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Fondo a gran success

by jmaloni


Thu, Jun 4th 2015 04:40 pm
Riders are shown at the start of the Hospice Gran Fondo.
Riders are shown at the start of the Hospice Gran Fondo.

Second annual Hospice Gran Fondo awards announced

The Hospice Gran Fondo, presented by M&T Bank, brought its "party on wheels" to Niagara County May 16 for its second annual ride to benefit Niagara Hospice. More than 600 cyclists 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, lunch provided by Tops Markets, and wine tastings.

Team awards were given out at the post-ride party.

The Team Spirit trophy went to team Rusty Chain. 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. The Leader of the Pack Award went to Team Artie for the team with the highest fundraising.

Erik Zimmerman, captain of Team Artie, said, "In only its second year, the Hospice Gran Fondo offers something for everyone - the serious cyclist, the novice or the entire family. What a great ride for a fantastic organization. Well-organized and the new start/finish right on the waterfront in Krull Park showcases a local gem in Lake Ontario. Thanks to all the volunteers and wineries for keeping traffic at bay and offering fun and friendly pit stops along the way. Can't wait until next year and hope that this great event continues to grow for many years to come."

For a full list of event sponsors, pictures from the ride, and to purchase custom Hospice Gran Fondo cycling gear, visit www.HospiceGranFondo.com. All proceeds benefit programs and services provided by Niagara Hospice to Niagara County residents.

Niagara Hospice has provided end-of-life comfort, care and support to more than 25,000 Niagara County individuals and families faced with terminal illness since 1988. For more information, visit www.NiagaraHospice.org or call 716-HOSPICE.

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