Looking for a Gran Fondo to ride near you? We’ve gathered up this list of every single Gran Fondo in the USA that we could find. If we have missed any, please leave a comment and let us know so we can look it up and verify and add it here.
What is a Gran Fondo?
A Gran Fondo is like a mix between an organized bicycle rally and a race. You can ride them fast or you can ride them slow, at your own option.
Originally introduced in Italy in the 1970s, they are timed like a marathon rather than like a traditional bike race. You’re racing against the clock instead of trying to sprint for the win at the end, even though it’s a mass start event. Most Gran Fondos have chip timing.
Gran Fondos are generally at least 120 kilometers in length, which is around 75 miles. Many of them also have shorter timed sections, so that you could just choose to try for winning a KOM (king of the mountain) on a big climb and not trying to compete for the overall fastest time. It’s your choice, and there’s no wrong way to ride one. You don’t have to try for a fast time at all if you don’t want to.
Happy New Year Bike Ride – Blue Ridge, Texas
The event is held on January 1st and it now offers three routes of up to 40 miles. Registration is required in December.
New Years Day Ride – Long Beach, California
With a length of up to 88 miles, the ride starts at the Alamitos Bay Marina. The ride ends back along the Pacific Coast Highway.
Polar Bear Ride – Greensboro, North Carolina
The race stretches up to 61 miles. Shorter marked routes are also made possible at 25 and 41 miles.
New Years Day Ride – Orlando, Florida
The route stretches to 44 miles. It is popular as it takes participants or roads which would not be available at any other time of the year.
Loop For Literacy – Lake Worth, Florida
The event is based requires ticket purchases as it helps raise funds for literacy. The route’s total length is 40 miles.
Tour de Palm Springs – Palm Springs, Florida
The event stretches up to 103 miles. It already raised $1 million for charities.
Velo Love Ride – Gridley, California
Offering pre-ride coffee and snacks, the event is relaxing, taking participants over mostly flat terrains. 40, 60 and 100-mile adventures are marked.
Chilly Hilly – Seattle, Washington
The short 33 ride runs along the scenic Bainbridge Island. The event also supports local charities.
Pedal for a Purpose – Waller, Texas
Starting early in the morning, the event stretches to 70 miles. Discounted tickets are available since February.
Road Apple Roubaix – Garrettsville, Ohio
There’s a mass appeal about the event as there are 3 routes to choose from. 15, 25 and 40 mile sections are available.
Ride Robeson Metric Century – Lumberton, North Carolina
The event is characterized by a flat and low traffic ride. Access is exclusively based on ticket purchases.
Solvang Century – Solvang, California
3 routes are established within the event. Their maximum elevation is 4.950, 3.000 and 1.850.
El Tour de Mesa – Mesa, Arizona
The event is based around Mesa. Immersive scenery includes the road around the Red Mountain.
California Classic Century Ride – Fresno, California
Routes of 35, 60 and 100 miles are offered at the race. The city of Clovis and the city of Fresno are involved in the event.
Tour de Summerlin – Las Vegas, Nevada
With a large number of biking lanes, the event started back in 2002. It already is a stable of the Southwest.
Forsyth Metric Century – Cumming, Georgia
The event is marked by its charitable profile. But it also takes participants through the scenic Forsyth County roads.
Wine Country Century – Santa Rosa, California
With a long ride of up to 118 miles, the event is recommended for Sonoma County backroad cycling. The Russian River is crossed 6 times during the race.
Tour de Lincoln – Lincoln, California
The event is characterized by Class-2 bike lanes. Participants can admire various attractions along the ride, such as the Lincoln Hills Golf Course.
Gran Fondo Salt Lake – Salt Lake City, Utah
Plenty of hills need to be tackled in the 100-mile event. Medals are offered to all participants of this demanding event.
Iron Horse Bicycle Classic – Durango, Colorado
The event is mainly addressed to those seeking a combination of gravel, dirt and paved roads.
Flying Wheels Summer Century – Redmond, Washington
The rural side of the route is what mainly attracts its participants. Organic farms can be spotted at various points along this route.
BCLC Ramble – Wilmot, Wisconsin
The events starts and ends at Kenosha County Fairgrounds. Tickets are available on the day of the event.
Garrett County Gran Fondo – McHenry, Maryland
As the unofficial climbing Gran Fondo king, the event supports Garret Trails and their efforts.
Farm to Fork Fondo Pensylvania Dutch – Wyebrook, Pensylvania
The event is a top choice for those with a sweet tooth. Local fresh treats are offered at every stop as well as a post-race barbeque.
Triple Bypass Ride – Evergreen, Colorado
With thousands of participants, the event is characterized by distinct mountain passes. The longest version of the event is 120 miles.
Black Bear Gran Fondo – Grayling, Michigan
45, 62 and 100-mile versions are available at the Gran Fondo. Rustic camping is possible at the Hanson Hills Recreation Area.
Salmon Cycling Classic – Wilsonville, Oregon
The event has a distinct mass appeal. Avid cyclists can also test their limits at a 5.000 feet elevation.
Pining for a Cure – Whiting, New Jersey
With reduced traffic, the event is suitable for its flat profile with a low elevation of up to 1.500 feet.
FCCUSA – Davidson, North Carolina
Held in 6 cities, the event is both recreational and competitive. The full length of the event is 75 miles.
Tour of Napa Valley – Yountville, California
Cycling through the charming vineyard countryside can’t be matched by many other Gran Fondos.
GFNS Golden Gran Fondo – Golden, Colorado
With some of the most scenic cycling locations, the event has plenty of attractions. From the Rocky Mountains to the continental divide, it stretches to 91 miles in length.
High Pass Challenge – Packwood, Washington
The demanding ride is also one of the most spectacular as it passes through Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
MACC One Love Century – Atlanta, Georgia
5 well-marked courses are available at the event from 16 miles to 101 miles. Horse farms a the South Fulton County are among its attractions.
Tour de Fuzz – Santa Rosa, California
There are three Wine Country rides to choose from within the event. Small hills are included as a result.
Gran Fondo NJ – Morristown, New Jersey
With festive stops and 5 included routes, the event welcomes all participants. Held 5 times per year, the ride is most popular in September.
Icon Tour of the Moon – Grand Rapids, Colorado
The event has been popularized by the American Flyers movie. Up to 2.000 participants are expected each year.
Mount Dora Bicycle Festival – Mount Dora, Florida
With an impressive number of 16 routes, the event has more than 700 marked miles. Tickets are available online.
Levi’s Gran Fondo – Santa Rosa, California
Covering 117 miles, the popular event is bound to gather up to 4.000 participants. Various charities benefit from all sold tickets.
Between the Waters Bike Tour – Cape Charles, Virginia
With a coastal appeal, the event is held between the bay and the sea. There are no hills to tackle during the ride.
FCCUSA – Ridgeland, Mississippi
Ridgeland is a top sporting destination. The ride follows the travel corridor used by American Indians.
Cycle of Hope – Palo Alto, California
With a total length of 100 miles, the ride has a charitable purpose. It helps Habitat for Humanity build more local affordable homes.
El Tour de Tucson – Tucson, Arizona
Held before Thanksgiving, the event gathers up to 9.000 cyclists. It also has a shorter time-based indoor alternative.
Turkey Roll Bicycle Rally – Denton, Texas
With a shorter 68-mile profile, the event offers interesting prizes and various snacks supporting local schools.
Pittsburgh Dirty Dozen – Pittsburgh, Pensylvania
Going over Pittsburgh’s 13 steepest hills, the event is won by the fastest cyclist who crosses the finish line without stopping.
JHOP 100 Century Ride – St. Cloud, Florida
The event is held on comfortable country roads. Cheap tickets are sold until August each year.
Gravel Fondo Parkersburg – Parkersburg, Pensylvania
With gravel and pavements, the event in the Amish Country can be joined with cross-type bikes and mountain bikes.
The Iceman’s Challenge – China Springs, Texas
Based on varied surfaces, the event offers both time and non-competitive versions.
Mission to Mission – San Antonio, Texas
The event is dedicated to individuals and families. Individuals head towards Braunig Lake while families pass the Spanish Colonial Missions at the San Antonio River.
Highland Bike Fest – Sebring, Florida
Offering rural Florida’s best attractions, the event invites participants of all levels. Low traffic roads are among its strengths.
Hains Point 100 – Washington, District of Columbia
Specifically made to boost the popularity of cycling among women, the event has a short history, with its first edition held in 2012. Distance and time-based routes are offered.