For Cyclists Of All Abilities. Beginner Riders To Century Riders Can Experience New England:

Stunning views, great energy, and a premium experience.

Welcome to the 19th year of the CT Challenge. This iconic New England Grand Fondo Bike Festival ride explores the beauty of Connecticut, as bike riders travel along the edge of reservoirs and lakes, climbing from the coast into watershed and farmland. With five route distances for all levels of cyclists, you'll enjoy some of the best routes in Connecticut, fully supported with energized aid stations, a catered finish and outdoor music lineup.  NEW THIS YEAR: We have a sponsor who will fund $150 toward each 100 mile rider who signs up for our epic Century ride by June 1. (All 100 mile route riders who sign up this year will have this donation applied to their fundraising account on August 30, 2023. To take advantage of this offer, you must send us an e-mail to to let us know. )

The 19th year of the CT Challenge leads bikers from the coast to the hills of central Connecticut.

Unforgettable Experience

All inclusive registration

The weekend kicks off with pre-registration on Friday, followed by the Saturday pre-ride breakfast, all day music festival, world-class aid stations, SAG vehicle support, live music, first class volunteers and catered lunch when you come in.

Registration includes all food, music, mechanical support, and gift bag.

The Bike Routes

Ride along the coast, wind around resevoirs, farms, lakes (and hills)

You’ll ride your bike with the energy of 500-600 cyclists, but at your own pace. The CT Challenge is a Ride, not a race. Bike riders are corralled based on route distance, so the course is open for the longer distance riders in the front.

We’ve spent hundreds of hours perfecting each route. Each year we re-route around construction and obstacles, refining and adjusting the most beautiful routes in New England.

Part of the 7 mile section around Lake Waramoug, near the 50 mile aid station. Fast and empty, its a gorgeous section offered on the century route.

Schedule of Events

From BBQ to live music to yard games and awesome energy!

Friday:– Early Registration 5:00pm-8:00pm– Pick up rider bib Saturday Schedule:– 5:30am-7:30am Registration, Pick up rider bib & Pre-ride breakfast catered by Cinch– 6:30am Start for 100 mile riders– 8:00am Start for 10, 40 & 62 mile riders– Ride finishes at 4:30pm (course is closed)– Barbecue lunch catered by Cinch (10:00am-4:00pm); yard games and activities– Music (3 Bands)– Gift bags …and more! Live music 10:00am to 4:00pm

Registration includes all food, music, mechanical support, and premium gift bag.

Giving a bit back


The purpose of the CT Challenge ride is to raise funds for those impacted by cancer. All funds raised go to support the game-changing programs for cancer survivors provided by Mission. Or paying the registration fee, and fundraising the minimum requirement. Upon registration, riders will be provided a fundraising page, that can be used to effortlessly raise funds for a great cause. We make it easy to raise money! As a 501 (c) (3) charity, any donations made are tax deductible.

We encourage and welcome all who love the spirit and challenge of cycling to take their first “challenge” in Connecticut. To experience the depth and character of our riders, to bust a few hills with us, and to enjoy the premium event we’ve created. The CT Challenge is a charity bike ride, not a race.