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Party on two wheels and raise funds for hospice

A bicycle ride fundraiser to benefit Niagara Hospice next month will have the added benefit of some fun stops along the way.

The Hospice Gran Fondo is a type of bike ride that originated in Italy and is becoming increasingly popular in the U.S.; its name translates to “big ride” and is known as a “party on wheels” with scenic routes, open country roads, and fun pit stops to enjoy along the way.

The Niagara County ride on May 17 will feature stops at several Niagara County wineries, and will stop and finish at Chateau Niagara Winery in Newfane. M&T Bank is lead sponsor.

“As cycling grows in popularity, we wanted to offer a fun ride that highlights what Niagara County has to offer,” Brendan McIntyre, director of development at Niagara Hospice Alliance, said in a news release. “We have four routes with stops at wineries along the Niagara Wine Trail. We hope to attract all types of riders, from the casual to the more experienced.”

Riders can choose 5-, 15-, 30- or 62.5-mile routes. Each route will have refreshment stops at establishments that include Honeymoon Trail Winery, Midnight Run Winery, Victorianbourg Wine Estate, Schulze Vineyards & Winery, Black Willow Winery and Woodcock Brothers Brewing Co.

Snacks and refreshments will be provided along the way, and wine tastings by the participating wineries will be available at a post-race party at Chateau Niagara Winery. All proceeds from the event will benefit the programs and services provided by Niagara Hospice Alliance. For details and to register, visit HospiceGranFondo.com.

For sponsorship or other information, call 280-0728 or email mrizzo@niagarahospice.com.

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