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HIGHLANDS GRAN FONDO

Gran Route goes over High Point, the highest point in New Jersey.
Start and Finish at High Point Brewery in Butler, NJ

Come Challenge Yourself


Event Open to All

The Gran Fondo National Series offers not only the
hardest road racing series in the nation, but also the most fun!

Ride with your friends, Race with your friends

3 Distances to choose from:
Gran Route (100 mi), Medio Route (60 mi), Piccolo Route (35 mi)
4 Timed Sections in the Gran Route – Best Combined Time Wins
Custom “Race Winner” jerseys for all Gran Route age group winners
Cash Purse and Prizes for Gran Route winners
Awards and Prizes for Medio and Piccolo winners
No racing license required

Fully stocked aid stations and SAG support to keep you going
Post Race Food & Beverage for a fun recovery


Beneficiary
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
Patriots’  Path Council, #358

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Packet pick up:

(Pick up on Saturday to avoid the race day morning rush)

Saturday 6/2/18, 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM; Strictly Bicycles
2347 Hudson Terrace Fort Lee, NJ 07024
Saturday 6/2/18, 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM; High Point Brewery
22 Park Pl, Butler, NJ 07405
Sunday 6/3/18, 5:30 AM to 6:45 AM;  High Point Brewery
22 Park Pl, Butler, NJ 07405

Course Description
The Highlands Gran Fondo showcases some of the best riding around.  It’s hard to believe riding this good is located in such close proximity to the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area.  The Highlands area is a 1,343 square mile region of Northern New Jersey which is noted for its scenic landscape and environmental importance. Much like this ride, the area is composed of rolling farmland, hilly ridgelines, and winding roads that weave up and down the lush green mountains. As you enjoy the diversity of the beautiful terrain and scenery, the route will take you through three counties and two states. As the loop progresses so will the elevation, the gran loop will gain 8,000 vertical feet. This event is sure to expose you to roads you never thought could be tucked away so close to one of the biggest metropolitan areas in the country.

Pennings Farm Market will have fresh donuts for you at aid station #1

Country Flow Yoga: Will join us to host post ride yoga, including Aerial Yoga

Accommodations: TBA

Want more?  GFNS has entered into an exciting partnership with Haute Route which produces world’s best multi-day amateur road cycling events. Please check their website at www.hauteroute.org .

GFNS and Haute Route want to inspire you to do more! Expect to see the name Haute Route at all our events, along with unique benefits for all GFNS riders to be announced over the next few months. The first benefit which is available to you immediately is the opportunity to take your GFNS entry and apply it in full toward a Haute Route entry fee.  If you ride any GFNS event in 2018, you are entitled to credit the entire entry fee paid toward any 2018 Haute Route three-day or seven-day event. Already signed up for the Haute Route?  Then take advantage of a free entry into one 2018 GFNS event of your choice to prepare for the Haute Route.


MORE INFORMATION

Race Email, Highlands Gran Fondo

NOTE: Information on this page is subject to changes. Please be sure to check back the week of the event for updates.

Please read all notes below

You must return you timing chip or you will be charged $100.  Please make sure you return it!

Registration will be available at an increased fee on Saturday and Sunday – tell your friends to sign up now.

Packet Pick Up:  (You must check in in person, you must have ID to check in)

Saturday 6/3/17, 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM; Strictly Bicycles 2347 Hudson Terrace Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Saturday 6/3/17, 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM; High Point Brewery 22 Park Pl, Butler, NJ 07405

Sunday 6/4/17, 5:30 AM to 6:45 AM; High Point Brewery 22 Park Pl, Butler, NJ 07405

We recommend picking up your packet on Saturday to avoid the rush

Parking

Butler High School 38 Bartholdi Ave, Butler, NJ 07405

Parking regulations will be enforced- Do not park in restricted parking areas you will be fined if you are in violation of parking.  There is lots of space at the school and it’s close to the start finish area.  Please park at the school.

Aid Stations:

There will be 4 aid stations along the 100 mile route, 2 on the 64mi, and 1 on the 25mi (about every 20-25 miles). Each aid station will be fully stocked with Water, HEED drink mix, Hammer Gel, Endurolytes, Endurolyte Fizz, Bananas, PB&J Sandwiches, Cookies & Chips and more.

Bathrooms   Aid-Station will have bathrooms.

Timing Chips

You must have your timing chips installed on race morning.

You will be issued a timing chip, if you do not return the timing chip you will be charged $100.

Maps:

Maps for 35 mile, 60 mile and 100 mile loops are available for download at the following locations:

Time Sections: (THE RACE)  This is not a start to finish race, your overall time is not calculated only time sections count. 

You Must Obey Traffic Laws.  This is not a closed course, Think Safety First.

Do not cause an accident!!!

All race sections are free of intersections and you have the right of way.  You will not be racing through intersections, this means you can slow down, stop, and be safe.

There are time sections along the route.  As you approach the time sections please travel through the designated area (in your lane of traffic!) so your chip can be properly read and recorded.  The times for your timed sections will be compiled for your review at the finish. 100 mile = 4 timed sections; 60 mile = 3 timed sections; 30 mile = 2 timed sections. You can view all the details for timed section on the above map links, click the map icons for details.

Time sections are open for specific durations. In order to be timed and eligible for awards you must maintain a progression speed between 22mph and 10mph. NOTE: this is progression speed not average speed- progression speed includes all stopped time.  Below is a list stating the times sections are open

Results are live

You and your loved ones can follow your progress, just click on the results link on our home page on race day at: www.gfncs.com

Cut off times  No exceptions for 100 & 60 mile riders!

If you do not maintain an average progression speed greater than 10mph you will be directed to take a shorter route.  These cut off spots will happen at the pre-established splits and you will be directed to the shorter route. Please Note:  This is a 10mph progression speed not average speed.  Progression speed includes all stopped time.   No exceptions!

Country Flow Yoga: Will join us to host post ride yoga, including Aerial Yoga

Awards and Raffles will be held after 3:30PM and before 4:30PM for 100 mile riders:

Awards for the fastest times.  Three deep for each category.  Custom produced Giordana Highlands Gran Fondo Winners Jersey’s and shorts will be awarded to the fastest riders in each age category of the 100 mile event (Winners Kits are presented by Giordana).  Categories may be combined at promoter’s discretion.  The fastest male in section 2 and in section 4 and the fastest female in section 1 and in section 3 will win a Bertucci watch as a prime.  Cash payout for fastest over all time (male and female).

35 and 60 mile awards will be held by 3:00

Please understand, it is not possible to tell who won until everyone is finished… this is the nature of a gran fondo, the first one back is not necessarily the winner.  We will have great food and High Point Brewery will provide a sample beer (then you can buy more) to help you get to awards. If you do place in the top three of your age group, and you cannot/wish-not-to wait for the awards ceremony, you can send a self-addressed postage-paid mailing package to us and we will mail you your award.  If you are not present at awards you will not receive any prizes, the prize will go to raffle and make someone else happy.

Yes the raffle

Yes the raffle, directly following 100 mile awards, we will have great stuff for the raffle from our sponsors including, a bike frame from Von Hof Cycles, a trip with Bike Division, a stay at Garda Bike Hotel, an Industry Nine Hub-set, a Shimano wheel-set, Feedback Sports work stand, SeaSucker vacuum mount bike rack, Crotch Guard, Swiftwick socks, Hammer Nutrition, Polar Bottle, Rudy Project helmet and sunglasses, Jittery Joe’s Coffee, as well as other great prizes). Yes, it’s worth sticking around for!  (List subject to change, but not much).

Post Ride Food: Hot Food and cold beers served up at the Finish line!

Cold Beer Served up by High Point Brewery


Start Time:
Thanks to all of our great sponsors: Giordana CyclingSwiftwickBicycling MagazineBertucci Performance WatchesHammer NutritionPolar BottleRudy ProjectFeedback Sports, Peaks Coaching GroupSeaSucker Vacuum Mount Bike RacksRudy ProjectJittery Joe’s CoffeeBikeFlightsRitchey ComponentsHUB LabelsCapua Law FirmCrotch GuardGarda Bike Hotel, and Von Hof Cycles

Riders meeting to take place at 7:15am on Sunday.  Event to start at 7:30am.

Event will start and finish at High Point Brewery 22 Park Pl, Butler, NJ 07405

Directions:

See map: Google Maps

High Point Brewery 22 Park Pl, Butler, NJ 07405

What to bring:

Please check the weather and make sure you have adequate clothing.

You will be issued a timing chip, if you do not return the timing chip you will be charged $100.

Race numbers must be mounted on your back and be easily readable.

From the staff of GFNCS, we would like to thank you once again for your participation.  If you have any questions feel free to send us an email at info@granfondochampionship.com

Yours Truly,

GFNCS Staff
www.gfncs.com

Accommodations : We recommend Best Western Regency House Hotel. Located at: 140 State Route 23, Pompton Plains, NJ 07444 (973) 696-0900
Ask for Mary and mention the Gran Fondo bike race to get a $89.99 rate.