The Autumn Classic in the Quiet Corner

Saturday, September 30, 2017
Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park
Thompson, CT

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A dream come true for any cyclist, Gran Fondo New England promises to deliver a day of fun and excitement to riders of any ability. Comprised of several different routes, riders will have the opportunity to explore the finest roads and most pristine autumn landscapes that Southern New England has to offer.

Routes will wind through charming towns and past quaint New England farms, offering picturesque views of the fall foliage (nature permitting). Sticking to their New England roots, course designers have included several gravel sectors of the courses (all rideable on a road bike, but 28mm tires are recommended) highlighting some of the best kept secrets in the Quiet Corner of Connecticut.

The ride will include mechanical and SAG support, fully-stocked rest stops at local establishments, and roads with minimal traffic. Routes will be well-marked and GPS files will be available for download. Riders can look forward to receiving a commemorative pint glass and T-shirt, one complimentary raffle ticket to the Cannondale bicycle raffle (raffle items include several prizes, with the grand prize a premium Cannondale bicycle.Drawings held hourly after 2 p.m) and a delicious post-ride meal and beverage at the track to include fine food and even finer beers will be served by New Belgium Brewing in the KMC CrossFest course-side bistro.


The Ride

  • Start and Finish located at the Thompson Speedway – site of the 2017 KMC Cross Fest
  • Quiet back roads with minimal traffic through Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island
  • Stretches of hard packed gravel roads highlight the 100 mile route
  • Routes will be well marked and available for download as GPX files
  • Fully stocked rest stops at local establishments
  • Post-ride meal at Thompson Speedway, where you can enjoy UCI pro-level races (Vegetarian and gluten-free options will be available)

The Routes

The New England Century

  • Distance: 103 miles / 167 kilometers
  • Elevation Gain: 6,700 feet / 2,040 meters
  • Terrain: Mix of pavement and gravel
    • 15 miles (24 km) of gravel comprised of 19 sectors
    • 89 miles (143 km) of pavement

Metric Medio Fondo

  • Distance: 65 miles / 104 kilometers
  • Elevation Gain: 4,300 feet / 1,300 meters
  • Terrain: Completely paved

Pristine Piccolo Fondo

  • Distance: 35 miles / 56 kilometers
  • Elevation Gain: 1,900 feet / 575 meters
  • Terrain: Completely paved