The second annual Red Bluff Gran Fondo had a record turnout of cyclists riding three different routes. This year’s event also included a children’s fun ride that attracted 35-40 riders. There were approximately 210 riders that covered most of Lawrence County on their rides. A new Petit Fondo was added this year that covered 38 miles from Monticello to Silver Creek, New Hebron, and back to the starting line in Monticello. The longer rides, for more experienced cyclists, covered 65 and 103 miles in the southern part of Lawrence County with dips into Marion and Jefferson Davis Counties. The Monticello Block Party included bands; vendors with homemade, hand-crafted, and homegrown items; a cookie bake-off; and food vendors. According to race registration forms, Lawrence County citizens or former residents who rode in the event included Lynn Pippen, third place male winner of the Petit Fondo; Amanda Henderson, second place female winner of the Petit Fondo; Sherri Cox , third place female winner of the Petit Fondo; Eskria Rhodes; Levi Weeks; Alston Bozeman; and Sarah (Sally) Tynes. Phil Gaimon, one of this year’s retired professionals, filmed his Youtube show during the event. The show is expected to highlight the race and some of the local terrain and attractions.
Photos Courtesy of Glen Weeks