Press & Praise
“You should always believe what you read in the newspapers, for that makes them more interesting” ~ Rose McCaulay
"The 11 Best Gran Fondos in America"
Canadian Cycling Magazine
"The 10 Best Late-Season Gran Fondos in North America"
WAMC Northeast Public Radio
On-air interview with Festival organizer Tyler Wren and Carey Institute for Global Good president Carol Ash
"Pro Cyclist Creates an Event for All"
Time Warner Cable News
"Benefits of Getting Back to Biking"
Adirondack Sports & Fitness
"Biking the Helderberg Hilltowns"
"Mass-Start Cycling: Advice from a Pro and Fall Events"
Ed Beamon, Team Jamis - Hagens Berman assistant director, 2014 Gran Fondo participant
"Thanks Tyler Wren, Jamis Bicycles and all the staff and volunteers and the current & former Jamis / Hagens Berman Cycling team professionals who made the Rennselaerville Cycling Festival one of the all time best days on a bike! Amazing scenery, fabulous roads, impeccable organization and a remarkable collection of people...on and off the bike. You could not ask for more in a cycling event. I'm already looking forward to 2015."
Ashley P, winner of Jamis bicycle giveaway, 2014 Medio Fondo participant
"Hands down my favorite event of the year. One of the few events where I actually stuck around afterwards to enjoy the music and the food and check out the tents! People directing traffic at every corner, and aid stations were great (ice cream!?) Everyone involved with the event seemed genuinely happy to be there and help out. Awesome schwag and raffle prizes (especially for the lucky girl with the new Jamis bike - me!)
Enough ride options for cyclists of all abilities. Event is perfectly timed for fall foliage in the Catskills. Medio was a beautiful, challenging course with only one hill that made me cry."
Gunnar S, Mohawk Hudson Cycling Club, 2014 Gran Fondo participant
"If you could pick a place with bucolic scenery, views of the Catskills, people to cheer you on, good food and a friendly professional bike team, then this is the ride!"
Ann M, 2014 Piccolo Fondo participant
"What a fantastic event! Thank you, thank you, thank you. The attention to every component was obvious, the volunteers were superb, routes challenging, food and drink was tasty, and the weather and foliage was perfect. Sign me up again for next year! I loved this event! It reeks of success."
Jenny C, 2014 Gran Fondo participant
"Amazing event! One of the best I've ever been a part of. I'll be back next year! Thank you!"
Julie M, 2014 Gran Fondo participant
"Thank you Tyler, Team Jamis, the townsfolk, the sponsors, for putting together such an awesome event!!! Although my legs hate me today, the rest of me can't wait to ride the 84-mile course again. The dirt was perfect, views incredible, weather sublime. Every single corner was marshaled so perfectly I was waived right through. Great job!!!!"