Peacham Fall Fondo 2019

Gretchen Boswell and Ian Boswell, launching Peacham Fall Fondo on September 21, 2019.

Gretchen Boswell and Ian Boswell, launching Peacham Fall Fondo on September 21, 2019.

Good Gravel, Great People

For the second year in a row, Gretchen and Ian Boswell knocked it out of the park for their Peacham Fall Fondo.

The day could not have been more perfect: the weather, the route, the extras, and most of all, the people.

The beneficiary for this year’s fondo is the Love Your Brain Foundation, whose mission is “to improve the quality of life of people affected by traumatic brain injury through programs that build community and foster resilience.”

Love Your Brain was co-founded by Adam Pearce, whose brother Kevin suffered a near fatal TBI in 2010.

Pro rider Ian Boswell became connected with Love Your Brain after suffering a TBI in a crash while racing in Italy.

Love Your Brain Foundation
Lots of swag available in the Silent Auction to benefit Love Your Brain.

Lots of swag available in the Silent Auction to benefit Love Your Brain.

Community

The Peacham Fall Fondo really stands out from the crowd in how involved and supportive the whole community is around the race. From the plentiful, enthusiastic volunteers to the mid-ride pie stop at the Peacham Library, you really get the feeling the whole town comes together on this one.

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Community support comes from Peacham Volunteer Fire Department & EMS, Peacham Town Hall, Peacham Road Crew, Peacham Community Housing, Peacham Congregational Church, and the many Peacham Community Members who gave time, energy, and pies!

John from  Peacham Carriage Company  is an enthusiastic supporter of PFF.

John from Peacham Carriage Company is an enthusiastic supporter of PFF.

Perks

The event has a lot of nice touches, like a coffee set up (I always want a cup after a ride!) and keepsake-quality ride numbers, not to mention a swag bag.

Coffee!

Coffee!

A ride number worth keeping, designed by  Craig Harrison .

A ride number worth keeping, designed by Craig Harrison.

 
Swag Bag.

Swag Bag.

 

Barns

Vermont is known for its barns, and PFF didn’t disappoint.

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And sugar shacks…

And sugar shacks…

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Friends

Of course, one of the best things about a ride like this is getting to see your cycling friends.

with bikekitz friend and  Maven  owner  Kayla Brannen

with bikekitz friend and Maven owner Kayla Brannen

With bikekitz friend Fran Plaisted.

With bikekitz friend Fran Plaisted.

 
with ride friends Nancy McLean and Kathy Bennett

with ride friends Nancy McLean and Kathy Bennett

 
Prodigal upper valley-ite Dani Hubein did the ride with her dad.

Prodigal upper valley-ite Dani Hubein did the ride with her dad.

Liz and Dan, all smiles after riding PFF on their mountain bikes

Liz and Dan, all smiles after riding PFF on their mountain bikes

Primo Gravel

The condition of the gravel was pretty much perfect.

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Vermont+gravel+road
 
Perfect gravel, plus a barn.

Perfect gravel, plus a barn.

 

Pie!

The PFF route is shaped like a figure 8, with two loops that return to the start in the center of Peacham. The Peacham Library organizes a sag stop here with pies homebaked by members of the Peacham community. So many pies, so little time!

 
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Peacham Fall Fondo Pie Stop

Volunteers

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The course is well marked, with volunteers at every major intersection stopping traffic and keeping riders on course.

Riders are greeted by these enthusiastic volunteers at the top of the longest climb on the first loop of the ride.

Riders are greeted by these enthusiastic volunteers at the top of the longest climb on the first loop of the ride.

Post Ride Eats

Riders received two free slices from  Woodbelly Pizza .

Riders received two free slices from Woodbelly Pizza.

And this nice man gave me…

And this nice man gave me…

…this nice  Zero Gravity  beer.

…this nice Zero Gravity beer.

 
Derrick of  Genuine Jamaican  in Barnet, Vermont, had jerk chicken and other choices on offer.

Derrick of Genuine Jamaican in Barnet, Vermont, had jerk chicken and other choices on offer.

 
The  Blackberry Bushes String Band  played acoustic Americana.

The Blackberry Bushes String Band played acoustic Americana.

Vermont

But let’s face it, the real star of the show was Vermont herself.

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Have you done the Peacham Fall Fondo? What did you think? Even if you didn’t do it this year, will you do it next year?

**Correction: The design for the race number plates was incorrectly attributed in an earlier version of this post. Craig Harrison designed the ride number plates and the posters for Peacham Fall Fondo 2019.