100 cyclists with face masks time-trialed through the Umpqua National Forest Saturday at the annual Oregon Gran Fondo in Cottage Grove USA on 107-mile gran fondo and 61-mile medio fondo routes.

Race organizer Mudslinger Events put extra COVID-19 measures in place to assure rider safety during this year’s competition.

“Two-and-a-half bike lengths, that’s how close you should be to somebody,” Mudslinger owner Mike Ripley announced. “We’re going to be doing a self-start. We have a three-hour time window to start everybody. Everybody is not going to arrive at the same time. That’s important for safety.”


Legendary Landshark frame builder John Slawta took part in the gran fondo and finished 3rd in the 55-59 mens category with a time of 6:03:25.

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