Every Fall I try to pick a couple of Fondos, put them on the schedule, and plan a weekend around them. The past couple of years the "Coeur D’ Fondo" in Coeur D’ Alene, Idaho has been a top pick. Let’s face it-who doesn’t love a fun weekend of bike racing, riding and Oktoberfest? If you have never been to CDA, it’s a small town built on an amazingly beautiful lake surrounded by mountains. The fondo has lots of length options including one that ends with a ferry ride/happy hour back across the lake to town.
New last year was the inclusion of a crit race on Saturday under the lights through the closed off downtown streets. While I didn’t race it this year, it’s on the agenda for next year. The course streaks by lots of outdoor restaurants and bars that are packed with people cheering, heckling and generally having a great time… I am IN!
After putting the bikes into the bike check, we settled in for a great afternoon of wandering the town and enjoying the food, drink and live music that the city had going on.
I am already looking forward to the 2016 version and more burritos!