When in California … host a dirt fondo?
Defending road World Champion Peter Sagan is in California for the Amgen Tour of California that starts on Sunday, and over the weekend, he decided to throw a dirt fondo to finish up his pre-race prep.
Sagan’s on-bike party—the first-ever Sagan Dirt Fondo—started in Truckee, CA, located in the northeast part of the state near Reno, and headed out onto the dirt roads and into the hills north of the city. Truckee also happens to be the home of cycling legend Katerina Nash, and not surprisingly, the Clif Pro Team rider was there to join Sagan and others for the race/ride.
Why California? On the race website, Sagan said, “Not only does California provide some of the best roads and most beautiful scenery in the world, the warmth and friendliness of its people are second to none. I really feel at home whenever I’m there. That’s why I wanted to host an on-bike party in one of my favorite parts of the world.”
The Sagan Fondo had three lengths: the 68-mile Boneyard, 54-mile Grinder and 23-mile Rollout. The course was 60% dirt, 40% pavement and featured one massive 1,500′ climb on the Boneyard route as well as some singletrack and creek crossings.
Both the Women’s and Men’s races for the Boneyard were broken out into 10-year age groups. Olivia Dillon took the overall Women’s win ahead of Nash and Jennifer Schwarz.
Top honors in the Men’s race went to Geoff Kabush, who was followed by Jonathan Baker and Victor Sheldon. Kabush will be tackling the Dirty Kanza 200 next month, so every bit of training likely helps. Cody Kaiser finished 17th and the eponymous Paris-Roubaix-winning host placed 48th.
Women’s Age Group Winners
- Women’s 20-29: Eileen Saller
- Women’s 30-39: Jennifer Schwarz
- Women’s 40-49: Olivia Dillon
- Women’s 50-59: Chrissy Gove
Men’s Age Group Winners
- Men’s U20: Anthony Pritchett
- Men’s 20-29: Jordan Fields
- Men’s 30-39: Erik Nelson
- Men’s 40-49: Geoff Kabush
- Men’s 50-59: Victor Sheldon
- Men’s 60+: Rob Jorgenson
2018 Sagan Dirt Fondo Photo Gallery by Craig Huffman and Jonathan Devich