Fort Collins, CO: 2020 may have been a wild ride, but FoCo Fondo is back for 2021 and ready to party. Year 5 version 2 will bring an exclusive VIP experience on July 24th and the main party July 25th. The ride is seeing all small business and community-minded partners return despite a roller coaster years. The 2021 FoCo Fondo is run by power-couple Zack and Whitney Allison and they are seeking to help riders redefine their limits and enjoy the gravel racing challenge.
Four route options include approximate 12-, 25-, 50-, and 115-mile Bite the Bullet Challenge. We are committed to expanding our efforts to create an inclusive event. To add to our commitment of supporting diversity in cycling, 10 compensated entries were available for BIPOC cyclists. These have already been filled, and then some for 2021. Our commitments to supporting families riding include a Strider course hosted by Scheels Johnstown, free entries for Kids 12 and under, reduced rates for teens, and funding Safe Routes to School after-school bike clubs that serve kids of all economic statuses.
The routes finish with a cycling festival, the Fondofest, at iconic New Belgium Brewing, complete with live music, announcer Dave Towle, vendors, Ibis bike demos, Strider kid’s course, catered lunch, and, of course, New Belgium beer. Early bird pricing is available until March 17thd. Day-of registration will also be available.
2021 will have a full bike race, start to finish, for the 107 mile Bite the Bullet Challenge with a $4000 prize purse equally split between men and women. Riders who finish under a prestigious time limit on the Bite the Bullet Challenge win a FoCo Fondo bolo tie.
FoCo Fondo fills the space between sanctioned races and supported group rides, providing competitive components, but first and foremost, encouraging adventure and self-challenge. Riders will pass through remote old-time western towns, grasslands, parks and open spaces before making their way back to New Belgium Brewing for a festival celebrating cycling. Get signed up at focofondo.com.
About Foco Fondo: FoCo Fondo was founded from a love of exploration and adventure in 2016. This love took the event to the quiet rolling gravel hills of Northern Colorado. The FoCo Fondo seeks to share this love of exploration and adventure with Fort Collins no matter the mileage.