On Saturday, April 16, 2016 CGY had it's first-ever CGY Almuni Ride in Portola Valley, California. Conceived from two of CGY's Ambassadors, John Cianciolo and Rob March, they strove to bring together some CGY Alum to have a great ride and get excited for Cycle 2016 this August. Starting and finishing at the famous Alpine Inn in the hills of Palo Alto, John and Rob lead 17 riders, four of which were alumni and the rest good friends, on the Porto Valley Loop, which included the Canada Road. They rode 40 miles with 3,000 feet of elevation and in John's words, "It's a modest climb up Old La Honda... just a walk in the park!" Along the way, there was a man playing a guitar beside the road and two sports cars that coincidentally matched John's CGY Ambassador jersey. With ample sunshine and good cheer highlighting the day, they ended their ride with some burgers and beer at the Alpine Inn.
Whether training for Cycle this August or desiring to ride with some CGY peers for fun, this Alumni Ride was meant to be an exciting and convivial opportunity to get together and bring back some great memories riders experienced while traveling through the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem in previous years and to bolster support and enthusiasm for this year's Cycle Tour! Thank you John and Rob for all of your efforts and charming abilities to grow the CGY community in amazing ways!