New Jersey Highlands is the site for gran fondo

Features more rural and scenic course, rider-friendly experience

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With more cycling enthusiasts embracing the sport of gran fondo, the New York Metro area is ready for a new approach to staging big rides. The Gran Fondo National Championship Series® (GFNCS) event in the Highlands region on Sunday, June 8, presents a fresh take on the increasingly popular European-style race/rides.

The GFNCS 2014 circuit makes its third stop in northern New Jersey with courses covering 25, 60 and 100 mile journeys through rolling farmland, hilly ridgelines, and winding roads that weave up and down the lush green mountains.

Gran fondo is the Italian term often used in the United States for short to long distance cycling events.

“The New Jersey Highlands course will take riders into areas they have not experienced; this course seeks out the least traveled roads in the region and is sure to expand the cycling experience for everyone involved,” said Reuben Kline, president of GFNCS.

The New Jersey Highlands Gran Fondo will limit its field to 500 riders, one-­fifth the size of the Gran Fondo New Jersey and less than one-­tenth the field of the Gran Fondo New York. This will ensure a safer and more enjoyable experience for solo and group riders. For racers, GFNCS events feature four timed sections, more than any other regional big ride. “But,” Kline added, “the event is not purely a start-to-finish race; riders can stop at our fully-­stocked aid stations, regroup with friends and enjoy themselves along the route without feeling the constant pressure of monitoring their overall time.”

While taking advantage of northern New Jersey’s beautiful back roads, the Highlands gran fondo is not just a one-time event. All GFNCS race/rides are part of a U.S. series, offering winners in every category points towards the national championship. The 2014 series includes events staged in Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, Colorado, North Carolina and Maryland.

Kline’s rider-­friendly approach also extends to the cost of the event, which is $50. Every participant in a GFNCS event will be entered to win a $3,500 Specialized Roubaix SL4 bicycle. Donations benefit the Boy Scouts of America Patriots’ Path Council #358.

The New Jersey Highlands Gran Fondo will start and finish at Craigmeur Recreation Complex 1175 Green Pond Road, Newfoundland. Registration is available online at­;championship-­series, or in person on Saturday, June 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Strictly Bicycles, 2347 Hudson Terrace, Fort Lee, and from 3 to 6 p.m. at the race site. The race begins at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 8, with packet pick-­up starting on-­site at 5:30 a.m.


The Gran Fondo National Championship Series®, established in 2012, is comprised of seven European-­style ride/races staged in the United States and is sponsored by Specialized Bicycle Components, Bertucci Performance Field Watches, Hammer Nutrition, Descente Ltd., Road ID, ProGold Cycling, Seasucker Vacuum Mount Bike Racks and Polar Bottle. Founder and president Kline has over 23 years of experience in the bicycle industry, including five years as a professional mountain bike rider, six years as a full-­time race director and 17 years as promoter of the Michaux Endurance Series. In 2010, Reuben was featured in the award-­winning documentary film "Ride The Divide." The company is headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area. For more information, visit

If you ride

New Jersey Highlands Gran Fondo

25, 60 and 100 mile bike race

Sunday, June 8

$50 registration

Start and finish at Craigmeur Recreation Complex

1175 Green Pond Road, Newfoundland


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