On August 4th, a handful of adventurous and courageous Niner employees headed out to the FoCo Fondo to test the merits of their bikes and fitness on the gravel roads of Fort Collins, Colorado. The great part about a fondo is you can make it as competitive or as relaxed as you want it to be. The main objective, of course, is to have the most fun possible, which looks different for each person. Some of us chose to keep it at 100 all day, just pinned. While others chose the more relaxed, pedal and chill kinda option. The bike of choice for this ride was clearly the RLT 9 RDO, but the BSB 9 RDO, our cyclocross bike, made a few appearances as well. Both bikes were well suited for the loose gravel and off camber farming tracks.
Starting and finishing at the infamous New Belgium Brewery, the ride took participants around some of the most remote dirt roads near Fort Collins. The aid stations along the course were manned by local businesses, local being an important theme for this race. Once you survived the gravel roads, some of which were pretty primitive, riders arrived back at New Belgium where one could kick back, relax and enjoy tacos, beer and live music.
If you’ve ever been gravel curious, a gravel fondo like the FoCo Fondo is a terrific way to dip your foot in to test the waters of the gravel grinder scene.