Registration Opens for Gran Fondo in Morristown

Seeing Eye President Jim Kutsch and his tandem captain Rob Steidlitz cycle down Speedwell Avenue to Marty's Reliable Cycle in Morristown on Wednesday to celebrate the registration event held for the inaugural Gran Fondo NJ (Photo courtesy of the Daily Record)

Dozens of cyclists as well as members of Morris County nonprofits converged on Marty’s Reliable Cycle Wednesday night for a registration event in advance of August’s inaugural Gran Fondo NJ.

Gran Fondo NJ, a full weekend of family fun geared toward sustainability minded cyclists and noncyclists, begins Aug. 26 and continues through “ride day” Aug. 28.

There are three main rides — of 30, 60 and 100 miles — with the longest featuring more than 8,000 feet of climbing. More than 2,500 cyclists and thousands of spectators are expected to visit Morristown and the surrounding area during that weekend.

Gran Fondo translates to “big ride” in Italy, where the popular long-distance rides take place almost weekly with thousands of participants. More than 500 cyclists already are registered for the Morristown event.

The event is part fun, part fundraiser, said Marty Epstein, chairman of the event committee and owner of Marty’s Reliable Cycle. Proceeds will go to the Seeing Eye, Homeless Solutions and Grow it Green Morristown — whose members will lead a special ride to its community gardens.

Read more from the Daily Record.

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