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Top 20 North American Gran Fondos for 2019

Here's our guide to the best Gran Fondo's in North America.

This year we recognize those rides that have innovated, achieved, inspired and encouraged cyclists and supported worthy causes.

The Gran Fondo phenomenon in North America continues to grow as it attracts more and more cyclists.

So please celebrate and make sure you add at least one of these fantastic rides to your Bucket List this year!

Date Event Location Routes Diff  Type My Rides
Mar 15 - Mar 17 Malibu Gran Fondo Four Seasons, California, USA 106, 151 km C GRANFONDO
Apr 07 Campagnolo Gran Fondo San Diego San Diego, California, USA 20, 34, 56, 105 miles D GRANFONDO
May 19 Campagnolo GFNY World Championship 2019 New York, USA 50, 100 miles D GRANFONDO
May 19 Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo Century & ULTRA Jacksonville, Alabama, USA 24, 44, 62, 84, 100, 126 miles F GRANFONDO
May 20 The Assaults on Mt. Mitchell and Marion Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA 72.4, 102.7 miles D GRANFONDO
Jun 29 Vermont Gran Fondo Bristol, Vermont, USA 64, 105 miles D GRANFONDO
Jul 13 Cache Gran Fondo Logan, Utah, USA 38, 50, 70, 100 miles D GRANFONDO
Aug 03 Tour de Big Bear Big Bear Lake, California, USA 6,25,50,70,106,109 miles C GRANFONDO
Aug 04 Bluewater International Granfondo Sarnia, Ontario, Canada 50, 100, 150km C GRANFONDO
Aug 11 Granfondo Garneau-Québecor Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada 118 km C GRANFONDO
Sep 07 Mammoth Gran Fondo Mammoth Lakes, California, USA 42,70,102 miles D GRANFONDO
Sep 07 RBC GranFondo Whistler Vancover, British Columbia, Canada 34,76,94 miles D GRANFONDO
Sep 08 Garden State Fondo Morristown, New Jersey, USA 18, 42, 62, 75, 107, 125 miles E GRANFONDO
Sep 15 Rollfast Gran Fondo Carmel, Indiana, USA 25,65,100 miles B GRANFONDO
Sep 22 Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie Clare, Nova Scotia, Canada 35, 67, 89, 118, 161 km D GRANFONDO
Sep 28 The Jensie Gran Fondo of Marin Marin County, California, USA 40, 70, 100 miles C GRANFONDO
Oct 04 - Oct 06 Levi's GranFondo Santa Rosa, California, USA 30, 35, 58, 61, 98, 102, 116 miles F GRANFONDO
Oct 19 Gran Fondo Hincapie Greenville Greenville, South Carolina, USA 15, 50, 80 miles C GRANFONDO
Oct 26 Bookwalter Binge Gran Fondo Asheville, North Carolina, USA 39, 55, 77 miles D GRANFONDO
Oct 26 - Oct 27 Phil's Cookie Fondo Malibu, California, USA 50, 84, 110 miles F GRANFONDO
 
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#1 RBC GranFondo Whistler

September 7, 2019 - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

The RBC GranFondo Whistler is the largest Gran Fondo in North America with the greatest number of cyclists crossing the iconic Whistler finish line.

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#2 Garden State Fondo

September 8, 2019 - Morristown, New Jersey, USA

We strongly believe that 2019 is going to be the biggest year yet for what already has been one of the top U.S. cycling events for years. Voted one of the top 3 Gran Fondos in North America for four years running, the Garden State Fondo new double Metric Century route and a whole weekend of cycling events positions the Garden State Fondo in a league of its own.

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#3 Phil’s Cookie Fondo

October 26-27, 2019 - Malibu, California, USA

Phil Gaimon’s Cookie Fondo is of Fastest Growing Fondo's in North America. 2019 marks the fourth edition of the highly acclaimed Cookie Fondo, it’s been a meteoric rise, with the third edition attracting well over 1,500 cyclists. 

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#4 Levi’s Gran Fondo 

October 5, 2019 - Santa Rosa, California, USA

Levi’s Gran Fondo is one of the biggest and most popular bike rides in the U.S. with cyclists participating from all over North America and internationally, it celebrates its 11th Aninversary in 2019. You too, can join thousands of cyclists taking part in Levi’s Gran Fondo - a must do “Bucket List” ride for every cyclist on October 5, 2019.

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#5 Campagnolo Gran Fondo San Diego

April 7, 2019 - San Diego, California, USA

The Campagnolo Gran Fondo San Diego represents Italian Cycling and Culture on the West Coast at its finest.

A true Italian Gran Fondo is meant to make an everyday rider feel like a fully supported professional rider, and the Campagnolo Gran Fondo San Diego does so with real Italian panache.

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#6 Cache Gran Fondo

July 12- 13, 2019 - Logan, Utah, USA

Utah’s Premier Gran Fondo will once again be the focus of world-class cycling! The open roads and green flat farm fields of Cache Valley, one of northern Utah's best-kept cycling secrets, will once again become a major draw for thousands of cyclists this July 12-13, 2019.

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#7 Bookwalter Binge Gran Fondo

October 26, 2019 - Asheville, North Carolina, USA

Back in 2013, Jamie Bookwalter had just finished her master’s degree and was about to start work on her Ph.D.

Her partner Brent Bookwalter, a professional cyclist who currently rides for Mitchelton SCOTT, is away in Europe racing a lot of the time.

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#8 Rollfast Gran Fondo

The Fastest Fondo in the World

Now in its seventh year, the Rollfast International Gran Fondo has quickly become one of the world’s premier cycling events.

If you want to know what it’s like to ride a flat stage of the Tour de France, this is about as close as it gets!

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#9 Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo

May 18-19, 2019 - Jacksonville, Alabama, USA

"The toughest ride in the South," the Cheaha Challenge returns on May 18-19, 2019. 

Part of the Alabama Backroads Century Series, the event dates back to 1992 and challenges riders over Mount Cheaha, the highest point in Alabama.

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#10 Hincapie Gran Fondo Greenville

October 19, 2019 - Greenville, South Carolina, USA

The eighth edition of Gran Fondo Hincapie Greenville, attracts cyclists to Greenville, SC every autumn.

Join hundreds of cyclists, celebrities, and enjoy one of three routes through the backroads of Greenville County; the 15-mile Piccolo, 50-mile Medio, or 80-mile Gran Fondo, which includes around 8,100 feet of climbing.

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#11 The Malibu GRANFONDO

March 2020 - Four Seasons, California, USA

Coined “America's 5-Star Gran Fondo", the first event in the 2019 Gran Fondo National Series (GFNS), the limited field had cyclists flocking to the warm and welcoming Malibu Hills from all over the world, as the event SOLD OUT for a fourth year in a row.

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#12 Campagnolo GFNY World Championship 2019

May 19 2019 - New York, New York, USA

GFNY is the biggest global Gran Fondo series, over 50,000 riders from over 100 countries compete in GFNY races around the world, with 19 races for 2019. 

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#13 Vermont Gran Fondo Award

June 29, 2019 - Bristol, Vermont, USA

Northeast's Premier Gran Fondo, taking place on June 29, 2019, the sixth edition of the Vermont Gran Fondo showcases the Green Mountain’s quiet, challenging climbs and breath-taking views, hailed as the best road biking in New England, and earned the status of the state with the most climbing by Strava.

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#14 Bluewater International Granfondo

August 4, 2019, Sarnia, Ontario, Canada

The fourth annual Bluewater International Granfondo (BIGF) welcomes cyclists to Lambton County’s Bluewaterland, with a start and finish along the shores of Lake Huron in Sarnia’s beautiful Mike Weir Park. The BIGF is part personal challenge and part serious competition.

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#15 Jensie Gran Fondo of Marin

September 28, 2019 - Marin County, California, USA

The 5th Annual Jensie Gran Fondo of Marin takes place on Marin County’s world-class roads with gourmet food and expert support. Offering three epic routes at Stafford Lake Park in Novato, including the 100-mile “Shut Up Legs”, the 70-mile “Presidential” and the “Breakaway” at 40 miles, all participants will have the chance to ride with beloved former pro, Jens Voigt.

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#16 The Assaults on Mt. Mitchell

Monday, May 20, 2019 - Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA

The Freewheelers Cycling Association of Spartanburg is pleased to announce the 2019 Assaults on Mt. Mitchell and Marion presented by Prisma Health (PH) is set for Monday, May 20, 2019, but it has already SOLD OUT.

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#17 Granfondo Garneau-Quebecor 

August 11, 2019 - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada

The 11th edition will take place on Sunday, August 11, 2019. Riders will leave the Alphonse-Desjardins Sports Center in Trois-Rivières to arrive at the Louis Garneau Sports factory finish line in St-Augustin-de-Desmaures in the afternoon after 118km. Several groups will be formed according to cyclists’ average riding speeds.

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#18 Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie 

September 22, 2019 - Clare, Nova Scotia, Canada

Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie, the largest cycling event in Atlantic Canada, is introducing a fifth ride to celebrate its fifth anniversary, all while offering the breath-taking ocean views and celebratory lobster dinner that have won the hearts of cyclists worldwide.

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#19 Tour De Big Bear

August 3, 2019 - Big Bear Lake, California, USA

Big Bear Cycling Association (BBCA) announced it has scheduled its 10th anniversary of the Tour de Big Bear cycling event for Saturday, August 3, 2019

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#20 Mammoth Gran Fondo

September 7, 2019 - Mammoth Lakes, California, USA

The Mammoth Gran Fondo is ready for another year of fantastic riding, amazing scenery, and good vibes

Chosen as a "top-ten" bike ride by Bicycling Magazine for its "jaw-dropping vistas". Taking place September 7th in Mammoth Lakes where you can find California’s highest four-season resort, Mammoth Mountain, and a cyclist’s playground.

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