‘Gran Fondo NJ Weekend’ Slated For September In Morris County

The Morris County Board of Freeholders have proclaimed the weekend of Sept. 9-10 as “2017 Gran Fondo NJ Weekend’’ in Morris County, to call attention to the seventh annual statewide and regional cycling event on Sept. 10 in Morristown.
The event is expected to draw more than 2,500 cyclists and many hundreds more families and friends to Morris County.
The freeholders 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 leadership in bringing this major cycling event to Morris County for a seventh consecutive year.
“The Gran Fondo NJ is now the biggest and most prestigious cycling event in New Jersey, and one of the best in the nation,’’ said Morris County Freeholder Director Doug Cabana. “It has become a fixture on the Morris County sports and fitness scene thanks to Marty Epstein, Bill Ruddick and their team.”
“The Gran Fondo draws thousands of people to Morris County, providing a boost to the county’s economy, showing off the county as a tourism destination, and serving as a real-life advertisement for the quality of life in our county,”
Added Cabana.
In addition to the biking, 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 event, which has been used by riders supporting local and national charities, and which has raised more than $1 million for local and regional charities over the past six years.
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 100 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. To view videos of the 2016 Gran Fondo NJ and other past Gran Fondos, visit: http://granfondonj.com/videos/.

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