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Lake Ontario: 5th annual Hospice Gran Fondo gears up for May 19 ride

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Tue, Apr 10th 2018 07:05 am
Riders in the Hospice Gran Fondo `Party on Wheels` get started in the annual bicycle ride at Krull Park in Olcott. The event, now in its fifth year, is scheduled for May 19 and benefits Niagara Hospice.
Riders in the Hospice Gran Fondo "Party on Wheels" get started in the annual bicycle ride at Krull Park in Olcott. The event, now in its fifth year, is scheduled for May 19 and benefits Niagara Hospice.
The Hospice Gran Fondo to benefit Niagara Hospice is back for its fifth 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 19. It will start and finish at Krull Park on the shores of Lake Ontario in Olcott.
"This is our fifth year and we are expecting it to be our most successful ride yet," said Maureen Rizzo, advancement coordinator at Niagara Hospice. "We have 40 teams registered already and most are fundraising for us, as well. We welcome riders of all abilities and encourage individual riders and teams to come out and support Niagara Hospice while enjoying a great event."
Riders can choose a 15-mile, 30-mile or 62.5-mile route. Each one 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, 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].
Since 1988, 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. For more information, visit www.NiagaraHospice.org or call 716-HOSPICE.

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