Posted Wednesday, August 24th, 2016
MORE THAN 2,300 CYCLISTS TO GATHER IN MORRISTOWN FOR STATE’S MOST PRESTIGIOUS CYCLING EVENT
The Morris County Board of Freeholders have proclaimed the weekend of Sept. 10-11 as “2016 Gran Fondo NJ Weekend’’ in Morris County, to herald the sixth annual statewide and regional cycling event that will start and finish on Sept. 11in Morristown, drawing some 2,300 cyclists and many hundreds more families and friends to Morris County.
The freeholders this morning issued a proclamation to Marty Epstein, the owner of Marty’s Reliable Cycle and host and founder of the event, and Gran Fondo NJ Executive Director Bill Ruddick for their efforts to bring this major cycling event to Morris County for a sixth consecutive year.
“The Gran Fondo NJ has become one of the biggest and most prestigious cycling event in New Jersey, and the number one Gran Fondo in the U.S. It has become a fixture on the Morris County sports and fitness scene thanks to Marty Epstein, Bill Ruddick and their team,’’ said Freeholder Director Kathy DeFillippo.
“The Gran Fondo NJ draws thousands of people to our county, boosting the county’s economy, promoting the county as a tourism destination, and serving as a real-life advertisement for the quality of life in our county.”
The Gran Fondo, which originated in Italy, is to cyclists what a marathon is to runners. In recent years, Gran Fondos have become a popular mass-participation cycling events for cycling enthusiasts across North America.
Gran Fondo NJ offers a choice of route lengths –18, 42, 62, 75 and 107 miles– and timed hill segments that wind their way through some of New Jersey’s best cycling roads.
Starting and ending in Morristown, this combination of bike touring and timed climbs attracts a wide range of cyclists from the casual weekend rider to the well-trained endurance athlete. Ruddick said cyclists from 27 states outside of New Jersey and from Canada, South and Central America, and Europe are expected to participate this year.
Epstein and Ruddick told the freeholders that they have to prepare 123 miles of roads in Morris and North Jersey for this year’s event, setting up police security, route volunteers on the course, painting directional symbols on roads across the region, and many other details to be ready for Sunday’s 7 a.m. start at the Morristown Green.
In addition, Gran Fondo NJ includes a weekend of festivals, expos and other activities offering entertainment culminating in the ride and post-ride celebration. There also is an optional fundraising component to the New Jersey event, which has been used by riders supporting local and national charities, and which has raised more than $750,000 for local and regional charities over the past five years.
To view videos of past Gran Fondos NJ, including last year’s start on the Morristown Green, visit: http://granfondonj.com/videos/
For more information on Gran Fondo NJ, visit: http://granfondonj.com/