Stunning views, great energy, and a premium experience.

Welcome to the 15th year of CT Challenge, Gran Fondo edition. This iconic New England century explores the beauty of Connecticut, as riders travel the edge of reservoirs and lakes, climbing from the coast into watershed and farmland. You’ll gain almost 6,000 feet in 100 miles, visiting five energized aid stations on your way to the catered finish and outdoor music lineup.

The 15th year of CT Challenge leads riders rom the coast to the hills of central Connecticut.

Unforgettable Experience

All inclusive registration

The Gran Fondo weekend kicks off with a Friday night BBQ dinner, followed by the Saturday pre-ride breakfast, all day music festival, world-class aid stations, mechanical support, massage, live music, first class volunteers and catered lunch when you come in.

Gran Fondo registration includes all food, music, mechanical support, massage, and gift bag.

The Route

Wind around resevoirs, farms, lakes (and hills)

You’ll ride with the energy of 1500 cyclists, but at your own pace. The course is timed if you feel like throwing down, or you can choose to make it a conversational tour with your friends.Riders are corralled based on predicted finish time, so the course is open for faster riders in the front.

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

Part of the 7 mile section around Lake Waramaug, near the 50 mile aid station. Fast and empty, its an ad hoc time trial where groups often combine.

Schedule of Events

From BBQ to live music to an incredible keynote speaker...

The Weekend Schedule & Info– Food catered by Cinch & The Fire Engine Pizza Truck– Beer provided by Two Roads– Wine provided by Newman’s Own– Music Lineup– Yard games and kids activities– Program/Center showcase– Free massages– Gift bags …and more!Live music 11:00 AM to 4:30 PM (performances to be announced soon)

VIP Gran Fondo registration includes all food, music, mechanical support, massage, and premium gift bag.

Giving a bit back

Gran Fondo registration

You can register for the Gran Fondo in one of two ways.  By covering your registration with an upfront donation to Mission, the charitable organization that produces the ride. Or paying the registration fee, and fundraising the minimum requirement. All Gran Fondo riders are welcome (and encouraged) to setup a fundraising page, as all funds raised go to support a great cause. We make it easy if you choose to raise money! Click here for more information on fundraising.

We encourage and welcome all who love the spirit and challenge of Gran Fondo to take their first “challenge” in Connecticut. To experience the depth and character of our riders, to bust a few hills with us in Litchfield, and to enjoy the premium event we’ve created.