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Garden State Fondo

Garden State Fondo

September 11 2022
Morristown, New Jersey, USA
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Distances: 18, 42, 62, 75, 107, 125 miles
Difficulty: Difficult terrain with longer, steeper hills
Limited to: 3000 Participants

The Garden State Fondo (formerly 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 you 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 6 distances at the time of registration.

New for 2019, the Estremo (125 miles) - double Metric Century with 6 timed climbs and almost 10,000' of elevation gain. Feild limit 200 - must average 16 mph on hilly terrain to meet the cutoff time for the Estremoi at Mile 60.

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 Estremo, 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 (2,500+ 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)

Garden State Fondo

Start Located At: 3 Speedwell Ave, Morristown, New Jersey 07960
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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
Vendor Expo at Packet Pick-up
Six amazingly scenic, challenging and well-marked routes to choose from
A personalized Garden State Fondo 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 Estremo 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 5 (Estremo, Gran, Migrane, Medio and Piccolo) longest routes
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 Garden State Fondo 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

Prize / Race Categories

The Garden State Fondo 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 Estremo, Gran, Migrane, Medio and Piccolo Routes

Adequate Car Parking
Free Parking
Changing Rooms
Registration On the Day
Pre-Packet Pickups
Support for Participants
Route Signposted
Route Card
First Aid
Emergency Contact No
SAG Wagon
Roving Mechanical Support
Mechanical Support at Rest Stops
Kids Fondo
Free Training Rides
Section Timing
Category / Race Prizes
Finishing Medals
Results Within 24 Hours
Personalised Bib (Name and QR Code)
Downloadable GPS files
Finish Line Chute
Feed / Aid Stations
Post Event Meal(s) Provided As Part of Entry
Mar 25 2020 - NEWS: Join The Garden State Fondo Community Each Week On Zwift
Nov 20 2019 - NEWS: #1 U.S. Gran Fondo took place following the passing of its Founder, Marty Epstein
May 07 2019 - NEWS: Huge Cycling Funeral Procession celebrates the Life of Marty Epstein
May 02 2019 - NEWS: Cycling Community Mourns the Loss of Leading Light Marty Epstein
Jan 30 2019 - NEWS: Help Marty Beat Cancer!
Nov 28 2018 - NEWS: Gran Fondo NJ goes extreme with the tough new Estremo 125 mile route
Nov 27 2018 - NEWS: Marty's Challenge: Help Marty Epstein, Gran Fondo New Jersey's founder Fight Cancer
Sep 10 2018 - NEWS: Wet weather didn't dampen spirits at the 2018 Gran Fondo New Jersey
Dec 23 2017 - NEWS: VIDEO: Gran Fondo NJ - Top 3 Gran Fondo in the USA
Mar 16 2018 - NEWS: The Climbs of the 2018 Gran Fondo New Jersey
Sep 14 2017 - NEWS: Gran Fondo NJ disqualifies two entire teams due to bad behaviour
Sep 11 2017 - NEWS: Gran Fondo means Big Fun in New Jersey
Jul 28 2017 - NEWS: Gran Fondo NJ, serving up wood-fired Pizzas along with SRAM Neutral Support
Jun 29 2017 - NEWS: The Routes of Gran Fondo New Jersey: Subway Style
Nov 16 2016 - NEWS: Gran Fondo NJ Wraps up its 2016 calendar with its Beneficiary Awards and annual Volunteer Party
Sep 08 2014 - RESULTS: Gran Fondo New Jersey
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