Having Fun at the JAM Grand FUNdo

Last Saturday, Laura came to town to settle a bet.

The prize was the JAM Grand Fundo a fund-raising ride for up-and-coming young cyclists. It’s an incredibly popular event, headed up by National Cyclocross Champion Jeremy Powers, who happens to be a local.

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Jeremy Powers gives us last minute instructions before the start.

We signed up for this event back in March. Laura has had a TON of life event stuff going on, and I’m impressed she found the time to eek out an entire weekend in western Mass. After a big interstate move, she underwent surgery for a problematic thyroid. A couple of days later, she discovered that it was cancer. The good news was that the cancer was completely removed with the surgery. That said, we made the call to downgrade from the Fundo (70 miles, 6500 ft of climbing) to the Mini-Fundo (40 miles, 3500 feet of climbing).  It was the right call. The ride was still tough, still  beautiful, still packed with great folks who just enjoyed the picture perfect day for riding bikes with others in the cycling community.

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After the event, we hung out for the BBQ, the local micro brew, and baked goods. I got to chat with a few friends from the cyclocross season and briefly connect with my new team’s captain Kathy from KIT.

The following day we struck out for a little recovery mountain biking at Nonotuck Park.

Screen Shot 2015-07-28 at 11.31.03 PMIt was a great weekend and Laura & I finally got to ride together, which was pretty cool. Now that she’s moved slightly further north, we’re hoping to get together again for another day of fun on bikes, and perhaps a replay of the Fundo, this time the 70 mile version.

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About Karen

Mid-life female amateur athlete focused on cyclocross, mountain biking, and road cycling.

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