Gran Fondo Brings Over 900 Riders to Garrett County
Last Updated on Jul 1, 2019 at 12:51pm | Tourism & Recreation
The 2019 Garrett County Gran Fondo
brought hundreds of bikers from ages 12 to 78 to the Garrett County area in an attempt to be crowned the “King of the Mountain.”
Kelly Williamson, a 49-year- old from Naples, Florida, was the King of the Mountain overall with an average median percentage of 55.80. Jill Patterson, a 38-year-old Alexandria, Virginia, native, was third overall in the KOM with a median percentage of 60.21 and was the highest ranked overall female competitor.
The Garrett County Gran Fondo is not a race. The King of the Mountain champions are crowned based on seven timed KOM climbs within the Garrett County Gran Fondo rides. The timed KOM climbs cover 14.8 miles and 5400 feet of elevation gain.
Williamson had the best time at 5 of the 7 KOM timed climbs while Patterson was in the top four during 4 of the 7.
Tyler Kirkwood, 25, of Frostburg, was second place overall and also managed to finish in the top four in 6 of the 7 KOM timed climbs (finishing with the second-best time on four different occasions).
The event featured several Gran Fondo events/rides. The feature event was the “Diabolical Double,” which stretches 126.2 miles and has over 16,500 feet of climbing. Riders also took part in the “Savage Country,” the “Masochistic Metric,” the “Fabulous 44,” and the “Garrett’s Greatest 25.”
All riders who finished received a finisher medal which commemorated the 10th anniversary of the event. Riders on the 100 and 125 also had the chance to take in the Dedication of the Lefty Grove Memorial.
All proceeds from the GC Gran Fondo went to Garrett Trails Nonprofit Organization to benefit trails throughout the area.
Next year’s Garrett County Gran Fondo is slated for June 20, 2020.