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. (

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. (

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. (