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Hospice Gran Fondo bicycle ride rolls on May 14

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Tue, Apr 5th 2016 07:00 am

The Hospice Gran Fondo to benefit Niagara Hospice is back for another spin, bringing its "party on wheels" to Niagara County. The ride has grown in popularity among riders of all abilities.

The name "gran fondo" translates to "big ride" and is known for scenic routes, open country roads and fun pit stops to enjoy along the way.

Presented by M&T Bank, the Hospice Gran Fondo is the first charity bicycle ride to feature several Niagara County wineries. The ride will be held Saturday, May 14. It will start and finish at Krull Park on the shores of Lake Ontario in Olcott.

"We have many riders from throughout Western New York and the Rochester area coming back for the third year in a row. They continue to support the ride and bring more riders with them. We are so grateful for their enthusiasm, and that of the entire community," said Maureen Rizzo, advancement coordinator at Niagara Hospice.

Riders can choose a 15-mile, 30-mile or 62.5-mile route. Each features refreshment stops at local establishments, including Chateau Niagara Winery, Honeymoon Trail Winery, Midnight Run Winery, Victorianbourg Wine Estate, Schulze Vineyards & Winery, Black Willow Winery and Woodcock Brothers Brewing Company. The post-ride party includes live music, snacks provided by Tops Markets, and wine tastings provided by participating wineries.

New fundraising pages with the chance to earn custom cycling gear are coming soon for individuals and teams. All proceeds from the event benefit programs and services provided by Niagara Hospice. For details about the ride, fundraising and for online registration, visit www.HospiceGranFondo.com.

Volunteers and sponsors are needed for the event. For information, contact Rizzo at 716-280-0728 or [email protected].

Niagara Hospice has provided end-of-life comfort, care and support since 1988 to over 25,000 Niagara County individuals and families faced with terminal illness. No one is ever denied hospice care due to inability to pay. For more information, visit www.NiagaraHospice.org or call 716-HOSPICE.

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