Special savings and prizes
We’ve got special incentives to celebrate our fifth annual ride on June 24!
SAVE ON REGISTRATION
Save $10 on registration if you register before 11:59 PM on Monday, May 29.
>> Register now, use promo code: FlashSale
If you register before 11:59 PM on May 29, you could win a pair of Oakley sunglasses or one of 50 MSU Gran Fondo branded Merrell jackets. You’ll get another chance to win for every $50 you raise for skin cancer awareness, prevention and research.
Winners will be notified by email after May 29.
MSU Gran Fondo branded Merrell spring jackets (50 available). Donated by Wolverine Worldwide.
Oakley Jawbreaker Prizm Road Uranium Collection sunglasses (1 pair available). Donated by Oakley.
Check out the 2017 Fundraising Incentives to see how you can earn other prizes like a 64 oz growler, commemorative jersey and more! Plus, if you reach the $500 fundraising mark, you’ll get an invite to our exclusive VIP Party with special guest George Hincapie on June 23.
Dr. David Benaderet is no stranger to the MSU Gran Fondo. He’s a five-time participant who has motivated others to join the cause from the very beginning.
He’s challenged colleagues and MSU alumni to ride, sponsored teams of medical students and earned a spot as a top fundraiser multiple times. All to give something back to his alma mater.
But this year, his involvement has taken on new meaning.
“Every time I rode the MSU Gran Fondo, I hoped that my son Jonathan would be riding with me next year. At age 28, he died suddenly… extinguishing that possibility,” said Dr. Benaderet.
His call to action in 2017: Make this a family ride.
Dr. Benaderet and his son Jonathan
“I believe our Gran Fondo provides an opportunity for parents and their adult children to reinforce their importance to each other.”
In his son Jonathan’s memory, Dr. Benaderet is making a generous offer to encourage families to participate in the MSU Gran Fondo together. He would like to sponsor a parent or child on every team, offering the opportunity for families to come together for a bigger cause.
If you’re interested in being sponsored by Dr. Benaderet, please contact him at (586) 206-0985.
Please note: This offer not valid for currently registered participants. Children 12 and younger are permitted on the 12-mile course only.
We’re excited to welcome two big names in cycling at this year’s festivities: Brent Bookwalter and George Hincapie! Want to meet these cycling legends? Here’s how.
KICKOFF PARTY | May 23
Brent Bookwalter’s appearance is sponsored by Advantage Benefits Group. Photo: Tim De Waele/TDWSport.com
Brent will be our special guest at the Kickoff Party on May 23. MSU Gran Fondo participants that reach the $50 fundraising mark by May 19 will get an invite to attend. You and a guest can join us for dinner and hear Brent’s tales from the Olympics, Tour de France and more. RSVP required by Friday, May 19.
> KICKOFF PARTY DETAILS
Photo: Tim De Waele/TDWSport.com
Brent Bookwalter is a pro cyclist for the BMC Pro Team and co-founder of the Bookwalter Binge. He recently rode in the 2016 Rio Olympics and was part of the winning Tour de France team in 2011. He’s also a Michigan native, who got his start on the pro circuit with the Advantage Benefits Endeavour Cycling Team. He’ll be fresh off the Tour of California when he visits Grand Rapids.
VIP PARTY | June 23
Sponsored by LogoSpot
George’s visit is sponsored by Bissell and Advantage Benefits Group. The VIP Party is sponsored by LogoSpot.
You can ride with a legend! George will be joining the 80-mile riders at the MSU Gran Fondo on June 24. If you want a chance to mix and mingle with George, join us at the VIP Party on June 23, the eve of the big ride. This exclusive opportunity sponsored by LogoSpot is a reward for any participant who reaches the $500 fundraising mark by June 19. You and a guest will be invited to enjoy dinner, drinks and get your photo taken with George! Invites will be emailed to qualifying participants during the week of May 22.
> VIP PARTY DETAILS
George Hincapie is one of the most recognized riders in the world. During his 19-year professional career Hincapie was regarded as the premier American classics rider of his generation. He competed in a record 17 Ronde van Vlaanderen races and finished second at the grueling Paris-Roubaix, the best ever for any American. Beyond the classics he rode in the Tour de France 17 times and won three US National Road Race championships.
Since retiring from professional cycling George has taken a more active role in family business interests including Hincapie Sportswear, the professional Hincapie Sportswear Development Team, Gran Fondo Hincapie and Hotel Domestique. He hopes to further share his knowledge about the sport with cycling’s future generations.
Questions? Contact us