Race Email, Highlands Gran Fondo

NOTE: Information on this page is subject to changes. Please be sure to check back the week of the event for updates.

Please read all notes below

You must return you timing chip or you will be charged $100.  Please make sure you return it!

Registration will be available at an increased fee on Saturday and Sunday – tell your friends to sign up now.

Packet Pick Up:  (You must check in in person, you must have ID to check in)

Saturday 6/3/17, 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM; Strictly Bicycles 2347 Hudson Terrace Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Saturday 6/3/17, 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM; High Point Brewery 22 Park Pl, Butler, NJ 07405

Sunday 6/4/17, 5:30 AM to 6:45 AM; High Point Brewery 22 Park Pl, Butler, NJ 07405

We recommend picking up your packet on Saturday to avoid the rush


Butler High School 38 Bartholdi Ave, Butler, NJ 07405

Parking regulations will be enforced- Do not park in restricted parking areas you will be fined if you are in violation of parking.  There is lots of space at the school and it’s close to the start finish area.  Please park at the school.

Aid Stations:

There will be 4 aid stations along the 100 mile route, 2 on the 64mi, and 1 on the 25mi (about every 20-25 miles). Each aid station will be fully stocked with Water, HEED drink mix, Hammer Gel, Endurolytes, Endurolyte Fizz, Bananas, PB&J Sandwiches, Cookies & Chips and more.

Bathrooms   Aid-Station will have bathrooms.

Timing Chips

You must have your timing chips installed on race morning.

You will be issued a timing chip, if you do not return the timing chip you will be charged $100.


Maps for 35 mile, 60 mile and 100 mile loops are available for download at the following locations:

Time Sections: (THE RACE)  This is not a start to finish race, your overall time is not calculated only time sections count. 

You Must Obey Traffic Laws.  This is not a closed course, Think Safety First.

Do not cause an accident!!!

All race sections are free of intersections and you have the right of way.  You will not be racing through intersections, this means you can slow down, stop, and be safe.

There are time sections along the route.  As you approach the time sections please travel through the designated area (in your lane of traffic!) so your chip can be properly read and recorded.  The times for your timed sections will be compiled for your review at the finish. 100 mile = 4 timed sections; 60 mile = 3 timed sections; 30 mile = 2 timed sections. You can view all the details for timed section on the above map links, click the map icons for details.

Time sections are open for specific durations. In order to be timed and eligible for awards you must maintain a progression speed between 22mph and 10mph. NOTE: this is progression speed not average speed- progression speed includes all stopped time.  Below is a list stating the times sections are open

Results are live

You and your loved ones can follow your progress, just click on the results link on our home page on race day at:

Cut off times  No exceptions for 100 & 60 mile riders!

If you do not maintain an average progression speed greater than 10mph you will be directed to take a shorter route.  These cut off spots will happen at the pre-established splits and you will be directed to the shorter route. Please Note:  This is a 10mph progression speed not average speed.  Progression speed includes all stopped time.   No exceptions!

Country Flow Yoga: Will join us to host post ride yoga, including Aerial Yoga

Awards and Raffles will be held after 3:30PM and before 4:30PM for 100 mile riders:

Awards for the fastest times.  Three deep for each category.  Custom produced Giordana Highlands Gran Fondo Winners Jersey’s and shorts will be awarded to the fastest riders in each age category of the 100 mile event (Winners Kits are presented by Giordana).  Categories may be combined at promoter’s discretion.  The fastest male in section 2 and in section 4 and the fastest female in section 1 and in section 3 will win a Bertucci watch as a prime.  Cash payout for fastest over all time (male and female).

35 and 60 mile awards will be held by 3:00

Please understand, it is not possible to tell who won until everyone is finished… this is the nature of a gran fondo, the first one back is not necessarily the winner.  We will have great food and High Point Brewery will provide a sample beer (then you can buy more) to help you get to awards. If you do place in the top three of your age group, and you cannot/wish-not-to wait for the awards ceremony, you can send a self-addressed postage-paid mailing package to us and we will mail you your award.  If you are not present at awards you will not receive any prizes, the prize will go to raffle and make someone else happy.

Yes the raffle

Yes the raffle, directly following 100 mile awards, we will have great stuff for the raffle from our sponsors including, a bike frame from Von Hof Cycles, a trip with Bike Division, a stay at Garda Bike Hotel, an Industry Nine Hub-set, a Shimano wheel-set, Feedback Sports work stand, SeaSucker vacuum mount bike rack, Crotch Guard, Swiftwick socks, Hammer Nutrition, Polar Bottle, Rudy Project helmet and sunglasses, Jittery Joe’s Coffee, as well as other great prizes). Yes, it’s worth sticking around for!  (List subject to change, but not much).

Post Ride Food: Hot Food and cold beers served up at the Finish line!

Cold Beer Served up by High Point Brewery

Start Time:

Thanks to all of our great sponsors: Giordana CyclingSwiftwickBicycling Magazine, Bertucci Performance WatchesHammer NutritionPolar BottleRudy ProjectFeedback Sports, Peaks Coaching GroupSeaSucker Vacuum Mount Bike Racks, Rudy Project, Jittery Joe’s Coffee, BikeFlights, Ritchey Components, HUB LabelsCapua Law Firm, Crotch GuardGarda Bike Hotel, and Von Hof Cycles

Riders meeting to take place at 7:15am on Sunday.  Event to start at 7:30am.

Event will start and finish at High Point Brewery 22 Park Pl, Butler, NJ 07405


See map: Google Maps

High Point Brewery 22 Park Pl, Butler, NJ 07405

What to bring:

Please check the weather and make sure you have adequate clothing.

You will be issued a timing chip, if you do not return the timing chip you will be charged $100.

Race numbers must be mounted on your back and be easily readable.

From the staff of GFNCS, we would like to thank you once again for your participation.  If you have any questions feel free to send us an email at

Yours Truly,


Accommodations : We recommend Best Western Regency House Hotel. Located at: 140 State Route 23, Pompton Plains, NJ 07444 (973) 696-0900
Ask for Mary and mention the Gran Fondo bike race to get a $89.99 rate.