Frequently Asked Questions
Why don't you provide "Start/Finish" (Overall) times for the event?
Gran Fondo NJ encourages cyclists of all levels to participate and 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 Teams and Clubs 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.
What's the Schedule at a Glance?
Friday September 5 through Sunday September 7, 2014
Mandatory check-in and packet pick up:
|Friday, September 5th||10:00 AM — 8:00 PM||Marty's Reliable in Morristown|
|Saturday, September 6th||10:00 AM — 6:00 PM||Marty's Reliable in Morristown|
|Sunday, September 7th||5:00 AM — 7:30 AM||Gran Fondo NJ Expo (Near Start)|
If you want to pick up a packet for another participant you must bring a copy of their photo ID (e.g. Drivers license) and a letter (e.g. e-mail) from them authorizing you to pick up their packet.
Sunday, September 7, 2014
- 5:00 AM Opening of Start Area & Packet Pick-up
- 6:00 - 7:00 AM Participants gather in their starting areas
- 6:30 AM Opening Ceremonies, and National Anthem
- 7:00 AM Mass Start
- 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
NOTE: Prior to the start, riders will gather in starting corrals according their ride speeds, with the fastest at the front.
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. All transfers must be processed through Eventbrite.com.
On-line execution of transfers closes on August 22nd, 2014. Any transfers after that date must be executed during packet pick-up.
Once packets are picked up, they are non-transferrable. To request information regarding a transfer, please click on the Contact Us link at the bottom of the page.
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. Those opting to register during packet pick-up will be charged an additional $15.00 administrative fee on top of the $200 registration fee.
|Route||Price thru Dec 31||thru Mar 30||thru June 30||thru Aug 22||thru Sept 1|
If you choose to register after September 1st, and the event has not yet filled up, you may do so at Packet Pick-up. Registration will be $215.00 ($200 registration plus a $15.00 processing fee to cover credit card charges and timing administrative charges.)
How long are the rides?
Gran Fondo NJ is 107 miles with 8,847’ of climbing
Medio Fondo NJ is 62 miles with 5,220’ of climbing
Piccolo Fondo NJ is 42 miles with 3,412’ 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, 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, 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. Only riders registering before the August 22nd date are eligible for raffle prizes.
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 through our insurance carrier. 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.
General Registration opens at midnight on November 29th.
To register once registration is open, click on the Register button to the right of this screen.
On-line registration closes on Eventbrite at Midnight EDT on September 2, 2014 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 5th — 6th Marty’s Reliable Cycle in Morristown
September 7th 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, ride safely at all times, and enjoy the wonderful routes and rest stops we have mapped out for you. All riders will be awarded a finisher's medal at the end of the ride.
The four timed climbs of the Gran Fondo, two timed climbs for the Medio Fondo, and one timed climb for the Piccolo Fondo count towards the King and Queen of Mountain competition.
You will see signage before each of the timed climbs telling you how far it is to the start mat, before the end of each timed climb telling you how far it is to the finish mat and a sign marking the half way point (by distance, not altitude) of each 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.
We have specifically chosen this Gran Fondo "format" because we believe that it offers the best balance between providing a competitive challenge to all our participants and rider safety.
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 registering before August 24th 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)
- a Baggage ID band with rider’s Bib Number printed on it, (Used if you want to check baggage at the bike corral during the event)
- Two Helmet tags with rider’s Bib Number printed on it - they should be affixed to the front and left side of your helmet. (These are used by our event photographer to ID you in event photos and sort them into a personalized album)
Where do I pick up my packet and timing chip?
Packet pick up is only possible at the following times and locations, no exceptions.
|Friday September 5th||10:00 A.M. — 8:00 PM||Marty’s Reliable Cycle in Morristown|
|Saturday September 6th||10:00 A.M. — 6:00 P.M.||Marty’s Reliable Cycle in Morristown|
|Sunday September 7th||5:00 A.M. — 7:30 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 Start will not be guaranteed.
Can someone else pick up the packet for me?
Yes - someone else may pick up your packet, packet, provided that they have a copy of your photo ID (Passport, Driver's license, etc.), and a letter (e-mail) from you indicating that they are authorized to pick up your packet.
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 live music from local bands and exhibitions at the Plaza throughout the day.
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.
- 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. In keeping with this objective you can use the event to fundraise for any charity of your choice. 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 five beneficiaries, The Seeing Eye; Grow it Green Morristown; Homeless Solutions; Sustainable Morristown, and; New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition. 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 2014 we will be having a staged “Mass Start” based on the roder's average riding speed, with the faster riders at the front.
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, regardless of their distance groupings, 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 Marshal 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.
There will be police controlling traffic at major intersections along the route.
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 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 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 your 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 trauma or 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 have never participated in a large group ride 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. Most importantly, do not overlap the wheel of the rider in front of you, do not make and sudden, unannounced speed or direction changes - if you happen to miss a turn, rather than suddenly swerve back, call out that you missed a turn and are slowing down. then safely re-trace back to the route. 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. Your results will automatically be adjusted to the event which you completed.
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. Your results will automatically be adjusted to the event which you completed.
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. If you end up riding a longer event than the one for which you registered, your results will be held until the $40.00 upgrade fee has been paid. There are no exceptions to this.
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 4:30 P.M. If for technical reasons this is not possible, a link to 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.
They may also find it fun to volunteer at one of our rest stops along the route.
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 Eventbrite.com site for more information.
Please click on Volunteer at the top of this page for more information and to sign up.