Over the course of decades, we at Gran Fondo NJ have had a world of cycling experiences – rumor has it that Marty has even owned a bike shop or three (Marty’s Reliable Cycle).
Either individually or together, we have ridden countless events, and undertaken numerous cycling adventures.
These include delivering papers by bike as a kids, numerous RAGBRAIs, a ride across Alaska, a trans-continental ride across Canada, countless NYC Centuries/Montauk Centuries/5 Boro Bike Tours/Escape New York, Bucks County Covered Bridges Rides, Princeton Century, local MS/Habitat for Humanity Rides/Tour de Cure, self-supported centuries, Mont Ventoux, a winter fat bike ride across a frozen lake in Northern Canada, and a one day ride the entire length of NJ a full 212.8 miles north to south – Marty has done this twice!
Collectively we have had Schwinn Sting Rays, Raleigh 3-speeds (with the Sturmey Archer thumb shifters), Torpado 10-speeds, and all variants of road, mountain, recumbent and fat bikes made of steel, aluminum, titanium and carbon.
It is through these experiences as cyclists, not racers, that we are able to craft an event that is both very challenging, fun to do in the process, and gives back to the community.
In this blog we want to share what they have learned along the way, and basically whatever comes to mind cycling related, or as Marty would so aptly finish “blah, blah, blah”.
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