2013 Cascade Gran Fondo
Being a chiropractor in Bend, Oregon is really fantastic. I am very blessed to be able to help care for such wonderful patients. For those of you that live in Bend, you also know that we have some amazing athletes that call Bend home. On Sunday August 4, 2013, I had the pleasure of participating in the 3rd annual Cascade Gran Fondo bike ride which offered a choice of several routes including the 75 mile Full Gran Fondo looping around Mount Bachelor and many of the scenic cascade lakes. The event is hosted by professional cyclist and part time Bend, Oregon resident Chris Horner. Chris has accomplished many things on the bike including winning the 2011 Tour of California, being a member of the 2012 USA Olympic cycling team, and having strong performances in several Tour De France races. He is also extremely friendly and of course has the most interesting biking stories. Not only is this event a great way to experience beautiful views of the Cascade Mountains and lakes, but also a great way to support amazing organizations including Mount Bachelor Ski Education Foundation, World Bicycle Relief and LIVESTRONG. I also had fun riding with Bobby Grover from Thump Coffee (and 11 Roasters) as well as Jay Junkin from Jackson's Corner (and Thump Coffee). I personally think Thump Coffee is the best coffee shop around. I also think Jackson’s Corner is the best restaurant around. After riding and talking with Bobby and Jay, I know why. These guys love serving people in Bend Oregon and using their passion and talents to create places and experiences that stand out and bring people together. So…thanks so much to Chris Horner and his wife Megan Horner (who works very hard putting this event together and making people feel welcome and cared for) for a great day of riding through the Cascades. Hopefully the Cascade Gran Fondo will continue to be a fun event that will bless others for many years.