Another Grand Slam!

Three strikes and you’re out, but what happens when you hit three home runs in a row? In bowling, three consecutive strikes is called a “turkey.” We’re not sure what to call it – definitely not a turkey! – but our third annual Gran Fondo Hundo was a resounding success.

 

Higher Gear Gran Fondo Hundo WBR World Bicycle Relief 3 third annual Kenosha Kingfish Gearhead

 

Those who have participated in all three years of the ride agree that there was something magical about number three. It could have had something to do with the perfect weather, but clear blue skies and sunshine have blessed all three of our Hundo events. It wasn’t the Kingfish’s performance, as their performance made them look to be a little like fish out of water.

Perhaps it was the new route that captivated new and returning Hundo riders. Perhaps it was the additional 4km that made riders feel an even greater sense of accomplishment. (104km = 64.65 miles, for those married to the Imperial System.)

 

Higher Gear Gran Fondo Hundo WBR World Bicycle Relief 3 third annual Kenosha Kingfish Gearhead

 

Perhaps it was the BBQ at Simmons Field or the Clif Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal pouches at the rest stop. (Everybody loved the Clif oatmeal!) Perhaps it was the homemade lemonade at the finish compliments of Team Vellon.

 

Higher Gear Gran Fondo Hundo WBR World Bicycle Relief 3 third annual Kenosha Kingfish Gearhead Team Vellon

 

Perhaps it was the character of Harry the Canary at Simmons Field or that of Cassette the elephant at Rest Stop #2.

 

Higher Gear Gran Fondo Hundo WBR World Bicycle Relief 3 third annual Kenosha Kingfish Gearhead

 

Perhaps it was all those people who donated to World Bicycle Relief in the name of our Gran Fondo Hundo 2016. Perhaps it was the volunteers who worked behind the scenes to make our event run smoothly.

 

Higher Gear Gran Fondo Hundo WBR World Bicycle Relief 3 third annual Kenosha Kingfish Gearhead volunteers

 

Perhaps it was the mix of people – from Saturday Morning Group Ride regulars to new friends who joined us for the first time. Perhaps it was the wide range of bikes – from Pepe’s stealthy Venge to Omar’s fat bike; from Jack Hall’s Lightspeed to rider #85 tacking on extra miles riding his heavy hybrid up from Chicago; from David Dolan’s speedy whip to his wife Marie’s carbon Specialized Vita hybrid – that successfully traversed the 104km from Wilmette to Kenosha.

 

Higher Gear Gran Fondo Hundo WBR World Bicycle Relief 3 third annual Kenosha Kingfish Gearhead Omar fat bike

 

Perhaps it was our group of fast riders who raced their way to Kenosha. Perhaps it was rider #85’s grand finish, arriving just before the game started. Perhaps it was Dylan Eyler‘s first Hundo finish and longest ride to date.

 

Higher Gear Gran Fondo Hundo WBR World Bicycle Relief 3 third annual Kenosha Kingfish Gearhead Eyler

 

Perhaps it was Specialized‘s Dan Schroeder, John McCormick and McCormick’s Dream Bike, throwing out the first pitch on Simmons Field. Perhaps it was the Buffalo Bike introduced on Simmons Field by Pepe and Ruth-Anne during the seventh inning stretch along with a big fat check made out to World Bicycle Relief.

 

Higher Gear Gran Fondo Hundo WBR World Bicycle Relief 3 third annual Kenosha Kingfish Gearhead baseball Specialized Venge John McCormick

 

Higher Gear Gran Fondo Hundo WBR World Bicycle Relief 3 third annual Kenosha Kingfish Gearhead baseball

 

Perhaps was the more than $32,000 already raised for World Bicycle Relief by the time the ride left our parking lot Sunday morning. (That number is now at almost $36,000 and 243 Buffalo Bicycles donate! Our deadline for the Dream Bike competition is Monday, August 15th, so we expect this number to keep climbing.) Click here to get to our fundraising page >>

 

Higher Gear Gran Fondo Hundo WBR World Bicycle Relief 3 third annual Kenosha Kingfish Gearhead Ruth Anne Renaud

 

Whatever it was, Sunday, July 31st was a perfect combination of fun and fundraising, bikes and baseball, beer and BBQ, and friends and Higher Gear family. If you were there, thank you for making our day a success. If you weren’t there, stay tuned to our Facebook page and our weekly newsletter for more fun events.

 

Higher Gear Gran Fondo Hundo WBR World Bicycle Relief 3 third annual Kenosha Kingfish Gearhead group

 

Higher Gear Gran Fondo Hundo WBR World Bicycle Relief 3 third annual Kenosha Kingfish Gearhead

 

 

 

Pre-Ride Photos
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Along-the-Route Photos
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Ballpark Photos
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Special thanks to our friends at World Bicycle Relief, Specialized, Clif Bar, RaceTime Transport and to all of our Hundo participants who make our annual Hundo event a success.

And thank you to Dan Schroeder, Eric Blankenship, John McCormick, Jack Hall, Larry Berlin, Tom Renaud and Andrew and Angela from RaceTime Transport for posting your photos from the day.

 

 

 

 

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