Frequently Asked Questions
What's the Schedule at a Glance?
Friday September 6 through Sunday September 8, 2013
Mandatory check-in and packet pick up:
|Friday, September 6th||10:00 AM — 8:00 PM||Marty's Reliable in Morristown|
|Saturday, September 7th||10:00 AM — 6:00 PM||Marty's Reliable in Morristown|
|Sunday, September 8th||5:00 AM — 6:30 AM||Gran Fondo NJ Expo (Near Start)|
All riders must sign a release waiver prior to receiving a packet.
Sunday, September 9, 2012
- 5:00 AM Opening of Start Area
- 7:00 AM Mass Start - Gran Fondo Riders
- 7:30 AM Mass Start - Medio Fondo Riders
- 8:00 AM Mass Start - Piccolo/Breve Fondo Riders
- 10:00 AM Finish Line Expo and Festivities Begin
- 4:30 PM Award Ceremonies
- 5:00 PM Close of the Course
- 6:00 PM End of Finish Line Expo and Festivities
I have registered but can't participate - can I get a refund or transfer to another rider?
The entry fee is non refundable and there are no deferrals. However, you can transfer your registration to another person at any time prior to packet pick-up – you are responsible for finding the other rider - the recipient must register through Eventbrite.com.
There is a $40 transfer fee to cover the administrative costs of the transfer. The process to follow to transfer your registration can be found here. All transfers must be processed through Eventbrite.com.
Once packets are picked up, they are non-transferrable.
How much does Gran Fondo NJ cost?
Below is the pricing schedule for Gran Fondo NJ. Registering early ensures you the lowest price for the event.
|Route||Price thru Jan 31||thru Apr 30||thru Aug 23||thru Sept 8|
How long are the rides?
Gran Fondo NJ is 107 miles with 9,108’ of climbing
Medio Fondo NJ is 63 miles with 5,470’ of climbing
Piccolo Fondo NJ is 43 miles with 3,679’ of climbing
Breve Fondo NJ is 18 miles with 1,416’ of climbing
Which routes have timed hill climbs and where are they?
The Gran Fondo NJ route has four timed hill climbs:
|The Doggone Hard Hill Climb||Mile 24||15%|
|The Rollercoaster Hill Climb||Mile 55||12%|
|The No Pain No Gain Hill Climb||Mile 71||11%|
|The Team in Training Hill Climb||Mile 77||9%|
The Medio Fondo NJ route has two timed hill climbs:
|The Doggone Hard Hill Climb||Mile 24||15%|
|The Team in Training Hill Climb||Mile 33||9%|
The Piccolo Fondo NJ route has one timed hill climb:
|The Mendham "Mile"||Mile 26||10%|
The Breve Fondo NJ route has no timed climbs this year, but plenty of climbing.
What is included with the entry fee?
An amazing weekend of cycling oriented festivities culminating with the rides on Sunday, including our popular Gran Fondo NJ Pint Glass, USA Cycling rider insurance, course marking, aid stations, chip timing on the Gran, Medio and Piccolo Routes, post-ride Festivities, competition and raffle prizes, bike valet service at festivities and much, much more.
Do I need a racing license to participate?
No racing license is needed or required. While there are some competitive segments, it is important to remember that the Gran Fondo NJ is a ride, not a race. All cyclists are encouraged to relax and enjoy the lovely scenery each route has to offer along the way. Every cyclist will be insured individually by USA Cycling. The cost for the insurance is included in the entry fee.
Is there a minimum age for participants?
The minimum age for participants is 13 years old – these courses are challenging and demanding. All minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times while on the route, and must have their registration form and waiver signed by their legal parent or guardian.
Where and how do I register?
Our registration partner is Eventbrite.com. They make registration a fast and simple process.
Registration opens at midnight on December 5th.
To register once registration is open, click on the Register button to the right of this screen.
Registration closes on Eventbrite at Midnight EDT on September 3, 2013 or once we reach 2,500 registered riders, whichever comes first.
After that date, if the event is not sold out, participants can still register but they must do so in person, during Packet Pick-up hours at the following locations:
September 6th — 7th Marty’s Reliable Cycle in Morristown
September 8th Event Expo in Morristown
What type of bike can I ride for the event?
We suggest that you use a road bike as it is the best option to ride in groups. Its light weight makes climbing easier (and there are plenty of climbs). You can also ride a mountain bike, touring bike, hybrid bike, single speed (with two brakes), or a recumbent.
Neither fixed gear nor triathlon bikes are permitted on the ride.
If you choose to ride as a tandem, both riders have to register as individuals for the event. Tandems are not eligible for KOM/QOM prizes.
Is Gran Fondo NJ a timed race?
No, the Gran Fondo NJ is a ride, not a race. There are no awards or recognition for being the first to arrive at the finish banner. All riders are encouraged to take their time, reide safely at all times and enjoy the wonderful routes we have mapped out for you. All riders will be awarded a finisher's medal at the end of the ride.
The four key climbs of the Gran Fondo, two key climbs for the Medio Fondo, and one key climb for the Piccolo Fondo are chip timed and count towards the King and Queen of Mountain competition.
You will see signs approximately 500' before each of the timed climbs, and another sign approximately 500' before the end of each timed climb. Once you cross over the timing mat at the bottom of each timed climb, your time starts running until you cross the timing mat at the top of that climb.
These are the only sections of the route where “the clock is running” – We encourage all riders to ride with caution and safety in mind at all times, regardless of where they are on the route as our roads are not closed to automobile traffic.
What are the categories for King and Queen of the Mountain?
The cumulative time of each of the timed climbs will determine winners for each of the categories of the King of the Mountains (KOM) or Queen of the Mountains (QOM) at Gran Fondo NJ.
New this year, The KoM and QoM will be awarded as follows for each of the Gran, Medio and Piccolo Routes
- Overall (Fastest combined time, regardless of age)
- 13 - 39 Age Group KOM & QOM
- 40 - 44 Age Group KOM & QOM
- 45 - 49 Age Group KOM & QOM
- 50 - 54 Age Group KOM & QOM
- 55 - 59 Age Group KOM & QOM
- 60 - 64 Age Group KOM & QOM
- 65+ KOM & QOM
- NOTE: There will be no awards for the individual hill climbs in 2013
- NOTE: To be eligible for KoM and QoM awards, all climbs on the route must be completed by 3:00 P.M.
The Breve Fondo route is non-competitive.
What are the prizes for King and Queen of the Mountain?
There will be product prizes from our various sponsors and suppliers awarded to the KOM and QOM Winners.
Breve Fondo NJ is non-competitive, what does that mean?
There are no timed segments on the Breve Route. Breve Fondo NJ riders follow the same route as all other riders out to Mendham (Mile 9) before returning on the Breve section. All participants are eligible to win raffle prizes during the post-race party.
What will be in my Rider Packet?
Each rider packet contains:
- the rider’s “Bib” with the rider number printed on it, (Used as ID for you throughout the event)
- a Wrist ID band with rider’s Bib Number and the Command Center number printed on it, (Used as ID for the Bike Corral and for the end of ride BBQ)
- a Bike ID band with rider’s Bib Number printed on it, (Used en route and in the bike corral at the end)
Where do I pick up my packet, jersey, and timing chip?
Packet pick up is only possible at the following times and locations, no exceptions.
|Friday September 6th||10:00 A.M. — 8:00 PM||Marty’s Reliable Cycle in Morristown|
|Saturday September 7th||10:00 A.M. — 6:00 P.M.||Marty’s Reliable Cycle in Morristown|
|Sunday September 8th||5:00 A.M. — 7:15 A.M.||Gran Fondo NJ Expo (near Start)|
Packet pick-up is strongly discouraged on morning of the event.
In keeping with our theme of sustainability, we will not have traditional goodie bags, but will be issuing web-based “Good e-Bags” to all participants.
Can I pick up my packet on the morning of the event?
Yes, however, your ability to participate in the Mass Starts will not be guaranteed.
Can someone else pick up the packet for me?
Yes - to pick up someone else's packet, you must bring with you a copy of their photo ID (Passport, Driver's license, etc.) and an event waiver completely filled out and signed by that person in ink.
Is there an Expo where I can see new cycling products?
There will be a large Expo on the day of the event at the Pioneer Park at Headquarters’ Plaza. Event sponsors will be present to showcase their latest products. We will also have a DJ, live music and a Bike Trials demo at the Plaza on the day of the event.
Where do I stay overnight?
Please check out our Hotel Partners for fantastic deals on hotel rooms in the area!
What do I have to wear?
If you want, you can wear the official Gran Fondo NJ jersey (sold separately), or your favorite cycling clothes.
All riders must:
- have their BIB number pinned to the back of their clothing,
- have the wrist ID around their wrist, and the bike ID around their bike
- Keep your wristband on for post-event festivities.
- Helmets with buckled chin straps must be worn at all times.
- Also, headphones of any kind are not allowed.
Where do I park?
Please check the GranFondoNJ.com website in the weeks prior to the event where we will publish parking locations. We will also send out an e-mail to all registered riders with information shortly before the event.
Can I ride for a charity? Will there be fundraising?
Absolutely – one of our objectives is giving back to our communities. You can sign up to fund raise as part of the registration process.
We highly encourage you to ride for a cause, any cause, especially one of our three beneficiaries, The Seeing Eye; Grow it Green Morristown, and; Homeless Solutions. You can create your own fundraising page through Eventbrite.com to manage your fundraising activities.
How many Rest Stops does GRAN FONDO NJ have and what do they provide?
There will be full rest stops at approximately every 20 miles on the Gran, Medio and Piccolo Routes, and half way on the Breve Route. The rest stops will have food, drinks, porta johns and mechanical support. Each Rest Stop will have a reference map of the route(s) it services, as well as spare cue sheets for those routes. There will be a food festival at the Finish line.
Does GRAN FONDO NJ start if it's raining?
Yes within reason, Gran Fondo NJ will be held rain or shine, but not in the event of serious inclement weather (e.g. Hurricanes)!
Gran Fondo NJ reserves the right to cancel or defer the event at its sole discretion.
How do riders line up at the start?
For 2013 we will be having a staged “Mass Start”:
Gran Fondo Riders will depart in the first Stage at 7:00 A.M.,
Medio Fondo Riders will depart in the second Stage at 7:30 A.M.
Piccolo and Breve Fondo Riders will depart in the last Stage at 8:00 A.M.
If you are riding as part of a team, you may line up with your team at the start, regardless of the route you are riding.
All riders are encouraged to gather at the start area by 6:30 A.M. and participate in the Opening Ceremonies.
For safety reasons, riders are encouraged to “self sort” by riding speed, with the faster riders going out first – please note that we will have competitive national-level bike riders who can average 25+ mph participating, and many very strong riders who will average 20+mph for the entire route, so self sort accordingly.
Apart from that, it doesn't matter where you start. However, to allow as little interference as possible, we encourage beginner and slower riders to line up at the back of the start. With this you will be able to ride your own pace unobstructed.
Opening Ceremonies: After the singing of the National Anthem, our Grand Marshall will open the event with a brief speech and a ceremonial lap around the Green prior to the official start.
Are the roads closed for traffic?
No, except for a limited time at the immediate start area, all roads will be open to regular traffic.
At all times riders must obey all traffic laws and ride on the right hand side of the street. Riders must follow the instructions of police officers, course marshalls and volunteers to avoid disqualification.
How fast do I have to ride?
You can ride the pace you want, but are required to ride safely and within your capabilities at all times.
The cut-off for completing the distance is 5pm which means you have 10 hours for the ride. This equals to approximately 10 mph for the Gran Fondo, 6.5 mph for the Medio Fondo and 4 mph for the Piccolo Fondo including all rest stops. A “Sweep Vehicle” will trail the ride accordingly. Participants who get passed by the “Sweep Vehicle” can either get a ride or will be riding outside the event.
Medio and Gran Fondo Riders:
There will be a cut-off at the Piccolo Fondo Branch off at mile 20.8 - all Medio and Gran Fondo riders who arrive there after 10:30 am will be directed right onto Outlook Road to finish the course on the Piccolo Fondo route. This cut-off ensures rider safety and is enforced by the police and local municipalities.
Gran Fondo Riders:
There will be a cut-off at the Medio Fondo Branch off at mile 33.1 - all Gran Fondo riders who arrive there after 11:00 A.M. will be directed right onto Mill Street to finish the course on the Medio Fondo route. This cut-off ensures rider safety and is enforced by the police and local municipalities.
Will there be restrooms at the start/finish and on the course?
Yes, the Start/Finish Area as well as all Rest Stops are equipped with porta johns. Any riders relieving themselves alongside the route will be expelled from the event and will not be permitted to participate in future Gran Fondo NJ events.
If I have a mechanical issue on the course, what do I do?
Firstly, move out of the path of fellow cyclists and off to the side of the route. We highly encourage all participants to know basic safety and repair skills, including in particular fixing a flat tire. Be prepared and bring your own pump or CO2 cartridges and extra tubes for your bike. If you can fix the issue yourself, move off the course and proceed with your repairs. If a SAG or support vehicle is passing by, indicate to them that assistance is not required by extending one arm in the air with a “Thumbs up”.
However, if you are still unable to make the repair, you can dial the number printed on the wrist band for assistance. If necessary, a SAG wagon will take you to a rest stop where mechanical support may be available, or to the finish line. Please note that the wait for assistance and/or a ride to the nearest rest stop can be long and by waiting, you run the risk of not being allowed to finish the event.
If I need medical service, what do I do?
If you or a fellow rider is experiencing a medical emergency, dial 911, and report your exact location using the cue sheet as a guide, then if you have the opportunity dial the contact number found on your wrist band, and report in to the Command Center.
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will be on call. Police officers will be controlling traffic at certain intersections and volunteers will be guiding athletes for turns at some intersections. If you need help, inform a police officer or ride official on the course and they will get help to you (or someone else) as quickly as possible and stay with you until help arrives.
If I have a bad day and realize I won't be able to finish, what do I do?
SAG (Support and Gear) vehicles will be staged at various points along the route for any cyclists who are unable to finish the event.
Try to make it to the next Rest Stop en route, where you will have food, water, emergency medical services as well as volunteers to keep you company.
If you are unable to ride to a Rest Stop, there will be SAG vehicles patrolling the route to pick you up. If you are unable to ride, move off the road and wait along the shoulder of the road until a marshall or support vehicle comes by, they will be on the lookout for stopped cyclists – to signal a SAG wagon or support vehicle, hold both arms in the air with a “Thumbs down”. If you are riding and you see a cyclist on the side of the road who asks for help, if you can do so safely, stop and assist them, if not report to a SAG wagon or Rest Stop Volunteer that you saw a stopped cyclist and their approximate location. You can also call the number printed on your wrist band to request assistance.
I never rode in a large group before. What do I have to be concerned about?
Group riding is faster as you save about 30% energy in a draft. When riding in a group you need to pay extra attention to the riders around you and signal your intentions at all times. It takes skill to get used to riding closely behind someone else's wheel. If you live in the area, you can take advantage of our free training rides for registered participants and practice group riding.
I signed up for Gran Fondo NJ, if I don't feel up to it, can I just ride the Medio Fondo?
Yes. You can decide until as late as the turn off to the Medio Fondo at Mile 33, which course you want to do.
I signed up for Medio Fondo NJ, if I don't feel up to it, can I just ride the Piccolo Fondo?
Yes. You can decide until as late as the turn off to the Piccolo Fondo at Mile 20.8, which course you want to do.
I signed up for Piccolo Fondo NJ, if I don't feel up to it, can I just ride the Breve Fondo?
Yes. You can decide until as late as the turn off to the Breve Fondo at Mile 9, which course you want to do.
I signed up for Medio Fondo/Piccolo/Breve Fondo NJ, can I instead ride the Gran/Medio/Piccolo Fondo route?
These are challenging courses and apart from the timed hill climbs, they have lots of other climbing in them. If you feel that your training regimen is progressing to the point where you are comfortable riding a more challenging distance, you can upgrade your registration, for a fee, to either the Piccolo, Medio or Gran Fondo.
When and where do I find the King and Queen of Mountain results?
We will make an effort to announce the winners at the awards ceremony at 4:40 P.M. If for technical reasons this is not possible, the full results will be online on this site within 3 days of the event.
Will there be food at the finish?
Yes, there will be a wide variety of food and drinks at the finish line food festival and at the Expo. The Food Festival is free for all registered riders. Make sure you keep your wrist band on to receive the free food. If you have friends or family who want to join you for the food festival, additional tickets will be available for purchase at the Gran Fondo NJ Booth.
My family will be coming with me but not riding in the Gran Fondo – what is there for them to do while I am riding?
We will have displays, music and entertainment at the Gran Fondo NJ Expo at the Start Finish area throughout the day. They are encouraged to enjoy these offerings and sightsee in Morristown as well.
I don’t ride, but I want to participate in the Gran Fondo NJ – what can I do?
Volunteering at a rest stop or at the start finish area is an excellent way to be part of the event. Please visit our volunteer module on the Ecventbrite.com site for more information.
Please click on Volunteer at the top of this page for more information and to sign up.