PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND – It’s here! Just in time for the fall foliage season, the Gran Fondo New England makes its debut on Sunday, October 6 at the Providence Cyclo-cross Festival. Organized by Brian Ignatin of Kermesse Sport, the New England Gran Fondo expands the footprint of the Festival beyond the green of Roger Williams Park and onto the asphalt playground that awaits outside the city.
- Piccolo Fondo– The short course takes riders on a comfortable route through the outskirts of the city, past the Cranston Country Club, north past the J.L. Curran Park and heads back toward the city after the Alpine Country Club in Cranston. The 27-mile course is ideal for those looking to partake in the fun of a group ride, while staying close to home. The short course stays entirely in Rhode Island.
- Medio Fondo– This 64-mile route heads further west after the Cranston Country Club and along the Scituate Reservoir. Riders skirt the Audubon Society George B. Parker Woodland, before crossing into Connecticut. The route continues through Sterling, Conn. and north, curving east and crossing the Barden and Scituate reservoirs before heading back into the city.
- Gran Fondo– Follows the route of the Medio Fondo through Sterling, curves north toward the Massachusetts border and the Douglas State Forest then routes riders south toward the Scituate reservoir before heading back into Providence. This 103-mile route includes four aid stations and a total of 6,334’ of elevation gain.