As we strive to live up to our reputation as a “must-ride” Gran Fondo, you’ll see a few changes in the course this year.
MORE STREET CLOSURES FOR THE FINISH LINE
Based on your feedback, we are excited to share that the last mile of the ride will be completely closed to vehicle traffic. Our team has been working with the City of Grand Rapids to make this an exciting and safer finish to the MSU Gran Fondo!
Street closures include: One lane on Seward Ave NW heading south and both lanes closed on Fulton Street heading east until Ionia Ave.
Please note, all other roads MSU Gran Fondo route will be on open to two-way motorized traffic. Be sure you know the rules of the road!
TIMING STRIP FOR THE 80-MILE RIDE
There is now a second timing strip at North Shore Beach! No need to rush through the Super Food Rest Stop. As soon as you pull into the bike corral, your timing will stop until you’ve rested and enjoyed the super foods from Gilmore Catering!
Training is key for any big ride, especially if you’re planning a longer distance than previous years. Keep checking the blog for training rides hosted by Alger Bikes & Michigan Coast Riders.
For your reference, we have also posted course maps. Please note, the courses are subject to change due to road conditions, construction, etc. (We all know how great Michigan roads are!)
Final versions will be emailed directly to you the week of the Gran Fondo, so watch your inbox.
VOLUNTEER SUPPORT ON THE COURSE
More than 2,000 cyclists are expected to ride this year, which means we need more volunteer support to keep the routes safe and fun for everyone!
We need a number of volunteers on the course to assist with signage and painting, rest stops, course marshals and finish line support.