Gran Fondo NJ 2015 Training Routes Announced
Gran Fondo NJ is pleased to announce the training routes for this year's event. The routes are pretty much the same as in 2014, except for changes in the Piccolo, Medio and Gran Routes between Mendham and the Rest Stop in Gladstone.
We have added back in two very popular sections, the descent of Douglass Road off Bernardsville Mountain, and the ever popular Lake Rd. You can view the four routes on Ride With GPS (our favorite mapping tool) by clicking on their respective names: Breve, Piccolo, Medio, and Gran. All registered riders for 2015 are eligible to join us for free training rides throughout the summer, beginning on May 3rd, for the Breve, Piccolo and Medio routes. We'll be announcing the schedule and registration page shortly.
Trek Travel - The Official Travel Partner of Gran Fondo NJ
Gran Fondo NJ is pleased to announce Trek Travel as the Official Travel Partner for Gran Fondo NJ. Trek Travel, born of Trek Bicycles, provides cycling experiences of a lifetime around the globe. Trek Travel has custom-built the perfect vacations for lovers of luxury, disciples of cycling, and people who want to see the world like they’ve never seen it before. Riders who register during the on-line registration window will be eligible to win a Trek Travel Trip for Two as part of the Gran Fondo NJ raffle.
Close Out Sale on 2013 Hincapie Cycling Jerseys
We have our entire lineup of 2013 custom Hincapie Velocity cycling jerseys on sale at $40.00 including free shipping in the USA (MSRP $110).
Click HERE to buy now.
This is the same quality jersey worn by Cadel Evans when he won the Tour de France.
We also have a limited number of jerseys personally signed by George Hincapie, our 2013 Grand Marshall.
Order now because at these prices the supplies won't last long.
Scott Sports joins the Gran Fondo NJ line up of sponsors.
Gran Fondo NJ is proud to announce that Scott Sports will be among the line up of amazing bike sponsors for the 2015 event. As part of the sponsorship, Scott will be making their line-up of road bikes available for demo on some of our training rides, as well as having an extensive display at our Post Ride Expo. You can also see their line up at Marty's Reliable Cycle. In addition Scott will be providing four bikes for our raffle - one targeted at riders in each of the Gran, Medio, Piccolo and Breve distances. Scott Sports currently provides bikes to two of the teams in this year's Tour de France - Orica Green-Edge and IAM Cycling.
Gran Fondo NJ Selects Pactimo as its Official Supplier of Custom Cycling Apparel.
Gran Fondo NJ is proud to announce that we have selected Pactimo as our supplier for this and next year's custom cycling jerseys and cycling kit. When the 2015 Jersey design is completed you will be able to link to our store from here to place your order. Teams riding in Gran Fondo NJ should contact us if they are looking for custom Team Jerseys for the event.
Based in Colorado, Pactimo is a provider of premium custom-designed team apparel and athletic wear. Since 2003, Pactimo has shipped over 1 million garments to champions, teams, clubs and individual cyclists around the globe.
Gran Fondo NJ ranked 3rd by Gran Fondo Guide in their list of the top 11 Gran Fondos in the US.
Always great to have an external source provide a perspective on our event. We like to think that we are leading others with our Sustainability initiatives, great venue, friendly yet challenging atmosphere, and participant perks - our free photo downloads introduced in 2014 has been extremely popular. Check out Gran Fondo Guide's list here.
Gran Fondo NJ 2014 awarded Gold Level Certification for Sustainability by the Council for Responsible Sport.
Gran Fondo NJ, has achieved Gold Level Certification from the Council for Responsible Sport - the first cycling event to achieve the Gold Standard for Sustainabilty. Through the efforts of our volunteers, participants, suppliers and sponsors, we earned credit on 51 out of the 61 best practice standards offered in the Council's certification program for social and environmental responsibility at sporting events.
For more information check out the Press Release here.
Thanks to all for Participating
Gran Fondo NJ 2014 is now in the books. By all accounts it was a pretty amazing day. 2,000 participants, over 133,000 miles ridden, over 11,000,000 feet of elevation gained, over 6,000,000 calories burned and over $200,000 raised for charities.
If you rode (and even if you didn't) make sure you check out our photo server (Click on the 2014 PHOTOS button to the right), and you can download for free photos from the event.
- In 2012 we were one of, if not the first Gran Fondo in North America to introduce the "Breve" length, opening up the Gran Fondo experience to all levels of cyclists.
- We were one of, if not the first Gran Fondo in North America to introduce timed hill climbs for the Piccolo distance.
- We introduced a "Team Category" in which you not only get a discount for riding as part of a Team, but the Team Captain can ride the event for only $1.00 depending on the size of the team recruited.
- In 2014 we introduced the Women's Team Category in the QoM competitions.
- We have been managing our event on the principles of sustainability and in 2014, are the first cycling event in the world to be awarded a Gold Level Certification by the Council for Responsible Sport.
- The popular Kid's Fondo will be back (September 12th) bigger and better than ever.
A Celebration of Cycling
2015 will mark Gran Fondo NJ's 5th year. We offer challenges to cyclists of all abilities, from our 107 mile Gran Fondo route with more climbing than you could ask for (and great rest stops too) to our 18 Mile Breve route. Our goal is for you to have fun, be challenged, and never have to look at a cue sheet during your ride. Each of our 6 rest stops is stocked with the usual fare you would expect on a challenging ride, and featured treats that will surprise you. With timing only on the hill climbs, we offer a serious athletic challenge for our competitive participants, with the ability to wait at the tops of the climbs for others in your group without worrying about "losing time".
A surprise to many, Gran Fondo NJ offers some of the most beautiful and challenging cycling terrain in the east. Our 62-mile Medio route was named by the editors of Bicycling Magazine to their list of "The 50 Best Rides in America."
Gran Fondo NJ continues to lead the way in introducing innovations to improve the Gran Fondo experience for cyclists of all abilities.
Come and ride one of our Four Fantastic Routes
The routes we are considering for Gran Fondo NJ 2015 can be found below. Downloading them to your GPS device is easy! Just click on the route you want and follow the directions on the RideWithGPS website.
Giving back to our Community.
One of the missions of Gran Fondo NJ is "giving back to our community". In its first four years the event has raised over $600,000 in funds going directly to charitable organizations. These organizations use Gran Fondo NJ as a means to both raise awareness for their causes, and to generate much needed funds. If you fundraise, you may find it very motivating as you slug out the last 20 miles of the ride to know that you are doing so for a cause. Please check out our five beneficiaries, or fundraise for one of your own.