Last weekend, LYNX club member Trish travelled to Malibu, CA and took part in an event called “Phil’s Cookie Fondo”. Here is her review of this unique event!
“I met Phil Gaimon at the Tour of Alberta in Edmonton in 2016. He rode for Cannodale-Drapac then. My brother was telling me that Phil was known to have his fans bring cookies to him at his race events. I had my picture taken with him and Phil signed the bag of cookies I had! That Fall, Phil decided to retire from professional cycling. I started to follow him on Social Media and saw he created his own Cookie Fondo in November 2016. I thought it would be cool to ride the event but the timing was off for me to attend that year.
Early in 2017, Phil announced that his Cookie Fondo for 2017 would be in October so I registered day 1 for the Sugar Cookie route. As time passed, more details were added to the event including the VIP Cookie Connoisseurs package which included:
Registration for any route:
- Mini chip: 33 miles
- Sugar Cookie: 50 miles & 3200ft of climbing
- Chocolate Chi: 88miles & 8400ft of climbing
- Double Fudge 113miles & 11400ft of climbing
2 night hotel accommodation
Full Castelli Cookie kit (jersey is like a King of the Mountain top with cookies as the polka dots)
Saturday warm-up ride with Phil & Cannondale-Drapac pros (Alex Howes, Michael Woods)
Saturday afternoon book launch & lunch
Saturday night dinner with the pros
Hotel and event shuttle service
& all the gourmet cookies you could eat!
SO MUCH SWAG!!!
Rest stops were full of great nutrition including Clif peanut butter filled bars, fruit, pretzels, cookies, etc. There was even a stop across from the beach with gourmet coffee too. And the food at the end was all gourmet and to die for!!! The pros rode up and down each course and stopped for selfies whenever you wanted. The ride started into 45mph winds and the temperature reached 96 degrees Fahrenheit. We faced the wind on the climbs as well as heading back to the finish. This was the hardest event I have competed in so far but there was no competitive feel on the course.
The best part was how down to earth Phil Gaimon was. I asked him how hard the ride was going to be and he said there were some good long climbs on the route I chose. He was never rushing to move on to the next ‘fan’. Phil took time to talk to everyone, sign books & jerseys, and responded to all on Social Media.
It was a jam packed two day event but SO well worth it. I would definitely do it again. Next time I think I would change out my gearing; yes those climbs were a challenge!!!”
Thanks for sharing this race report Trish! This event sounds AWESOME! And, who doesn’t like cookies? Click here for more information on Phil’s Cookie Fondo.