This is NOT a race. This is a RIDE.
Be careful and pay attention. Stay alert - stay alive. Please take your time to enjoy the wonderful views and roads between each of the four timed hill climbs. Be courteous to your fellow rides, please pass and ride on the left and be cautious entering and exiting rest stops.
Respect our Neighbors
Please use one our many portajohns should the need arise. Any participant reported to be relieving themselves along side the route will be immediately disqualified and prohibited from participating in future Gran Fondo NJ Events.
We have chosen, for the most part, to avoid busy roads and while our routes are very scenic, they take us on roads which require your full attention – to put it simply, they may be narrower and have tighter turns than what you are used to, may have unfilled pot holes along the way and will require you to stay alert at all times.
Helmets are Mandatory
This is a must, no one will be allowed to ride without cycling helmet with the chin strap fastened at all times while on the Fondo course. No tricycles, trailers or powered vehicles of any kind will be allowed to ride.
Obey All Traffic Laws
This applies to everyone, fast or slow, newbie or experienced. This includes, but is not limited to, traffic lights and stop signs.
Stay to the Right
At all times, except when passing and ride single file when able. Keep in mind that the roads will still be open to traffic. While you will have support vehicles and ride officials manning main intersections, please be aware that you will be sharing the road with other cyclists and vehicles. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES IS RIDING ACROSS THE CENTER LINE PERMITTED AT ANY TIME – THIS IS DANGEROUS TO YOU, YOUR FELLOW RIDERS, SUPPORT VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC IN GENERAL.
No iPods, Headphones or Personal Stereos
We don't want anyone to miss the cheering crowds and musical rest stops, plus, it is not safe.
Rain or Shine
We will ride regardless of the weather, unless safety dictates otherwise, so please plan accordingly.
Event Cut Off
The course and the finish line will close at 5pm, at that time the ride will be officially over.
Route Cut Offs
The cut-off for completing the entire 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 sweep the ride accordingly. Participants who get passed by the “Sweep Vehicle” can either get a ride or will be riding outside the event.
Please note that the Post-Ride Food Festival and Expo will close at 5PM.
Medio and Gran Fondo Riders:
There will be a cut-off at the Piccolo Fondo Branch off at mile 20.8 - all 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 riders who arrive there after 10:30 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.
Unlike other events, we do allow you to transfer your bib, however you must do so through a Registration Transfer. There is a $40 administrative fee through August 26th, rising to $50 for the remainder of online registration ($55 after online registration has closed, payable at packet pickup) payable by the individual receiving the transferred registration. The individual receiving the transferred registration must also execute an event waiver as part of this process. The individual receiving the transferred registration can register for any of the four distances, regardless of the distance that the person transferring the registration signed up for.
Mind Your Manners
We route you through some amazingly beautiful country. Do not litter - keep all gel packs, inner tubes and all disposable items with you until they can be disposed of properly. Please treat others with respect and be courteous to drivers by keeping right to let them pass when possible.
There are no exceptions to this rule!
Display Your Event Number & Wear Your Wristband
All registered cyclists must display their event number on their handlebars and wear their official wristband. Riders who do not have this will not be able to enjoy or access the rest stops or the finish line festival food. Any rider who is not an official part of the Fondo will not be allowed to use the rest stops, finish line festival and will miss out on lots of fun.