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MSU Gran Fondo

June 25 2016
Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

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.

 
 
Routes: 12,25,40,80 miles
Difficulty of Greatest Route: C - Moderate terrain with rolling short steep hills or moderate, sustained climbs
Entry Limit: 2000
Entry Opens: February / 01 / 2016
Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)
 
Start Times / Itinerary

Friday, June 24, 2016

Packet Pick Up
The BOB, Eve Nightclub, 4th Floor
20 Monroe Ave NW Grand Rapids, MI 49503
3:00 - 7:00 PM

Spaghetti Dinner with Bob Roll Sponsored by Advantage Benefits
The BOB, Third Floor
20 Monroe Ave NW,Grand Rapids, MI 49503
6:00 - 7:30 PM
For those riders who raised $250 or more.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Packet Pick Up
Ottawa Avenue, under the Main Tent
6:00 - 8:20 AM

80 and 40-Mile Mass Start
Intersection of Fulton and Ottawa
8:00 AM

25 and 12-Mile Mass Start
Intersection of Fulton and Ottawa
8:30 AM (NOTE: Start time for the 12-Mile and 25-Mile courses are different than past years)

Finish Line Festival - Public and Spectators Welcome!
Ottawa Avenue, Downtown Grand Rapids
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Live music all day with Three's A Crowd
Gourmet food from the Gilmore Collection with Michigan craft beer and wine
Free entry for non-participants, food and beverage tickets available for purchase at the festival
All ages welcome! Valid ID required to purchase alcoholic beverages

Costs
REGISTRATION FEES 12-mile 25-mile 40-mile 80-mile
February & March $60 $60 $60 $60
April $65 $65 $65 $65
May $70 $70 $70 $70
June $80 $80 $80 $80
Registration fee does not include $50 minimum fundraising
 
 
What's Included?
  • 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.

We will once again finish at The B.O.B. in downtown Grand Rapids with a delightfully festive outdoor after-party featuring Michigan craft brews and wines, a grand feast and live music.

Packet Pickups

Friday, June 24, 2016

Packet Pick Up
The BOB, Eve Nightclub, 4th Floor
20 Monroe Ave NW Grand Rapids, MI 49503
3:00 - 7:00 PM


Saturday, June 25, 2016

Packet Pick Up
Ottawa Avenue, under the Main Tent
6:00 - 8:20 AM

 

Facilities
Sign On Desk
Pre-Packet Pickups
 
Support for Participants
SAG Wagon
Controlled Intersections
Mechanical Support at Rest Stops
 
Features
Electronic Start/Finish Timing
Results Within 24 Hours
Post Ride Shower
 
Nutrition
Feed / Aid Stations
Post Event Meal(s) Provided As Part of Entry
 
Event Size
500 - 1999 Riders
 
Start Address: The B.O.B 20 Monroe Ave NW Grand Rapids, MI 49503
 
 
 
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