The Autumn Classic in the Quiet Corner

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

A dream come true for any cyclist, Gran Fondo New England presented by Eddy Merckx Cycles promises to deliver a day of fun and excitement to riders of any ability. Comprised of several different routes composed of gravel sectors as well as fully-paved courses, 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.


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 each route
  • Routes will be well marked and available for download as GPX files
  • Fully stocked rest stops at local establishments
    • Transportation to finish line for any purchases made at rest stop partners
  • Mechanical support and SAG vehicles
  • Post-ride meal at Thompson Speedway, where you can enjoy UCI pro-level races
    • Vegetarian and gluten-free options will be available


The Routes (2016 Routes, 2017 Routes coming soon!)

2016 Routes, 2017 Routes coming soon!

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Major Taylor Century  presented by Seven Hills Wheelmen

  • Distance: 104 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

People’s Piccolo Fondo

  • Distance: 39 miles / 63 kilometers
  • Elevation Gain: 2,350 feet / 720 meters
  • Terrain: Mix of pavement and gravel
    • 6 miles (10 km) of gravel comprised of 7 sectors
    • 33 miles (53 km) of pavement

Pristine Piccolo Fondo

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