palisade Gran Fondo returns after a wildly successful first season with two classic road rides through Western Colorado: the 72-mile Palisade Gran Fondo and 40-mile Palisade Piccolo Fondo. Starting and ending in Palisade — portal to Colorado's wine country — the rides showcase the orchards, vineyards, mesas and farmlands that make the Grand Valley a uniquely beautiful place to live, visit and ride.

Participants receive on-course support with a roving mechanic, aid stations stocked and a sag wagon for those who need help getting back to the party. State-of-the-art chip timing gives Gran Fondo riders instant, accurate results during the day, whether they choose to hammer for a podium finish, crush a personal record, or take a more leisurely approach to the day.

"Gran Fondos are a great European tradition taking hold in the states because they give riders of all abilities a chance to challenge themselves on an epic ride that is timed, but not actually structured as a race," said David Fisher, the event co-founder with Palisade Velo. "The amazing agricultural community and rural roads we have at the east end of the valley make for a perfect Gran Fondo atmosphere".

While top finishers will receive podium glory, all riders share the chance to win awesome giveaways, including a DT SWISS wheelset. The post-ride party in the park at Peach Bowl Park in Palisade features local food, beer and wine.

For more details about this event, including links to course maps and registration info, head to the official ride website at http://www.palisadegranfondo.com.

2016 Palisade Gran Fondo

What: Two road rides through the wine and fruit country of Palisade, featuring a 72-mile Gran Fondo and 40-mile Piccolo Fondo

When: Saturday, June 4 at 8 a.m.

Where: Peach Bowl Park starting line, 600 Logan Avenue in Palisade

Cost: $50-60 per person

Online registration closes on June 2 or when all sports are claimed. The 72-mile Gran Fondo is $60 for men and women. The 40-mile Piccolo Fondo is $50 for men and women. Both races also include a tandem option. All solo and tandem riders in the Gran Fondo event are timed. To register or find out more, see the event website at http://www.palisadegranfondo.com. You can also contact event organizer Jen Sliney at 510-910-1608 or by email at Palisadevelo@gmail.com.

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