Record Turn Out at the Gran Fondo New Jersey
Cyclists again voted with their wheels with a record turn out of cyclists at one of the best organised Gran Fondo's in North America.
The weather was near perfect for late summer and so was the cycling as over 2,050 riders took part in the 4th Annual Gran Fondo NJ.
Founder, Marty Epstein's day began at 3:30 a.m. on Sunday, said he was pretty pleased with how everything went. “It’s never really a piece of cake. There’s always room for improvement,” said the owner of Marty’s Reliable Cycle . “But I think this year ran smoother than ever. We did a good job marking the roads, and registration went smoothly.”
Gary Fisher, aka the "father of mountain biking", came all the way from San Francisco to pedal 87 miles, Gary now 63, started training a month ago to take part.
The Gran Fondo NJ is proud to "offer something for every type of cyclist with a variety of different paths.” Four different paths were offered. The Breve Fondo which was 18 miles. The Piccolo Fondo which was 42 miles. The Medio Fondo which was 62 miles. Finally the Gran Fondo which was 107 miles.
Cyclists were met by Morristown High School Cheerleaders who waved their pom-poms as each cyclist crossed the finish line. Some cyclists raised their arms in triumph as they crossed the finish line. While others had the look of exhaustion as they finished the day.
Each cyclist, regardless of time or place, received a medal for completing the race. Food, music and vendors were on site for cyclists and spectators.
Many cyclists walked around eating, smiling and relaxing after a long ride.