When you think of New York City, New York, you probably don’t think of cycling, but just over the Hudson River there are lots of challenging, scenic roads that offer some serious climbing as well as beautiful pedaling.
Spring’s Gran Fondo New York delivers all that and more. It’s a huge event—some years it attracts up to 7,000 participants—and tests riders over 100 miles and 8,000 feet of climbing.
Starting on the famous George Washington Bridge—closed for the fondo’s rollout—you’ll head north along leafy river roads on the way to the extra-cycling-friendly town Nyack, then to the tough five-mile climb of Bear Mountain, the best-known ascent in the area, where you’ll soak up memorable views.
On the way back toward the Big Apple, the challenge keeps up with rolling hills all the way to the finish in the town of Weehawken, where, in the tradition of Italian gran fondo, you’ll refuel with all the pasta you can eat.
The Gran Fondo New York is held in May.