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Calling bicyclists of all abilities for Hospice Gran Fondo May 19

The “Hospice Gran Fondo” to benefit Niagara Hospice is slated for May 19, back for its fifth year and growing in popularity among local riders of all abilities. It will start and finish at Krull Park in Olcott.

Presented by M&T Bank, the Hospice Gran Fondo is the first charity bicycle ride to feature several Niagara County wineries.

“This is our fifth year and we are expecting it to be our most successful ride yet,” said Maureen Rizzo, Niagara Hospice advancement coordinator. “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.”

The name “Gran Fondo” translates to “big ride” and is known for scenic routes and fun pit stops along the way.

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 Company. 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

Volunteers and sponsors also are needed for the event. For information, contact Rizzo at 280-0728 or

Niagara Hospice has provided end-of-life comfort, care and support since 1988 to more than 25,000 Niagara County individuals and families faced with terminal illness. No one is ever denied hospice care due to inability to pay. For more information, visit or call 716-HOSPICE.

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