Coming May 18, 2014. Serious cycling in the Big Apple! FYI, “gran fondo” is Italian for “long distance” or “great endurance.” And the Gran Fondo New York is a classic… starting at the George Washington Bridge, crossing over to Jersey and running north along the Hudson River to Montagna dell’Orso (aka Bear Mountain). One option stops there (the GFNY BEAR 50) and the other has you climbing yet more and then cycling all the way back (the GFNY 100). So get training, because this is gonna be fun!