Gran Fondo riders, stars make stop at Saluda Elementary

Saluda Elementary School hosted one of the rest stops along the route of the 6th Annual Gran Fondo Hincapie Bicycle Ride, held October 21.

Organized by former world-class cyclist George Hincapie and including the routes he rode while training for the Tour de France and the Paris-Roubaix, the Gran Fondo Hincapie offers cyclists a chance to ride 15, 50 or 80 miles.

Riders arriving in Saluda had either climbed Highway 176 from Tryon or Howard Gap and the Green River Cove Road switchbacks before getting to Saluda.

Saluda students Roger Rexroad, Callie Neel, Luke Rexroad and Gabe Mills passed out report cards to riders as they arrived.

Among the riders to stop were celebrity chef Biju Thomas, former professional cyclist Lance Armstrong and actors Patrick Dempsey and Sean Ringgold.