You're invited to a Jackson Hole rite of spring... April 28 or 29, 2018
Join us for this annual ride along one of the most scenic stretches of road in America!
Two distances to choose from...
Gran Fondo Distance • 70 miles
Leaving Home Ranch Parking Lot at 10:00 am
Arriving Bradley-Taggart parking lot at approximately 11:15 am
Ride north to Signal Mountain
Regroup after descent return to town
Piccolo Fondo • 30 miles
Meet at Bradley-Taggart parking lot
Leaving Bradley-Taggart parking lot at +/- 11:15 am
Ride north to Signal Mountain
Regroup after descent, return to Bradley-Taggart
HELP SUPPORT THE BLUEBIRDS! This year we are also taking advantage of this ride to help out the real mountain bluebirds by raising money for the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation's bluebird banding program. The JHWF maintains and monitors the bluebird boxes we ride past on the North Pathway. This year they are implementing a banding program to learn more about the lives of these birds. If you want to help our fine-feathered friends, bring your donation to the start or the after-party and we'll collect it from you.
WHEN? This year the Bluebird Classic will take place before the National Park roads open to vehicles. April 30th is the last day before Park roads open to vehicle traffic. Any last minute announcements will be made via Facebook and Twitter.
WHERE? Gran Fondo riders will leave the Home Ranch Parking Lot at 10:00am. We'll ride north at a social pace to Bradley-Taggart where we will meet up with the Piccolo Fondo riders at +/- 11:15am. We will then ride north at a social pace until the North Jenny junction where things will begin to heat up! If snow levels cooperate we will finish on top of Signal Mountain. First woman and first man to the summit will win some edible treats and bragging rights! Everyone else will be rewarded with awesome views and a fun descent! We'll all regroup at the bottom of Signal Mountain and ride back together via the North Jenny one-way loop.
WHAT? What should you bring? Bring a friend! The roads are a lot more fun that way. And if you get separated it's great to have an ally. Bring extra food! There's always going to be somebody bonking...and it just might be you! Bring your Park pass! We won't get in without it! Bring a donation for the bluebird banding program!
! After Party @ 3:00pm !
This year after the ride we'll be meeting at Pizzeria Caldera for pizza and beer!
Pizzeria Caldera is one of our new business partners and they'll be supporting many of our rides and events this year!
How the Bluebird came to be... "About eight years ago I was on a ride through the vineyards of Sonoma County. The conversation of the day was on what would become Levi’s King Ridge GranFondo. A friend of mine, Giampaulo, shared with me the history of the rides in Italy where he grew up. There, all of the community would come out enmasse and ride at whatever ability/distance they could. It was a community event that reminded me of Old Bill's Fun Run--- crowds of people smiling, pushing themselves. Then, a week later as I found myself watching bluebirds on a cold Wyoming ride I wondered if we could do the same. Could we create an event that captures the spirit of cycling and is inclusive to most all levels? The Bluebird Classic has been riding for seven years thanks to the faithful. The idea was, and still is, to create an experience that celebrates our place, our roads, and our bikes. Let’s see what it can become!" -- Aaron Nydam