Gran Fondo NJ
Gran Fondo NJ encourages participation from all levels, from Pro Teams to weekend warriors to cyclists just starting out. With our overlapping routes, there will be a mix of cyclists of all abilities along the route - especially in the closing miles. We believe that our "timed climb" format provides plenty of competitive challenge for those seeking it, and an excellent balance of competition and rider safety. Speeds in competitive sections of the course are naturally controlled by the forces of gravity.
With this format Teams and Clubs can ride as a group along the route, and save the competition to the timed hill climbs - there is no "penalty" for the faster riders to wait at the top of the climb for other members in their group. As well, we encourage all participants to relax and refuel our amazing rest stops.
Participants can select from any of 5 distances at the time of registration.
By far our most popular route, the Gran Fondo covers a full century (107 miles) of cycling, four challenging timed hill climbs, with 8,847’ of climbing in total and a spectacular ride to the Delaware River and back.
The Migrane (between the Medio and the Gran) 75 miles, 3 timed climbs, 6,000’ of climbing and 4 rest stops.
With two timed hill climbs, 62 miles of country roads and over 5,220’ of climbing, our Medio route offers spectacular country views and a challenging way to spend a day of cycling. The Medio route was named by the editors of Bicycling Magazine to their list of "The 50 Best Rides in America".
Our 42-mile Piccolo route has 3,412' of total climbing and one timed hill climb, the Mendham “Mile” (actually just a tad over 2 miles in length).
Our 18-mile Breve route offers the perfect challenge to entry-level cyclists wanting to experience the Gran Fondo atmosphere.
Lavish rest stops every 20 miles or so (half way on the Breve Route) with signature foods (Cannolis, Gelatos, Affogatos [Espresso served up over a scoop of vanilla ice cream], wood-fired pizzas, and plenty more) in addition to the expected CLIF Fuels, PBJ, fruits and fluids. Finish-line Expo and BBQ celebration with Beer Garden serving New Belgium beer, KoM, QoM, Him/Her and Men's and Women's Team Awards Ceremonies for the Gran, Migrane, Medio and Piccolo routes.