Farm to Fork Fondo sponsor GU Energy Labs recently interviewed our founder Tyler Wren on their Pinnacle Podcast. Hear Tyler speak about his career as a pro cyclist, the genesis for Farm to Fork Fondo, his vision for what’s next with the award-winning series. The podcast is hosted by GU’s Yuri Hauswald and Elden ‘Fatty’ Nelson.
In its April issue of 2019, Eating Well offered recommendations for readers looking to add a taste for adventure to their summer. We're excited to announce that the Farm to Fork Fondo series was among four events featured in the Good Life, Travel section, where outdoor activities meet gourmet food.
Various locations Inspired by the Italian tradition of eating heartily on long-distance rides the Farm to Fork Fondo pairs countryside views and locally sourced eats with a day-long, 100-mile ride. Don’t worry, you can opt to do a shorter distance on these rides. Held in Kentucky, North Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts and Vermont, each event kicks off with a Meet the Farmers feast the night before, and concludes with a farm-fresh dinner. And expect fabulous eats along the ride, too. You might sample mint-chip ice cream made with milk from the cows you just passed, a homemade raspberry bar, and a grass-fed beef empanada. Select dates June through October, starting at $40. farmtoforkfondo.com
- Lindsey Warner (2018 Farm to Fork Fondo participant & Eating Well contributor)
When Tyler Wren retired after 13 years as a professional cyclist, he wanted to do something meaningful. He wanted to share some of the best aspects of cycling in way that could have a positive social impact—while still being just plain fun and encouraging people to discover the joy of cycling!
Cycling taught Tyler that there is no limit to the work that can be done to become better. Six years ago, he started Wrenegade Sports which held its first Fondo in Rensselaerville, NY and set the standard for giving back to the host community.
It’s the many land owners who preserve the peaceful rural landscapes and quiet country roads that we as cyclists all enjoy. The Farm to Fork Fondo series is designed to raise awareness of these working rural landscapes, and support and celebrate the symbiotic relationship between cyclists, farms, and beautiful places.
The Farm to Fork Fondo series promotes the farm-to-table social movement. Get ready for a weekend filled with culinary delights made from ingredients sourced from the beautiful farms along the routes.
Foodies can celebrate the night before the event at the Meet the Farmers Dinner. Wine and dine with the farmers and chefs, and enjoy a five course farm-fresh gourmet banquet.
On event day, work up your appetite over challenging courses through beautiful farmland with timed segments, magnificent views, and farm stop aid stations featuring locally sourced treats.
After all the pedalling is done, you can celebrate with the post-ride Farm to Fork Barbecue.
Since Farm to Fork Fondo began in 2014, the number of participants has grown steadily—and so has the number of organizations benefitting and the dollars donated. Wrenegade Foundation was established in 2018. The Foundation’s mission is to leave event host communities better than they found them. They have an innovative approach to supporting social-benefit organizations that positively and tangibly impact the event host communities. Wrenegade Foundation prioritizes giving to initiatives that promote farms and help people enjoy healthy, active lifestyles.
In 2018 alone Wrenegade Foundation donated more than $50,000 to programs from Maine to Virginia, with 48 causes supported, 960 volunteer hours, 53 participating local farms. Wrenegade Sports contributed $184,901 in direct spending at local farms and businesses and $3+ million in total estimated local economic impact in the rural host communities.
Since 2014, more than $100,000 has been donated to support charities and community groups through the Volunteer Competition.
Wrenegade Foundation now operates the Volunteers Competition with generous support from participant donations and regional sponsors.
If the food doesn’t blow you away, the beautifully crafted routes past orchards, dairy farms and vineyards will! There are four routes for all abilities; from the family and friends Ramble Ride, Piccolo, Medio, right up to the Gran Fondo of approximately 80 miles, which typically features over 5,000 feet of climbing and four timed segments.
In true North American Gran Fondo format, cyclists can opt to participate in the Stages Segment Challenge at any of the Farm to Fork Fondo events. The overall male and female winners of the Stages Segment Challenge at each event will win the coveted Polka Chicken Jersey by Pactimo! One lucky participant in the Stages Segment will go home with a brand new Stages power meter worth $800! That’s just one of the many prizes on offer at each Farm to Fork Fondo event.
The Pick-A-Prize Raffle features a huge range prizes from a brand spanking new Bianchi bike to a pair of Panaracer tires.
In 2019, Wrenegade Sports launches its fifth annual Farm to Fork Fondo event series. Information for this season's eight events, including ride details, menus, and featured farms can be found at FarmToForkFondo.com.
The unique farm-to-table bicycle event series now includes stops throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Southeast.
The series has expanded to eight events and is already on course to SELL OUT in advance.
2019 Farm to Fork Fondo Series Calendar
Hudson Valley - June 9: Warwick Valley Winery, Warwick, NY
Asheville - June 30: Hickory Nut Gap Farm, Fairview, NC
Champlain Islands - July 21: Snow Farm Vineyard, South Hero, VT
Finger Lakes - August 10: Atwater Estate Vineyards, Burdett NY
Pennsylvania Dutch - August 24: Cherry Crest Farm, Ronks, PA
Shenandoah - September 15: Belle Grove Plantation, Middletown, VA
Berkshires - September 29: Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield, MA
Louisville - October 20: Hermitage Farm, Goshen, KY
Farm to Fork Fondo is the North East’s Premier cycling series, for more information and to register please visit: farmforkfondo.com
The iconic magazine's Trip of The Year issue highlights our Champlain Islands event in its "33 New Ideas for Adventure."
BEST TRIPS 2019
#19 - FARM TO FORK FONDO - CHAMPLAIN ISLANDS
On this edition of the foodie-friendly Farm to Fork Fondo series, routes of 7 to 93 miles around the Champlain Islands include pit stops stocked with local cider slushies and wood-fired pizzas. Finishers are rewarded with a BBQ feast and a pint of regional craft beer. July 21; from $40.
- Jen Murphy (2015 — 2018 Farm to Fork Fondo participant & Outside contributor)
See full article at: https://www.outsideonline.com/2390770/best-trips-2019
The Warwick Advertiser put out a great article about Farm to Fork Fondo - Hudson Valley! Click here to check out full article, or read what they had to say below:
It's described as a party on wheels where the guests are a unique mix of accomplished cyclists and novice riders.
On a cloudy Sunday morning, June 10, more than 500 cyclists rode from the picturesque Warwick Valley Winery, the host for this year's event, in distance options throughout Orange County for cyclists of all abilities.
Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery, 114 Little York Road, is located between Mt. Eve and Mt. Adam.
The event, "Farm to Fork Fondo," was presented by Wrenegade Sports LLC.
Farm to Fork Fondo is a series of non-competitive cycling events in farmland regions throughout the Northeastern United States.
The mission of the Farm to Fork Fondo series is to highlight and support the symbiotic relationship between cyclists, farmers and beautiful landscapes. Ride options include several on-farm aid stations where participants sample chef-prepared treats made from each farm's ingredients.
After a short countdown, winery co-owner Jason Grizzanti, driving his huge tractor, led the group down the hill from the winery to Little York Road.
The rides throughout Orange County ranged from a 10-mile family friendly "Ramble Ride" to a grueling 87-mile "Gran Fondo."
All the riders finished back at the Warwick Valley Winery, where they had an opportunity to enjoy a country fair style after-ride barbecue and celebration, live music from Vera and the Force Band, a competition awards ceremony, distillery and cidery tasting room; beer and cider garden.
- Roger Gavan
Starting at minute 18:00 listen in on our announcer Ron Manizza chat to Bike Karma in his interview at the National Handmade Bike Show. Ron talks about the unique features of connecting cyclists and the local farms, and the different reactions he sees from riders as they cross that finish line!
Bangor Daily News features a must-read article on Maine's best farm rides, highlighting Farm to Fork Fondo - Maine!
Read the full article at Bangor Daily News.
Don’t expect dry granola bars and orange slices at rest stops during the Farm to Fork Fondo Aug. 24-25 at Pineland Farms Inc. in New Gloucester.
Instead, this event that links riders, farms and chefs offers “small bite” delicacies created from produce on working farms along the routes.
Literally translated from Italian, a “fondo” is a “ride” and is typically a long distance ride, or “gran fondo” organized for large groups of cyclists.
Tyler Wren, owner of Wrenegade Sports and event director for the Farm to Fork Fondo, said he wanted to create a very inclusive and non-competitive riding experience when he designed his local food-centric fondo series.
Maine is just one of eight fondos in the series. Other rides will take place in Vermont, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
“The ‘farm to fork’ is a unique thing we created where you get to choose the distance best for you and ride farm to farm sampling gourmet food,” Wren said. “It’s a celebration of farms, food and fitness for everyone.”
Riders in the Maine fondo can choose from among the family friendly 10-mile ramble, the 35-mile “Piccolo Ride,” the 55-mile “Medio Fondo,” or the challenging 85-mile “Gran Fondo.”
“It’s just a lot of fun and a great way to see local agriculture at its very best,” said Matt Sabasteanski, outdoor recreation director at Pineland. “We are involved for those very reasons.”
Pineland is a 5,000-acre facility that combines a working dairy farm with miles of four-season trails for hiking, bicycling, snowshoeing and skiing.
“We work hard to keep the agricultural piece alive to show to the public,” Sabasteanski said. “The [Farm to Fork Fondo] really fits hand in glove with what we do with running events that keep people engaged and active in the outdoors.”
The fondo is designed with all levels in mind.
“We really pride ourselves on having riding options for all abilities,” Wren said. “At the fondo you will see the pro riders at the front and people on rusty bikes at the back and everything in between.”
Registration fees depend on the route selected and include pre-ride coffee, gourmet snacks at aid stations set up on local farms, a post-ride barbecue and live music at Pineland Farms .
“This event is all about showcasing the importance of farmland preservation and basically telling the stories of these farm families,” Wren said. “We also want to motivate the cycling community to support these farms.”
It’s not a tough sell, Wren said.
“We have a big following and had 500 riders in each of our last two years in Maine,” he said “Maine is really a great place to tell the story of local farms and farming.”
Local endurance sports magazine Adirondack Sports featured Farm to Fork Fondo on the cover of its April 2018 issue. The magazine also has a preview of the Hudson Valley event on page 23.
Pick up a free copy at bike shops, health clubs and other establishments throughout New York's Capital and Adirondack regions, or download the full issue.
Farm to Fork Fondo founder Tyler Wren visited the studios of WVMT AM 620 on April 4, 2018, to chat with Charlie & Ernie on the Morning Show about the upcoming Champlain Islands event and the inspiration for the founding of the award-winning cycling series.
WVMT is the featured sponsor of the 2018 Farm to Fork Fondo - Champlain Islands and will be featuring the event all spring with radio ads and more on-air interviews.
Listen to the full interview below:
Great article from the Richmond Times Dispatch about what Farm to Fork Fondo - Shenandoah is all about.
You can check out the full article here: Richmond Times Dispatch
Bikes, beer and barbecue. It doesn’t get a whole lot better than that, except maybe if you were to throw in some gourmet snacks made by professional chefs using the freshest possible ingredients.
All that and more is coming to Virginia this spring as Wrenegade Sports is bringing their Farm to Fork Fondo series to the Shenandoah Valley the weekend of May 19-20 at Bellegrove Plantation in Middletown.
This is a “ride, not a race,” said Wrenegade Sports founder and former professional cyclist, Tyler Wren.
The focus, according to Wren, is on the “food and the farms,” as the event allows riders to pick comfortable riding distances from 8 to 90 miles, with multiple distance options in between. Participants ride their bikes from farm to farm and sample some good food along the way. While there may not be a jumbo clock posting your time at the finish line, there will be more food in the form of farm-to-table barbecue, a good, cold beverage and live music.
The Gran Fondo (a long bike ride) originated in Italy in the 1970s. Working off the concept of the Italian fondo, Wren wanted to do something a little different by combining food and cycling and farms.
“There is a unique relationship between the cycling community and the farming community,” Wren said.
This relationship stems from long-distance cyclists training and riding in primarily rural areas and farming communities.
After a 13-year career as a professional cyclist, Wren felt fortunate to have the opportunity to follow his passion and wanted to share this love for cycling, farms and open spaces with a broader audience.
“I knew I needed a unique angle to get people excited to get on their bikes,” Wren said.
The idea for the Farm to Fork Fondo was born. Now in its third year, Wren is bringing the first ride to Virginia. All of Wrenegade’s previous fondos have taken place in the Northeast in locations such as Maine, Pennsylvania, Vermont, the Berkshires and New York.
“My hope is that anyone with a rusty bike in the garage can participate in the event,” Wren said.
Over the course of the ride, participants stop at local farms where they are treated to small dishes prepared by professional chefs using ingredients from the farm. Then it’s on to the next stop with more of the same.
The Farm to Fork Fondo concept isn’t just about riding and eating. There is a lifestyle component as well, one that encourages healthy living. The Farm to Fork Fondo website (farmforkfondo.com) offers tips on training, bike maintenance, riding and even a few recipes.
“We’re always striving to make our events very inclusive,” Wren said. “With every innovation or new event we add to the series, we make sure it meets our mission of providing an achievable challenge to people of all ages and abilities, and that a beginner rider with no experience at a cycling event will have just as much fun as one of our featured professional athletes.”
Participants must register for the event in advance with prices ranging from $24.99 for kids participating in the 8-mile ramble ride that includes a stop at one farm to $132.99 for those registering for the 75-90 mile Gran Fondo which stops at six or seven farms along the way. Additional lengths like the Medio Fondo of 45-60 miles and the Piccolo Fondo of 25-40 miles are available as well. For additional information and to register, visit farmforkfondo.com/shenandoah.
"When we finally limped across the finish line—legs crushed but spirits soaring—we knew we hadn’t won the race, but that we’d earned every bite."
Peter Koch of Men's Fitness rode the at Farm to Fork Fondo - Hudson Valley! Read about his experience and his tips on how to conquer the gran fondo here.
New York City Food Policy Lists Farm to Fork Fondo as an Essential Event For New York City Food and Ag Lovers
"Active and outdoorsy agriculture lovers will want to take part in a Farm to Fork Fondo event where you’ll have the chance to cycle meandering country roads through pastoral landscapes while making pit stops at farms along the way to rest, chat with farmers, and fuel-up on regional foods. You’ll also be invited to pre- and post-ride meals full of tasty local food."
Read about all 16 essential events and day trips on the full article!
"Ted Marks looks out over the pastoral view from the deck of Atwater Estate Vineyards, a view that leads the eye past new plantings and burgeoning vines down to the waters of Seneca Lake and beyond. In his eighteen years as proprietor of Atwater, he’s come to embrace both the solace of the winter months and the summer swell of tourists looking to capture the essence of the Finger Lakes. This season, he and his staff are also anticipating their roles as host to the first Finger Lakes Farm to Fork Fondo on June 24 and 25.
What’s that, you say, Farm to Fork Fondo? Scheduled from early June to late September, these one-day farm-to-table events, inclusive of all riding abilities, occur in six different rural farming communities in the northeast, from Maine to Pennsylvania. Rides are designed to immerse participants in all that these regions have to offer, from unique cuisine and libations to spectacular scenery and remarkable residents. Each event kicks off with a Farmer’s Dinner the night before at hosting partners’ venues like Atwater Estate Vineyards. The following morning, riders hit the saddle and head out."
Read the whole article with Tyler Wren and Ted Water here!
"The PA Dutch starts and finishes at the Country Barn, just outside of Lancaster, PA. Each course will take you further into the rich agricultural countryside of Lancaster County, where you’ll pass through the heart of Amish Country. At each aid station, you’ll have a chance to experience the farm and taste a special gourmet treat that represents the farm’s specialty. Once you cross the finish line, you’ll have a gourmet, Farm To Fork barbecue waiting for you, along with music and fun for the whole family. Bianchi, one of the event’s sponsors, will also be giving away two bikes at end of each event."
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The farm-to-table movement has been going strong since the early 2000s. Popular with foodies and sustainability advocates alike, it’s seen as a way to improve food quality with fresher ingredients, support local farmers, and promote overall food safety. Now, that movement is getting a unique two-wheeled twist with events known as Farm to Fork Fondo, providing cyclists with a new way to see — and taste — all that Northeastern regions have to offer.
From now until late September, six different Northeast rural farming communities will host one-day farm-to-table events specifically for cyclists. In 2015, 36 million Americans aged seven and above rode a bicycle at least six times, and these events will allow bike enthusiasts of all abilities to sample regional cuisines and beverages while taking in breathtaking scenic views.
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The third edition of the ride took place at Artwater Estate Vineyards in Burdett Saturday and Sunday.
This is the first time the Finger Lakes hosted the event, which highlights the region's agricultural community, allowing cyclists to ride through the area and enjoy locally sourced meals.
"The Finger Lakes really has all the elements that we're looking for, it's a really strong tourism region, people think of the wine and they want to come here," said Tyler Wren, the event director and founder of Wrenegade Sports.
Organizers said the event is a great way to boost the economy and tourism. Around 400 cyclists signed up for the ride and traveled from 25 different states.
The event raised over $400,000 in the Finger Lakes region.
Upcoming rides will be held in Vermont, PA Dutch, Maine and Berkshires. To learn more, visit http://www.farmforkfondo.com/
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Hudson Valley News Network: Farm to Fork Fondo – Hudson Valley was a "Celebration of Food, Fitness, and Community"
ORANGE COUNTY – Farm to Fork Fondo – Hudson Valley came to Warwick on Jun. 11 bringing with it a celebration of food, fitness, and community.
Despite the 90 degree weather, more than 500 cyclists took to the country roads of Orange County and surrounding towns to sample what farmers had to offer.
The event, which was hosted by Pennings Farm, featured aid stations at seven local farms where riders sampled the farms’ food. “We’re very happy to host the Farm to Fork Fondo,” said Steve Pennings, owner of Pennings Farm. “Wrenegade Sports’ organization skills are second to none and we can’t wait to do it again next year.”
WARWICK — It's described as a party on wheels where the guests are a unique mix of accomplished cyclists and novice riders.
On a warm Sunday morning, June 11, more than 500 cyclists, for the second consecutive year, rode from Pennings Farm and Cidery in distance options for cyclists of all abilities.
The event, "Farm to Fork Fondo," was presented by Wrenegade Sports LLC and hosted by Pennings Farm Cidery and Pennings Market.
A few minutes before the start of the ride, Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus, Town of Warwick Supervisor Michael Sweeton and Tyler Wren, organizer of the event, welcomed and addressed the cyclists.
Neuhaus told the cyclists that the "Farm to Fork Fondo" would highlight Orange County's distinctive agriculture with locally sourced pre- and post-meals, and mid-ride aid stations hosted by working farms.
After a short countdown, Steve Pennings, driving his antique tractor, led the group down the hill from the Cidery to Warwick Turnpike.
The rides throughout Orange County ranged from a 10-mile family friendly "Ramble Ride" to a grueling 87-mile "Gran Fondo."
All the riders finished back at Pennings, where they had an opportunity to enjoy a country fair style after-ride barbecue and celebration.
The Farm to Fork Fondo series is supported by New Holland Agriculture, Colavita USA, Bianchi Bicycles, and other local and national-level sponsors. The series also includes events in Vermont, Pennsylvania Dutch country and Maine, all organized by Wrenegade Sports.
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