The Gran Fondo is a non-competitive cycling event for riders of all skill levels. Beginning in downtown Grand Rapids, participants can choose between four different routes ranging in distance, including a scenic 80-mile trek to Lake Michigan on the state's gorgeous west coast.
|Over 1,500 riders participated in CHM's inaugural Gran Fondo|
Riders will return downtown after snaking through the cityscape and West Michigan countryside, as the event culminates with the Finish Line Festival. The public can welcome back riders outside the B.O.B. at this post-ride celebration combining live music, craft brews, wine, and great food.
Italian for "Big Ride," Gran Fondos are typically long distance, mass participation cycling events and have become increasingly popular in the US. Last year's inaugural event was the first Gran Fondo of any kind in the city of Grand Rapids, raising over $100,000. Drawing over 1,500 cyclists, a total of 15 states and Canada were well represented.
From the Gran Fondo official website:
If you were part of the inaugural Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Gran Fondo last June, then you know it was one of the biggest and best cycling events ever held in Michigan. The second annual MSU Gran Fondo will be ready to roll once again on Saturday, June 28, 2014.There's still time to register!
Riders can register as individuals, start a team, or join a team. As this year represents the CHM's 50th Anniversary, riders are asked to meet a minimum goal of $50. Prizes will be awarded to riders who meet fundraising goals. With 100% of every dollar raised going towards skin cancer prevention and research, it's indeed "a big ride to support a big mission."
MSU Gran Fondo 2014 from MSU MD on Vimeo.
For more information, go to msugranfondo.com.
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