Many of you have questions – many of you ask the same questions, so here are the answers to what we’re asked the most. If you have additional questions and you can’t find the answer here please contact us, we’ll do our best to get you the answer.

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.

Friday September 8 through Sunday September 10, 2017

Mandatory check-in and packet pick up:

DateTimeLocation
Friday September 8th10:00 A.M. — 8:00 PMMorristown Hyatt - Morris A&B Rooms
3 Speedwell Ave Morristown
Saturday September 9th10:00 A.M. — 6:00 P.M.Morristown Hyatt - Morris A&B Rooms
3 Speedwell Ave Morristown
Sunday September 10th5:00 A.M. — 7:30 A.M. Gran Fondo NJ Tent (near Start)
3 Speedwell Ave Morristown

Packet pick-up is strongly discouraged on morning of the event.

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 10, 2017

  • 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.

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 ($50 after August 26th, $55 after online registration closes). All transfers must be processed through Eventbrite.com or at Packet Pick-up.

On-line execution of transfers closes on September 2nd, 2017. Any transfers after that date must be executed during packet pick-up for a fee of $55.00.

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.


Due to increased costs of putting on, and delivering, a World-Class Cycling Event, Gran Fondo NJ is re-evaluating its registration prices to keep in line with the value and experience we are delivering to our participants. Please check back for future updates.

Gran Fondo NJ is 107 miles with 8,847’ of climbing

MiGran Fondo NJ is 75 miles with 6,000’ 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

The Gran Fondo NJ route has four timed hill climbs:

NameLocationMax Grade
Doggone Hard Hill ClimbMile 2415%
Rollercoaster Hill ClimbMile 5512%
No Pain No Gain Hill ClimbMile 7111%
Team in Training Hill ClimbMile 779%

The MiGran Fondo NJ route has three timed hill climbs:

NameLocationMax Grade
Doggone Hard Hill ClimbMile 2415%
No Pain No Gain Hill ClimbMile 4111%
Team in Training Hill ClimbMile 479%

The Medio Fondo NJ route has two timed hill climbs:

NameLocationMax Grade
Doggone Hard Hill ClimbMile 2415%
Team in Training Hill ClimbMile 339%

The Piccolo Fondo NJ route has one timed hill climb:

NameLocationMax Grade
Mendham "Mile"Mile 2610%

The Breve Fondo NJ route has no timed climbs, but plenty of climbing.

An amazing weekend of cycling oriented festivities culminating with the rides on Sunday, including our popular Gran Fondo NJ Pint Glass, course marking, aid stations, chip timing on the Gran, MiGran(e), 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 26th date are eligible for door prizes.

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.

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.

Our registration partner is Eventbrite.com. They make registration a fast and simple process.

General Registration has opened and closes on September 2nd.

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, 2017 or once we reach 3,000 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 8th — 9th Morris A&B Room Hyatt Morristown, 3 Speedwell Ave, Morristown.

September 10th Event Expo in Morristown (3 Speedwell Avenue)

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. If you are using a tri-bike or a bike equipped with aerobars during the event, you must have your hands on the brake levers when riding on a group.

Fixed gear bikes are not 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.

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, three timed climbs for the MiGran(e) 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.

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.

The KoM and QoM will be awarded as follows for each of the Gran, Migrane, 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: To be eligible for KoM and QoM awards, all climbs on the route must be completed by 3:00 P.M. (you do not have to finish by that time, just the last climb of your route).

The Breve Fondo route is non-competitive.

There will be product prizes from our various sponsors and suppliers awarded to the KOM and QOM Winners.

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 September 2nd are eligible to win door prizes.

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)

Packet pick up is only possible at the following times and locations, no exceptions.

DateTimeLocation
Friday September 8th10:00 A.M. — 8:00 PMMorristown Hyatt - Morris A&B Rooms
3 Speedwell Ave Morristown
Saturday September 9th10:00 A.M. — 6:00 P.M.Morristown Hyatt - Morris A&B Rooms
3 Speedwell Ave Morristown
Sunday September 10th5:00 A.M. — 7:30 A.M. Gran Fondo NJ Tent (near Start)
3 Speedwell Ave Morristown

Packet pick-up is strongly discouraged on morning of the event.

During Packet Pick-up on the Friday and Saturday park in the Hotel Parking. Make sure to bring your parking ticket with you to get it validated for free parking.

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.

Yes, however, your ability to participate in the Mass Start will not be guaranteed.

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.

There will be a large Street Fair/Expo on the day of the event on North Park Place beside the Morristown Green. Event sponsors will be present to showcase their latest products. We will also have live music from local bands and exhibitions throughout the day.

Please check out our Hotel Partners for fantastic deals on hotel rooms in the area!

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.

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. We will have free parking underneath Headquarters Plaza - to take advantage of this, Participants must have their parking ticket validated at the Gran Fondo NJ Tent prior to returning to their cars.

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 four beneficiaries, The Seeing Eye; Grow it Green Morristown; Homeless Solutions, and; New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition. You can create your own fundraising page through www.crowdrise.com to manage your fundraising activities.

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.

Yes within reason, Gran Fondo NJ will be held rain or shine, but not in the event of serious inclement weather (e.g. Hurricanes)! There will be no refunds or deferrals as a result of bad weather.

Gran Fondo NJ reserves the right to cancel or defer the event at its sole discretion.

For 2017 we will be having a staged “Mass Start” based on the rider'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.

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.

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, 7.5 mph for the Migrane, 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.

Piccolo, Medio, Migrane and Gran Fondo Riders:

There will be a cut-off at the BreveFondo Branch off at mile 9.5 - all Piccolo, Medio, Migrane and Gran Fondo riders who arrive there after 10:30 am will be directed right onto Mountain Avenue to finish the course on the Breve Fondo route. This cut-off ensures rider safety and is enforced by the police and local municipalities.

Medio, Migrane 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 straight on Main Street to finish the course on the Piccolo Fondo route. This cut-off ensures rider safety and is enforced by the police and local municipalities.

Migrane and Gran Fondo Riders:

There will be a cut-off at the Medio Fondo Branch off at mile 33.1 - all Migrane and Gran Fondo riders who arrive there after 11:30 A.M. will be directed right onto Main Street to finish the course on the Medio Fondo route. NOTE: The Gran Route closes at mile 40 at 11 AM. 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 MiGran(e) Fondo Branch off at mile 40.7 - all Gran riders who arrive there after 11:00 A.M. will be directed right onto Rite 31 to finish the course on the MiGran(e) Fondo route. This cut–off ensures rider safety and is enforced by the police and local municipalities.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Yes. You can decide until as late as the turn off to the Breve Fondo at Mile 9, which course you want to do.

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 ($55.00 after on-line registration has closed). There are no exceptions to this.

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.

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.

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.