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MSU Gran Fondo Grand Rapids

June / 27 / 2015
Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA


Join us for the third 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. Adding excitement for spectators and returning riders is a chance to see the nation's top professional cyclists compete in the Herman Miller Brickyard Criterium. 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 and the color and excitement of the Herman Miller Brickyard Criterium that will be featuring the nation’s top pro racers as the riders come to the finish line.

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 and the finish of the Herman Miller Brickyard Criterium.

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 surrounding the Herman Miller Brickyard Criterium 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: December / 17 / 2014
Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Start Times

Schedule for the MSU Gran Fondo:

Wednesday, June 24 – Online registration closes

Friday, June 26 – Packet pickup and final registration, if available (no day-of registration) at The B.O.B. from 3-7 p.m. Official MSU Gran Fondo wicking-tee, ride number and timing chip, turn-by-turn route maps, ride and event schedule, wristband for rest stops and post-ride meal at Finish Line Festival

Saturday, June 27 – Third Annual MSU College of Human Medicine Gran Fondo

6- 8 am            Packet pick-up at The B.O.B.

7:30 am           40-mile and 80-mile riders stage at start line  

8:00 am           MSU Gran Fondo 40-mile and 80-mile Riders roll out

8:30 am           MSU Gran Fondo 25-mile and 12-mile Riders stage at start line

9:00 am           MSU Gran Fondo 25-mile and 12-mile Riders roll out

10–5 pm          MSU Gran Fondo Finish Line Festival

3:00 pm           Helen DeVos Children's Hospital Kid's Race (Herman Miller Brickyard Criterium - Bike races for kids 9 and under. 

3:30 pm           Herman Miller Brickyard Criterium Men’s Pro Race - the track goes right by The

                        B.O.B. so people will be able to watch from the festivities. 

Rider results and individual electronic chip-timing data posted onsite at 1 pm and 3 pm and post event at

*Herman Miller Brickyard Criterium

Happening in conjunction with the MSU College of Human Medicine Gran Fondo is the Herman Miller Brickyard Criterium, a series of 6 races on a short, closed course including men's pro, women's pro and a kids ride. The course runs along Fulton Street, so MSU Gran Fondo participants and spectators are in a great spot to take in the action all day. .Don’t miss the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital Kid's Race at 3 p.m. before the pros at 3:30!


The registration fee per rider is $60 for adults and free for youth participants. 
Early Bird registration rate is $60 (Registration fees will increase to $70 on April 1, and will be $80 on June 1st.)

Each participant registering for the MSU Gran Fondo is required to raise a minimum of $50 towards their fundraising goal. The only exclusion is children under the age of 12 participating in the 12-mile family ride.

Registered riders who have not already reached the minimum fundraising requirement of $50 will be given an opportunity to make up the difference at packet pick-up. All fundraising money, including matching gifts, must be postmarked on or before July 31 to qualify for awards, prizes and team/individual rankings.

Whats Included in the Entry Fee?
  • 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.

Support for Participants
Mechanical Support at Rest Stops
Electronic Start/Finish Timing
Post Ride Shower
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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