The Hospice Gran Fondo, presented by M&T Bank, brought its "party on wheels" to Niagara County May 14 for its third annual ride to benefit Niagara Hospice. The event was its largest to date, with 730 registered cyclists. Riders gathered at Krull Park in Olcott and set out on three scenic routes throughout the Niagara Wine Trail.
Each route featured 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 Co. The fun continued back at Krull Park at the post-ride party with live music from White Chocolate, lunch provided by Tops Markets, and wine tastings provided by participating wineries.
"We are very thankful to the riders that come out every year and support the event. They continue to spread the word throughout the community and have helped the ride grow each year," said Maureen Rizzo of Niagara Hospice. "Our sponsors, support vehicles, fire, police and volunteers make the ride possible."
Team awards were given out at the post-ride party. The Team Spirit trophy went to team The Chosen None; the Spokes Award for highest fundraising within a Niagara Hospice-contracted health care facility went to Northgate Health Care Facility's team McGuire's Lucky Charms; and the Leader of the Pack award went to Team Artie for the team with the highest fundraising.
For a full list of event sponsors, more pictures from the ride, or to purchase custom Hospice Gran Fondo cycling gear, visit www.HospiceGranFondo.com.
All proceeds from the event benefit programs and services provided by Niagara Hospice. The agency has provided end-of-life comfort, care and support since 1988 to over 25,000 Niagara County individuals and families faced with terminal illness. For more information, visit www.NiagaraHospice.org or call 716-HOSPICE.