The gran fondo has blossomed into more than just cycling's hottest trend. It's a true testament of your endurance race (they're all at least 75 miles long), and a stellar way to sightsee.

Use these foolproof tips to conquer a gran fondo, then sign up for one of these top-rated races in the U.S. in 2017-2018.

1. Levi's Gran Fondo

When: September 30

Where: Santa Rosa, CA

Levi Leipherimer's tour of this Sonoma Country route passes through ancient redwood forests and bucolic vineyards on its way to the NorCal's rugged coastal Highway 1. (levisgranfondo.com)

2. Gran Fondo Hincapie

When: October 21

Where: Greenville, SC

The 80 miles of this fondo trace one of ex-pro George Hincapie's favorite training rides for the Tour de France, a race he competed in a record-tying 17 times. (granfondohincapie.com)

3. Campagnolo Gran Fondo NY

When: May 20, 2018

Where: New York, NY

Rolling from the George Washington Bridge—the world's busiest—up the Hudson River to Bear Mountain, this fondo proves there's more to NYC cycling than laps around Central Park. (gfny.com)

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