Lead group like Alex Howes and phil? or did they ride alone?
they wimped out and rode the shorter course. LOL
Phil actually sent out an email:
PHIL SAYS DON'T DO THE DOUBLE FUDGE!
When Phil was designing the routes for his Fondo, he designed the Chocolate Chip first, to be the perfect day on the bike for an experienced rider. Then he heard someone who'd recently done a different Gran Fondo, complaining that the course was wimpy. Phil's ego couldn't allow anyone to call HIS ride too easy, so he designed the double fudge, with more climbs, a serious descent, and too many miles, but that doesn't mean that you should do it! The double fudge is a great bike ride with challenging terrain and a real accomplishment, but most of our riders would prefer the chocolate chip or the sugar cookie. Phil and the pros will line up at the chocolate chip, and you'll be glad to finish in time to enjoy the expo. We recommend you leave the double fudge to the crazies who want extra suffering and too much of a good thing.
HOW TO DOWNGRADE:
No need to contact us. We've already printed the numbers for the rider packs, so if you signed up for the double fudge, that's where you go at registration. If you want to do something different, simply view the rider guide for your start time and follow the arrows accordingly on course.
IF YOU STILL WANT TO TRY IT:
Check the map, and you'll see a handful of bailout points on PCH, where you go straight instead of up the climb. You're better off doing the chocolate chip so you experience the great hills, but we want everyone back at the festival before it gets dark.