Sunday, October 2, 2016
Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park
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Early bird pricing ends September 11!
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 three different routes of 105, 65, and 40 miles, riders will have the opportunity to explore the finest roads and most pristine autumn landscapes that Southern New England has to offer. The 105-mile route will serve as the 2016 Major Taylor Century presented by the Seven Hills Wheelmen. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Major Taylor Association.
The three routes wind through charming towns and past quaint New England farms, offering picturesque views of the fall foliage. Sticking to their New England roots, course designers have included several gravel sectors (all rideable on a road bike) highlighting some of the best kept secrets in the Quiet Corner of Connecticut. Riders looking for a challenge can push themselves on timed segments comprised of climbs and gravel sectors throughout the routes.
All three courses 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.
Your registration includes a T-shirt, a souvenir New Belgium beer glass, and nourishing post-ride meal with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. Your entry fee will also help support youth cycling programs in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.
- Start and Finish located at the Thompson Speedway – Home of the 2016 KMC Cross Fest.
- Quiet back roads with minimal traffic through Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island
- Stretches of hard packed gravel roads highlight each route
- Competitive segments will be posted on all routes (competition optional)
- Routes will be well marked and available for download as GPX files
- Directional and confirmation arrows at all turns
- Signs marking gravel sectors and their difficulty ratings
- Markings for beginning and end points for competitive segments
- Fully stocked rest stops at local establishments, including Taylor Brook Winery
- 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 and visit the Builders’ Ball and exposition
- Vegetarian and gluten-free options will be available
Major Taylor Century (co-presented by the Seven Hills Wheelmen)
- Distance: 105 miles / 170 kilometers
- Elevation Gain: 6,750 feet / 2,000 meters
- Gravel Terrain: 15 miles (24 km) comprised of 19 sectors
- Distance: 65 miles / 105 kilometers
- Elevation Gain: 4,000 feet of climbing / 1,200 meters
- Gravel Terrain: 11 miles (18 km) comprised of 13 sectors
- Distance: 40 miles / 65 kilometers
- Elevation Gain: 2,500 feet / 750 meters
- Gravel Terrain: 6 miles (10 km) comprised of 7 sectors