Highlands Gran Fondo

June 06, 2021 - Butler, New Jersey, USA


The hilly Highlands region outside of Butler features great climbs and ascends to the highest point in New Jersey. A great event for all-around cyclists who can power up short climbs and still have the energy to push the pace in a group.


This ride from Butler, New Jersey is a great way to experience the landscape outside the New York City metro area. With remarkably quiet country roads, shady tree canopies, and a downtown start/finish at High Point Brewery, this beautiful and challenging ride is well worth the trip. The Gran Route crosses the Appalachian trail eight time and showcases some spectacular. It’s hard to believe riding this good is located so close to the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area.


With proximity to huge cycling communities in New York and New Jersey, the Highlands Gran Fondo attracts a large and diverse peloton of competitive, supportive, and fun-loving cyclists of all ability levels. A great opportunity to make a family visit to NYC and get in some great riding!


Ride with confidence on the marked and marshaled course, supported by law enforcement, safety motos, mechanic and sag vehicles, and staffed feed stations. 


Patriots’  Path Council, #358

Highlands Gran Fondo

Routes: 35, 60, 100 miles
Difficulty of Greatest Route: D - Difficult terrain with longer, steeper hills
Time Zone: Alaskan Standard Time (AKST)
Start Times / Itinerary

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What's Included?

Butler High School 38 Bartholdi Ave, Butler, NJ 07405. Parking regulations will be enforced- Do not park in restricted parking areas you will be fined if you are in violation of parking.  There is lots of space at the school and it’s close to the start finish area.  Please park at the school.

Aid Stations:
Fully stocked aid stations and SAG support to keep you going
There will be 4 aid stations along the 100 mile route, 2 on the 64mi, and 1 on the 25mi (about every 20-25 miles).  Social distancing procedures will be in place. Food and water will be provided in single-serving packages. We will provide Water, Heed sports drink, Soda, Hammer Gel, Bonk Breaker bars and chews, Bananas, Clementines, Cookies, Chips, and Fig Bars. 

Aid-Station will have bathrooms.

Timing Chips:
You must have your timing chips installed on race morning. You will be issued a timing chip, if you do not return the timing chip you will be charged $100.

At the Finish
Upon reaching the finish line, riders will be directed into a one-way finishers' chute to: Return Timing Chip, take complimentary Finisher Photo, and pick up a light Post-Ride Snack. Riders with particular dietary needs should be prepared with own post-ride food options.

Packet Pickups

Saturday from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM at La Cabaña Mexican Restaurant 707 Edelweiss Strasse, Helen, GA 30545

Sunday from 6:30 AM to 10:00 AM at 807 Edelweiss Strasse Helen, GA 30545 (Race Start/Finish).

If you plan to pick up on Sunday morning before the race, please arrive about 44-30 mins prior to your scheduled wave start time. All Timing Chips will be picked up on race morning in the start corral 10-15 minutes prior to your wave start time. This is a very quick process that will be completed as riders check in for their start waves. Race numbers must be mounted on your back right side and be easily readable.

Prize / Race Categories

4 Timed Sections in the Gran Route – Best Combined Time Wins
Custom “Race Winner” cycling kit from DNA Cycling for all Gran Route age group winners
Podium ceremony and awards for Gran Route, top 3 by age group and sex
Podium ceremony for Medio and Piccolo Route, top 3 by age group and sex

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
Escort / Police Escort
Controlled Intersections
Roving Mechanical Support
Neutral Support Vehicles
Mechanical Support at Rest Stops
Electronic Start/Finish Timing
Category / Race Prizes
Finishing Medals
Results Within 24 Hours
Downloadable GPS files
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
Less Than 500 Riders
Event Links