On September 10th, while thousands of skinny tires were making their way up to Whistler, the NSMBA board sent out the President and the Director of Memberships to answer the age old question: How many trails on Fromme can you ride in one day?
This would be the 2nd annual #frommefondo.
words+photos from Cynthia Young:
It’s fun to get nostalgic sometimes. And it’s fun to ride your bike all day.
When the NSMBA prez and all-around adventure guy, Vince Beasse, invited me to join him for his ‘Fromme Fondo’, it sounded absolutely ridiculous, so of course I was in. Vince, like myself, and maybe like you too, has ridden the Whistler Gran Fondo at least a couple of times. Looking for a diversion from the skinny tire parade up the Sea-to-Sky highway, he set out on his own in September of 2015 to see how many trails on Fromme he could ride in one day. For this year, the second annual installment of this insanity, he let me tag along to document the ride and carry his snacks. What ensued was everything I’ve grown to love about Fromme with an extra dose of history.
I love it when a plan comes together. Vince had a plan. The weather was ideal. Now we just had to get after it.
Starting with the higher and more difficult trails, we checked off Upper Oilcan, Bookwus, 7th, Leppard, and Crinkum Crankum without much trouble. There were frequent stops to chat with the rad people we met along the way, a bunch of time spent ‘gram-ing’, and at least a couple of crashes. And miles of smiles while we enjoyed the recent work that Old Man Pete has put into trails on the north side of Mountain Highway.