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Niagara County: 4th annual Hospice Gran Fondo gears up for May 13 ride

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Wed, Apr 12th 2017 06:05 pm
Riders from a Hospice Gran Fondo begin their ride at Krull Park in Olcott. The ride features three routes that travel through the Niagara Wine Trail and finish with a post ride party back at Krull Park in Olcott.
Riders from a Hospice Gran Fondo begin their ride at Krull Park in Olcott. The ride features three routes that travel through the Niagara Wine Trail and finish with a post ride party back at Krull Park in Olcott.

The Hospice Gran Fondo to benefit Niagara Hospice is back for its fourth year, bringing its "party on wheels" to Niagara County.

The ride has become popular among local 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 13, and will start and finish at Krull Park on the shores of Lake Ontario in Olcott.

"We are so thankful to our generous sponsors and our riders that have supported this event every year as well as new riders just discovering our event. We welcome riders of all abilities and encourage individual riders and teams to come out and support Niagara Hospice while enjoying a great event," said Maureen Rizzo, advancement coordinator at Niagara Hospice.

Riders can choose a 15-mile, 30-mile, or 62.5-mile route. Each route 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 Co. The post-ride party includes live music, drinks and food provided by Tops Markets, and wine tastings provided by participating wineries.

All proceeds from the event benefit patients and families served by Niagara Hospice. For details about the ride, a complete list of sponsors, or 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. For more information, visit www.NiagaraHospice.org or call 716-HOSPICE.

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