The Autumn Classic in the Quiet Corner

9:00 AM
Sunday, October 2, 2016
Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park
Thompson, CT

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 four different routes of 105 and 40 miles with gravel sectors; 65 and 35 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. 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 four routes 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 on two 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. Riders looking for a challenge can push themselves on timed segments throughout the routes.

All four 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 and gluten-free options. Your entry fee will also help support youth cycling programs in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.


The Ride

  • Start and Finish located at the Thompson Speedway – site 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
    • Marked 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


The Routes

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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