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Gran Fondo New England

Gran Fondo New England

September 30 2017
Thompson, Connecticut, USA

A dream come true for any cyclist, Gran Fondo New England promises to deliver a day of fun and excitement to riders of any ability. Comprised of four different routes of 105 and 40 miles with gravel sectors; 65 and 35 fully-paved courses, riders will have the opportunity to explore the finest roads and most pristine autumn landscapes that Southern New England has to offer. The 105-mile route will serve as the 2016 Major Taylor Century presented by the Seven Hills Wheelmen. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Major Taylor Association.

The four routes wind through charming towns and past quaint New England farms, offering picturesque views of the fall foliage (nature permitting). Sticking to their New England roots, course designers have included several gravel sectors on two of the courses (all rideable on a road bike, but 28mm tires are recommended) highlighting some of the best kept secrets in the Quiet Corner of Connecticut. Riders looking for a challenge can push themselves on timed segments throughout the routes.

All four courses will include mechanical and SAG support, fully-stocked rest stops at local establishments, and roads with minimal traffic. Routes will be well-marked and GPS files will be available for download.

Your registration includes a T-shirt, a souvenir New Belgium beer glass, and nourishing post-ride meal with vegetarian and gluten-free options. Your entry fee will also help support youth cycling programs in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.

Major Taylor Century  (co-presented by the Seven Hills Wheelmen)

Distance: 104 miles / 167 kilometers
Elevation Gain: 6,700 feet / 2,040 meters
Terrain: Mix of pavement and gravel
15 miles (24 km) of gravel comprised of 19 sectors
89 miles (143 km) of pavement
Metric Medio Fondo

Distance: 65 miles / 104 kilometers
Elevation Gain: 4,300 feet / 1,300 meters
Terrain: Completely paved
People’s Piccolo Fondo

Distance: 39 miles / 63 kilometers
Elevation Gain: 2,350 feet / 720 meters
Terrain: Mix of pavement and gravel
6 miles (10 km) of gravel comprised of 7 sectors
33 miles (53 km) of pavement
Pristine Piccolo Fondo

Distance: 35 miles / 56 kilometers
Elevation Gain: 1,900 feet / 575 meters
Terrain: Completely paved

Gran Fondo New England

Routes: 35,39, 65,104 miles
Difficulty of Greatest Route: D - Difficult terrain with longer, steeper hills
Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)
What's Included?

Start and Finish located at the Thompson Speedway – Home of the 2016 KMC Cross Fest.
Quiet back roads with minimal traffic through Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island
Stretches of hard packed gravel roads highlight each route
Competitive segments will be posted on all routes (competition optional)
Routes will be well marked and available for download as GPX files
Directional and confirmation arrows at all turns
Marked beginning and end points for competitive segments
Fully stocked rest stops at local establishments, including Taylor Brook Winery
Transportation to finish line for any purchases made at rest stop partners
Mechanical support and SAG vehicles
Post-ride meal at Thompson Speedway, where you can enjoy UCI pro-level races and visit the Builders’ Ball and exposition
Vegetarian and gluten-free options will be available

Prize / Race Categories

Competitive segments will be posted on all routes (competition optional)

Free Parking
Toilets / Changing Rooms
Sign On Desk
Registration/Entry On the Day
Pre-Packet Pickups
Support for Participants
SAG Wagon
Mechanical Support at Rest Stops
Electronic Start/Finish Hill Timing
Strava KOM
Strava QOM
Category / Race Prizes
Results Within 24 Hours
Downloadable GPS files
Feed / Aid Stations
Post Event Meal(s) Provided As Part of Entry
Event Size
500 - 1999 Riders
Start Address: Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Thompson, CT
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Sep 30 2017 - EVENT: Gran Fondo New England