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MSU Gran Fondo

MSU Gran Fondo

June 22 2019
Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

Join us for the sixth annual Michigan State University Gran Fondo, a fun, non-competitive cycling event to benefit MSU College of Human Medicine's skin cancer awareness, prevention and research. The MSU Gran Fondo offers multiple route options (10, 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 10-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, 10-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.

MSU Gran Fondo

Routes: 10, 25, 40, 80 miles
Difficulty of Greatest Route: C - Moderate terrain with rolling short steep hills or moderate, sustained climbs
Entry Limit: 2000
Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)

January 10 - March 31: $70
April 1 - June 20: $80

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
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.

Toilets / Changing Rooms
Sign On Desk
Pre-Packet Pickups
Support for Participants
First Aid
Emergency Contact No
SAG Wagon
Mechanical Support at Rest Stops
Electronic Start/Finish Timing
Finishing Medals
Results Within 24 Hours
Downloadable GPS files
Free Training Rides
Finish Line Chute
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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