A Weekend of #SierraTogether in the Snow-capped Eastern Sierras

  • Posted on 1 May 2023
  • By Jennifer Gregg, Chapter Fundraising Officer
On April 28th and 29th, pro-cyclist and Angeles Chapter supporter Phil Gaimon hosted Whiskey Tango Fondo, an epic cycling event in the Alabama Hills area of the Eastern Sierras. The event brought together 500 gravel bike riders from all over the US and Canada to test their skills on 50, 70, or 100 mile courses, climbing as much as 11,750 feet. Riders experienced the contrast of the year’s first heat wave while also enjoying views of the Owens Valley. 
Phil snags a selfie on the snow mountain road
The Angeles Chapter and Toiyabe Chapter Range of Light Group joined efforts to spread the message of “explore, enjoy, and protect the planet.” Nearly 60% of all visitors to the Eastern Sierras are from southern California, so bringing these two chapters together truly demonstrated the concept of One Sierra.
A rider scans our QR code to learn more about Sierra Club membership
Sierra Club volunteers attended events in Lone Pine and at the festival in Independence, CA where they were able to connect with riders who were curious about their impact on the trails and how they can become more involved in fighting climate change. 
The night before the event, the Sierra Club hosted a casual campfire where riders could snack on s’mores, make new friends, and learn about the region. On Saturday and Sunday, members of the Range of Light Group hosted a wildflower hike in the Alabama Hills area, giving event participants another point of view of this beautiful area.
Riders stop for water at one of several aid stations along the trail
Out on the trails, Sierra Club volunteers were present at several aid stations to support riders during their well-earned breaks. Back at the festival, riders stopped by the Sierra Club booth to chat and give lots of thanks for our support out on the course.
We are so thankful to Phil for bringing the cycling world into a space where we can responsibly enjoy the many ways people can explore the planet. This event was a great example of how passion for outdoor activities translates into protecting the planet. 
Phil's dog cools off under the Sierra Club banner
“We have huge opportunities and momentum behind solutions to this crisis. We are powerful together. Each and every one of us can be part of this movement for the planet.” - Phil Gaimon
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