2018 U.S. Gran Fondo National Series, supported by Haute Route

Gran Fondo NJ

Gran Fondo NJ 2018

September 09 2018
Morristown, New Jersey, USA

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 Tyou 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 (75 miles), 3 timed climbs, 6,000’ of climbing and 4 rest stops.

With two timed hill climbs, the Medio (62 miles) -  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 Piccolo (42 miles) 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 Breve (18 miles) route offers the perfect non-competitive 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 baked on site, 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 Awards  Ceremonies for the Gran, Migrane, Medio and Piccolo routes.

While participants are not required to fundraise, as part of its focus on sustainability, Gran Fondo NJ supports local charities and provides a venue that these and charitable organizations can use to fundraise.
In its first 7 years of operation the event has raised over $1,100,000 for local and national charities. 

An amazing celebration of cycling which features:
  An incredible "Mass Start" experience (2,000+ cyclists)
  Amazingly marked routes through forests, farmlands and country estates
  "Over the top" rest stops
  Timed climbs on challenging terrain
  The most fun you will have on a bike (except for the hill climbs)

Gran Fondo NJ 2018

Routes: 18, 42, 62, 75, 107 miles
Difficulty of Greatest Route: D - Difficult terrain with longer, steeper hills
Entry Limit: 3000
Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Start Times / Itinerary

Mass Start:
Rolls out at 7:00 A.M. on September 9th 2018
Riders are released in waves based on their average riding speed
(fastest at the front).

Finish Line Expo and Food Festival:
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
12:00 PM (Beer Garden opens)

Awards Ceremonies
(For fastest combined times up the hill climbs)
Piccolo (42 miles) - 1:00 PM
Medio (62 miles) - 2:00 PM
Migrane (75 miles) - 3:00 PM
Gran (107 miles) - 4:00 PM


Registration prices vary by distance. 
Price increases take effect on the following dates:
January 1, 2108
April 1, 2018
July 1, 2018
August 1, 2018
August 25, 2018

Online registration closes on Sept 3, 2018

Day of Registration available at packet pick-up.

What's Included?

Free "Day of" Parking for up to 3,000 cars at the Start-Finish/Expo Area
(for both Packet Pick-up and the event)
Free download of participant photos
Open Raffle - must register on-line to qualify
Vendor Expo at Packet Pick-up
Five amazingly scenic, challenging and well-marked routes to choose from
A personalized Gran Fondo NJ Bib Number
The traditional Gran Fondo Mass Start
Clif fuels at Rest Stops along route
Route signage marking every turn, Cue Sheets, a top-tube sticker, Route Maps at each of our Rest Stops, and police and marshals at critical intersections to guide you on your way
Chip-timing on the key climbs of Gran, Migrane, Medio and Piccolo Routes
Signage on each of the timed hill climbs providing advance notification of when you are approaching the Start and Finish timing mats of the climb
"Countdown Signage" indicating the distance remaining to the Finish Line
Festive Rest Stops:
The foods you expect at endurance cycling events (PBJ, Fuels and Fluids, a wide assortment of fresh fruits), plus a wide variety of specialty treats (Wood-fired pizza, ice cream, espresso, affogatos, canolis,...)
SAG support and Mechanical Support at each Rest Stop
KoM, QoM, Him/Her Awards and Presentation Ceremony
KoM/QoM Awards by Age Categories for each of the 4 (Gran, Migrane, Medio and Piccolo) routes
Raffle prize pick-up at the Finish Line Expo
Event Photographer
Post Ride Food Festival and Expo and Beer Garden (one free pint per participant)
Finisher's Medal
Gran Fondo NJ Pint Glass (with one free beer)
Post-ride Food Festival
Post-ride Entertainment and Expo with on-site "Valet" Bike Parking
A video of the event
Discounts on local hotels for the Gran Fondo NJ Weekend
Saturday morning "Kid Fondo"
Training rides along our routes throughout the months leading up to the event (must be registered to participate) featuring product demos and test rides from our sponsors

Packet Pickups

September 7 2018
Hyatt Morristown
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM

September 8 2018
Hyatt Morristown
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

September 9 2018
Gran Fondo NJ Start Chute (3 Speedwell Ave, Morristown NJ)
5:30 AM - 7:00 AM


Prize / Race Categories

Gran Fondo NJ is not a race (there is no start/finish timing)
We do however feed your competitive needs with timing on the most challenging hills of each route and have prizes for the fastest combined times up the climbs.

KoM/QoM Him/Her & Age Category Awards (1st place only)
for Gran, Migrane, Medio and Piccolo Routes

Adequate Car Parking
Free Parking
Toilets / Changing Rooms
Sign On Desk
Registration/Entry On the Day
Pre-Packet Pickups
Support for Participants
Route Signposted
Route Card
First Aid
Emergency Contact No
SAG Wagon
Controlled Intersections
Roving Mechanical Support
Neutral Support Vehicles
Mechanical Support at Rest Stops
Electronic Start/Finish Hill Timing
Category / Race Prizes
Finishing Medals
Results Within 24 Hours
Personalised Bib (Name and QR Code)
Kids Fondo
Downloadable GPS files
Free Training Rides
Finish Line Chute
Feed / Aid Stations
Post Event Meal(s) Provided As Part of Entry
Number of Timed Hill Climbs
Four Hill Climbs
Event Size
2,000 – 4,999
Start Address: 3 Speedwell Ave, Morristown, New Jersey 07960
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