Cycling legend Bob Roll to ride MSU Gran Fondo
The MSU Gran Fondo will have a special guest participant at this year’s big ride. Cycling legend Bob Roll will ride the 80-mile route on June 25 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Bob Roll is one of America’s most well-known ex-professional cyclists who rode on both the Motorola and 7-Eleven team in the 1980s. He has been a regular commentator on several networks for international cycling events. Better known as “The Bobke,” he brings a wealth of fun insights and colorful commentary about the world of cycling.
The MSU Gran Fondo is a fun, non-competitive cycling event to support Michigan State University College of Human Medicine’s skin cancer awareness, prevention and research. Cyclists of all skill levels ride along scenic 12, 25, 40 or 80-mile routes from downtown Grand Rapids to Lake Michigan, enjoy gourmet food stops along the route and celebrate at the Finish Line Festival with live music, craft brews and a grand feast.
The event has raised nearly $500,000 for MSU skin cancer research. These funds support Michigan State University College of Human Medicine skin cancer awareness, prevention and research. In 2016 the Gran Fondo is committed to making an even bigger impact.
The ride was recently ranked #6 in the top 15 US Gran Fondo's in 2016 by Gran Fondo Guide.
Registration for the June 25 MSU Gran Fondo is now open at msugranfondo.com.
About the MSU Gran Fondo
Join us for the fourth annual Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Gran Fondo, a fun, non-competitive cycling event to benefit skin cancer research at MSU. The MSU Gran Fondo offers multiple route options (12, 25, 40 and 80-mile loops) giving you the freedom to ride a short, medium or long distance. Whether you're a casual rider or an avid cyclist, there's a ride for you. All routes start and end at The B.O.B. in downtown Grand Rapids. Start times vary depending on the distance. Stops along the way are a foodie's delight offering the area's finest cuisine and the fresh taste of Michigan-sourced foods. The day will culminate with the Finish Line Festival - an outdoor after party with craft brews, a grand feast and live music. Electronic timing and ride results posted onsite and online. Support wagon and mechanical support.
The MSU Gran Fondo 80-mile route follows the picturesque Grand River valley through farm and small villages before reaching the bayous and lake scenery preceding the turn-around point on Lake Michigan, at North Ottawa Beach. The return route takes riders up through expansive farms, orchards and vineyards that provide some beautiful vistas and challenging rolling hills for the riders. The route then turns home for the final push into the center of the city.
The MSU Gran Fondo 40-mile route shares a great part of the opening for the 80-mile route. It will follow the beautiful twists, turns, villages and farm roads that run along the Grand River Valley, toward Lake Michigan. Before reaching the Spring Lake, and the last push to the Lake Michigan shoreline, the 40-mile MSU Gran Fondo riders will turn north, and join the same return route as the 80-mile riders, again getting to experience the challenging rolling hills, orchards and vineyards, as the 80-mile riders. The riders will then turn south for the final miles into the city.
The MSU Gran Fondo 12-mile riders will enjoy the same excitement of the MSU Gran Fondo start from the center of the city as all of the 80-mile and 40-mile MSU Gran Fondo participants. After leaving the heart of the city, 12-mile riders will soon discover the beautiful and scenic trails of Millennium Park. It’s an enjoyable, safe, yet challenging route that riders of practically any age, level of fitness or skill level will enjoy. Riders will return to the MSU Gran Fondo finish to enjoy a day of festivities that should be in full swing as your fellow MSU Gran Fondo riders return from their 80-mile, 40-mile, and 25-mile routes.
- Post-ride outdoor Finish Line Festival featuring craft brews, a grand feast and live music
- Scenic route to Lake Michigan and back highlighted by a beach destination
- Gilmore Catering’s Superfood Stops along the route
- Limited edition MSU Gran Fondo t-shirt
- Timing enhancements include social media integration and scrolling results onsite and online
- Support wagon and mechanical support
- Secure bike parking courtesy of the Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition
- Post Ride Showers courtesy of MVP Metro Club*
This unique ride is fully-supported all along the way. Support includes mechanics from local bike shops, SAG wagons, fully stocked rest stops, and safe return transportation if needed.
The event has raised nearly $500,000 for MSU skin cancer research.