Five months out, five reasons to ride a Gran Fondo

By November 20, 20192020 News

Well that snuck up on us! The Early Bird offer is over which means only one thing, the 2020 Clare Classic cannot be far away. Five months to be exact.

If you haven’t yet signed up or are trying to convince a mate to ride the beautiful Clare Valley in April, here are five reasons to experience a Gran Fondo!

1) Challenge yourself

Everyone feels great when they reach a goal. Cycling is a fantastic medium by which to set and smash targets. Furthermore, a Gran Fondo is an even better way. Registering for any of the four rides on offer (160km to 50km) sets your target in stone and provides a tangible goal to reach over the coming months.

2) Explore an unknown cycling destination

Clare Valley may not leap into people’s minds when they think ‘great cycling in Australia’ but don’t knock it until you try it. Located in a world-class wine region, the Clare Classic is certainly one for the bucket list and could give you something to bring up when the conversation turns to ‘out-there’ destinations.

3) Improve your wellbeing, physical and mental

Is there any better way to improve fitness other than cycling? If so we’d love to know about it. Cycling is a proven way to improve general fitness, the health of your heart and overall performance of your cardiovascular system. It is also a proven endorphin generator. Bike = Happy

4) Country roads, take me home

Traffic, often it’s the bane of our sport. But pause for a moment and imagine cycling on quiet country roads. It gets better – you’ll be escorted by local police, followed by support crews, nourished and hydrated at rest stops, and cheered on by enthusiastic event marshals along the way. Sounds like cycling heaven!

5) A good cause

The Clare Classic is not just about the cycling, there’s a more significant reason many will be on the start line come Sunday 5 April and that’s the charity factor. This year’s Bowral Classic saw one group, the High Street Flyers, raise $50,000 for Mary’s House in Sydney. Amazing effort!