The Best Australian Gran Fondo Events

cyclists at a gran fondo event

Gran Fondos have become very popular in Australia, with more of them being held each year.

So what is a Gran Fondo? Simply, it is an Italian word for a great ride!

They are usually a mass-participation cycling event where you’ll usually ride over 100 km that day. The emphasis is on camaraderie, spectacular scenery and personal achievement. There’s also the chance to win some prizes!

Electronic timing, ride jerseys, medical and mechanical support, feed zones and road blocks or escort vehicles are common.

Gran Fondos are designed to cater for riders of all abilities and experience, with shorter options often available.

You’ll find over 50 Gran Fondos from around Australia in this ever-growing list of cycling events. Good luck with making a decision!

Upcoming Gran Fondos

You’ll find a list below of Gran Fondos within Australia. Click on the first little grey box to search for rides in each States or a certain location.

November 2019

24NovAll DayGiro Della DonnaAn epic adventure at the Yarra RangesWarburtonState:VICDiscipline:Climb,Gravel,RoadTerrain:Mountainous,UndulatingDistance:121-160 kmType Ride:Charity,Gran-fondo,Race,Recreational

29NovAll Day30L’Étape AustraliaA Tour de France experience at the Snowy MountainsJindabyneState:NSWDiscipline:Climb,RoadTerrain:MountainousDistance:121-160 km,81-120 kmType Ride:Century,Gran-fondo,Race,Recreational

December 2019

01DecAll DaySally's Ride - Tamar Valley Cycle ChallengeChallenge yourself with a cycle through the Tamar ValleyLauncestonState:TASDiscipline:RoadTerrain:Mixed,UndulatingDistance:121-160 km,81-120 kmType Ride:Century,Charity,Gran-fondo,Recreational

January 2020

12JanAll DayTumut Cycle ClassicA great day out riding the Snowy MountainsTumutState:NSWDiscipline:family friendly,RoadTerrain:Mixed,UndulatingDistance:1-40 km,41-80 km,81-120 kmType Ride:Century,Charity,Gran-fondo,Recreational

24JanAll DayChallenge Tour - Santos Tour Down UnderYour chance to ride a leg of the Santos Tour Down UnderAdelaideState:SADiscipline:RoadTerrain:Mixed,UndulatingDistance:1-40 km,121-160 km,41-80 km,81-120 kmType Ride:Century,Charity,Gran-fondo

26JanAll Day27Alpine ClassicAustralia's toughest 1 day cycling eventBright State:VICDiscipline:Climb,RoadTerrain:MountainousDistance:121-160 km,160+ km,41-80 km,81-120 kmType Ride:Century,Gran-fondo,Multi-day,Recreational

February 2020

01FebAll DayCadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race: People's RideRide with the legend himselfGeelongState:VICDiscipline:family friendly,RoadTerrain:Flat,UndulatingDistance:1-40 km,41-80 km,81-120 kmType Ride:Century,Gran-fondo,Recreational

March 2020

08MarAll DayPeaks Challenge – Falls CreekOne of Australia's toughest eventsFalls CreekState:VICDiscipline:Climb,RoadTerrain:MountainousDistance:160+ kmType Ride:Gran-fondo,Recreational,Ultra

14MarAll Day15Bathurst Cycling ClassicA weekend of cycling that is not to be missed!BathurstState:NSWDiscipline:RoadTerrain:Mixed,UndulatingDistance:41-80 km,81-120 kmType Ride:Gran-fondo,Race,Recreational

15MarAll DayCoast to CoastA scenic coastal ride from Adelaide to Victor HarbourAdelaideState:SADiscipline:RoadTerrain:Flat,Mixed,UndulatingDistance:41-80 km,81-120 kmType Ride:Century,Gran-fondo,Recreational

22MarAll DaySnowy Valleys Cycle ChallengeRide the iconic Snowy MountainsAdelongState:NSWDiscipline:Climb,RoadTerrain:MountainousDistance:1-40 km,121-160 km,41-80 kmType Ride:Century,Charity,Gran-fondo,Recreational

22MarAll DayNewcrest Orange ChallengeA good day on the saddle in regional NSWOrangeState:NSWDiscipline:RoadTerrain:Mixed,UndulatingDistance:160+ km,41-80 km,81-120 kmType Ride:Gran-fondo,Recreational

22MarAll DayThe Western Tiers Cycle ChallengeA challenging ride through the Meander ValleyLauncestonState:TASDiscipline:family friendly,RoadTerrain:Flat,Mixed,UndulatingDistance:1-40 km,41-80 km,81-120 kmType Ride:Century,Charity,Gran-fondo,Recreational

22MarAll DayIpswich 100 Bike RideA day out for cyclists of all level with great viewsIpswichState:QLDDiscipline:family friendly,RoadTerrain:Flat,MixedDistance:1-40 km,160+ km,41-80 km,81-120 kmType Ride:Century,Charity,Gran-fondo,Recreational

29MarAll DayRide the RangeA day out thru the Lockyer Valley for riders of all abilityToowoombaState:QLDDiscipline:Climb,RoadTerrain:Mixed,Mountainous,UndulatingDistance:41-80 km,81-120 kmType Ride:Century,Charity,Gran-fondo,Recreational

29MarAll DayThe Bobbin Head Cycle ClassicA hard ride through scenic Ku-ring-gai ChaseSydneyState:NSWDiscipline:family friendly,RoadTerrain:Mixed,UndulatingDistance:1-40 km,41-80 km,81-120 kmType Ride:Century,Charity,Gran-fondo,Recreational

April 2020

05AprAll DayClare ClassicThe Clare Classic is a Gran Fondo style weekend amongst wineriesClareState:SADiscipline:RoadTerrain:Mixed,UndulatingDistance:121-160 km,41-80 km,81-120 kmType Ride:Century,Gran-fondo,Recreational

05AprAll DayDams Challenge **Date for 2020 TBC**A challenging ride to the dams in the Perth escarpmentPerthState:WADiscipline:RoadTerrain:Mixed,UndulatingDistance:121-160 km,160+ km,41-80 kmType Ride:Century,Gran-fondo,Recreational

18AprAll DayGreat Ocean & Otway Classic RideCycle the iconic Great Ocean RoadTorquayState:VICDiscipline:RoadTerrain:Mixed,UndulatingDistance:121-160 km,160+ km,41-80 kmType Ride:Century,Charity,Gran-fondo,Recreational

May 2020

03MayAll DayMudgee ClassicA Gran Fondo weekend in MudgeeState:NSWDiscipline:RoadTerrain:Mixed,UndulatingDistance:121-160 km,81-120 kmType Ride:Century,Gran-fondo,Recreational

Past Gran Fondos

You’ll find a list below of previous Gran Fondos within Australia.  Most of these are repeated each year around the same time. Click on the first little grey box to search for rides in each States or a certain location.

November 2019

16NovAll DayTatura 200 Charity Bike RideRide through the beautiful Goulburn ValleyTaturaState:VICDiscipline:family friendly,MTB,RoadTerrain:Flat,UndulatingDistance:1-40 km,160+ km,41-80 km,81-120 kmType Ride:Century,Gran-fondo,Recreational

16NovAll DayThe SlogA challenging day out for cyclists in the Strezlecki RangesMelbourneState:VICDiscipline:RoadTerrain:Mixed,UndulatingDistance:1-40 km,121-160 km,41-80 km,81-120 kmType Ride:Century,Charity,Gran-fondo,Recreational

09NovAll DayBass Coast Cycle ChallengeA spectacular ride through the Bass Coast hillsInverlochState:VICDiscipline:RoadTerrain:Flat,MixedDistance:121-160 km,41-80 km,81-120 kmType Ride:Century,Gran-fondo,Recreational

03Nov12:00 am11:59 pmFleurieu Fondo - Road ride Ride the Adelaide Southern Expressway (with no cars!)AdelaideState:SADiscipline:CX,family friendly,Gravel,RoadTerrain:Mixed,UndulatingDistance:1-40 km,121-160 km,41-80 km,81-120 kmType Ride:Century,Charity,Gran-fondo,Recreational

03Nov12:00 am11:59 pmMS Sydney to the GongAn iconic ride along scenic coastlineSydneyState:NSWDiscipline:RoadTerrain:Mixed,UndulatingDistance:41-80 km,81-120 kmType Ride:Century,Charity,Gran-fondo,Recreational

October 2019

27OctAll DayFitz's ChallengeOne of Australia's toughest hill climbing ridesStromloState:ACTDiscipline:Climb,RoadTerrain:Mountainous,UndulatingDistance:160+ km,41-80 km,81-120 kmType Ride:Century,Charity,Gran-fondo,Recreational

20OctAll DayBowral ClassicA classic 1 day event 'not to be missed'BowralState:NSWDiscipline:RoadTerrain:Mixed,MountainousDistance:1-40 km,121-160 km,160+ km,81-120 kmType Ride:Century,Gran-fondo,Recreational

13OctAll DayMoreton Bay 100 Charity Bike RideAn epic ride around Moreton BayBrisbaneState:QLDDiscipline:family friendly,RoadTerrain:Mixed,UndulatingDistance:1-40 km,160+ km,41-80 km,81-120 kmType Ride:Century,Charity,Gran-fondo,Recreational

11OctAll Day13Sam Miranda Gran FondoAn epic ride through the wineries of King ValleyKing ValleyState:VICDiscipline:Gravel,RoadTerrain:Mixed,Mountainous,UndulatingDistance:81-120 kmType Ride:Gran-fondo,Recreational

06OctAll DayAround the BayAustralia's largest iconic cycle event!MelbourneState:VICDiscipline:family friendly,RoadTerrain:Flat,Mixed,UndulatingDistance:1-40 km,121-160 km,160+ km,41-80 km,81-120 kmType Ride:Century,Charity,Gran-fondo,Recreational,Ultra

05OctAll DayArapiles Cycling Event - The A.C.E. RideRide through beautiful Wimmera for the dayHorshamState:VICDiscipline:RoadTerrain:Flat,Mixed,UndulatingDistance:1-40 km,41-80 km,81-120 kmType Ride:Century,Charity,Gran-fondo,Recreational

September 2019

28SepAll DaySydney CC Ride For a ReasonOne of Sydney's most challenging ridesSydneyState:NSWDiscipline:RoadTerrain:Mixed,UndulatingDistance:121-160 km,160+ kmType Ride:Century,Charity,Gran-fondo,Recreational

22SepAll DayRobbie McEwen Gran FondoAn epic cycling weekend at the Gold CoastNerangState:QLDDiscipline:Climb,family friendly,MTB,RoadTerrain:Mountainous,UndulatingDistance:1-40 km,121-160 km,81-120 kmType Ride:Century,Charity,Gran-fondo,Recreational

21SepAll DayGo for Broke Bike RideAn epic ride to the Hunter Valley to beat depressionSydneyState:NSWDiscipline:RoadTerrain:Mixed,UndulatingDistance:160+ kmType Ride:Century,Charity,Gran-fondo,Recreational

15SepAll DayBrisbane to Gold Coast Cycle ChallengeOne of QLD's biggest charity bike ridesBrisbaneState:QLDDiscipline:RoadTerrain:Flat,MixedDistance:41-80 km,81-120 kmType Ride:Century,Charity,Gran-fondo,Recreational

15SepAll DayAmy's Gran FondoOne of Australia's most iconic charity ridesLorneState:VICDiscipline:Climb,family friendly,RoadTerrain:Mixed,Mountainous,UndulatingDistance:1-40 km,41-80 km,81-120 kmType Ride:Charity,Gran-fondo,Race,Recreational

14SepAll DayRiver 2 Reef RideAn epic adventure through the canefields of MackayMackayState:QLDDiscipline:family friendly,RoadTerrain:Mixed,UndulatingDistance:1-40 km,121-160 km,41-80 km,81-120 kmType Ride:Century,Charity,Gran-fondo,Recreational

08SepAll DayFruitloop RideAn epic adventure through orchards in the Goulburn ValleySheppartonState:VICDiscipline:family friendly,RoadTerrain:Mixed,UndulatingDistance:1-40 km,41-80 km,81-120 kmType Ride:Gran-fondo,Recreational

07SepAll DayBondi 2 Berry RideA popular ride through some memorable countrysideSydneyState:NSWDiscipline:RoadTerrain:Mixed,UndulatingDistance:121-160 kmType Ride:Century,Charity,Gran-fondo,Recreational

01SepAll DayBrisbane to Sunshine Coast Charity Ride (B2SC)A tough ride with big climbsBrisbaneState:QLDDiscipline:RoadTerrain:Flat,UndulatingDistance:81-120 kmType Ride:Charity,Gran-fondo

August 2019

18AugAll DayNoosa ClassicEscape the winter blues by riding at the Sunshine CoastNoosaState:QLDDiscipline:RoadTerrain:Mixed,UndulatingDistance:121-160 km,41-80 km,81-120 kmType Ride:Century,Gran-fondo,Recreational

18AugAll DayTop End Gran FondoEscape the winter cold to DarwinDarwinState:NTDiscipline:family friendly,RoadTerrain:Flat,UndulatingDistance:1-40 km,121-160 km,81-120 kmType Ride:Gran-fondo,Recreational

10AugAll Day11Noosa Strade BiancheEscape winter with a weekend of riding in the sunNoosaState:QLDDiscipline:Gravel,RoadTerrain:Mixed,UndulatingDistance:121-160 km,81-120 kmType Ride:Gran-fondo,Recreational,Retro

03AugAll DayMt Isa Border RideA gruelling flat ride that will test your willpowerMt IsaState:QLDDiscipline:RoadTerrain:Mixed,UndulatingDistance:121-160 kmType Ride:Century,Gran-fondo,Recreational

July 2019

28JulAll DayRathdowney RumbleRIde the scenic rim along the McPherson RangesRathdowneyState:QLDDiscipline:RoadTerrain:UndulatingDistance:160+ kmType Ride:Century,Charity,Gran-fondo

May 2019

19MayAll DayForbes Flat Land Cyclo SportifA flat ride that will still challenge youForbesState:NSWDiscipline:RoadTerrain:FlatDistance:41-80 km,81-120 kmType Ride:Century,Charity,Gran-fondo

11MayAll DayGrafton to Inverell Cycle ClassicAustralia's toughest one day classicGraftonState:NSWDiscipline:RoadTerrain:Mixed,Mountainous,UndulatingDistance:160+ kmType Ride:Gran-fondo,Race,Ultra

April 2019

28AprAll DayRide the Ranges EuroaA 1 day cycle thru the Strathbodie RangesEuroaState:VICDiscipline:RoadTerrain:Flat,UndulatingDistance:1-40 km,121-160 km,81-120 kmType Ride:Charity,Gran-fondo,Recreational

20Apr12:00 am11:59 pmThe ROVE One Day Classic - ToodyayA 1 day challenging ride to ToodyayPerthState:WADiscipline:RoadTerrain:Flat,UndulatingDistance:121-160 kmType Ride:Century,Gran-fondo,Recreational

14AprAll DayRide of DutyA memorial ride through the Golad Coast hinterlandBurleigh HeadsState:QLDDiscipline:RoadTerrain:Mixed,UndulatingDistance:41-80 km,81-120 kmType Ride:Century,Gran-fondo,Recreational

14AprAll DayTour de BrisbaneA UCI Qualifier Gran Fondo ride through Brisbane cityBrisbaneState:QLDDiscipline:family friendly,RoadTerrain:Mixed,UndulatingDistance:1-40 km,41-80 km,81-120 kmType Ride:Century,Gran-fondo,Race,Recreational

March 2019

24Mar12:00 am11:59 pmCity of Armadale Grand FondoA great day out in the southern Perth hillsPerthState:WADiscipline:RoadTerrain:Mixed,UndulatingDistance:41-80 km,81-120 kmType Ride:Gran-fondo,Recreational

23MarAll DayTour of the BlackwoodA challenging ride around Bridgetown and NannupBridgetownState:WADiscipline:family friendly,RoadTerrain:Flat,Mixed,UndulatingDistance:1-40 km,121-160 km,41-80 kmType Ride:Century,Charity,Gran-fondo,Recreational

10MarAll DayCycle of GivingAn iconic 1 day charity ride in BrisbaneCaloundraState:QLDDiscipline:family friendly,RoadTerrain:Mixed,UndulatingDistance:1-40 km,41-80 km,81-120 kmType Ride:Century,Charity,Gran-fondo,Recreational

03MarAll DayBig Canberra Bike RideCanberra's largest group rideCanberraState:ACTDiscipline:family friendly,RoadTerrain:Mixed,Mountainous,UndulatingDistance:1-40 km,41-80 km,81-120 kmType Ride:Charity,Gran-fondo,Recreational

February 2019

23FebAll DayLake Hume Cycle ChallengeA great day riding through Albury-WodongaWodongaState:NSWDiscipline:family friendly,RoadTerrain:Flat,Mixed,UndulatingDistance:1-40 km,121-160 km,41-80 kmType Ride:Charity,Gran-fondo,Recreational

Other cycling events

You can find other rides in our online Cycling Event Calendar, which has over 200 events listed in it.

Please don’t forget to leave a review of any rides you’ve attended. This helps other riders to work out if it’s a ride that they want to attend or not! All you have to do is leave a comment at the bottom of the page of the ride page. You can find a list of all the rides here.

And please do contact me if there are any Victorian rides that we’ve missed!

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