Bruce Huseby: Why I Ride

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By Bruce Huseby, MSU Gran Fondo participant

We sat in the surgeon’s office as my wife Debbie was told that her malignant melanoma was in one of the worst spots possible.  It had grown right over a major cluster of lymph nodes.  Surgery was required and as he looked into our faces he said, “if the cancer is in the lymph nodes you need to start putting you house in order because there is no cure.” We left the surgeons office after that very forthright meeting and Debbie gleefully starts chanting, “I’m going to heaven before you are.” I was not really too amused because her Dad, my father in law, Del passed away as a result of melanoma earlier that year.

How filled with gratitude we were that Debbie went to a Doctor to get a simple prescription filled and an observant nurse noticed her spot and said the Doctor needed to see it.  Because of that early detection and a successful surgery with clean borders, Debbie is cancer free.

At the same time one of my dearest friends contracted melanoma on his heel of all places.  It took his life.  As a Pastor I deal with disease and illness all the time and cancer is always a present enemy.  The amount of skin cancer has affected so many of our families and so many lives.  How thankful I am that we have skilled researchers that use their talents and skills to seek better treatment and ultimately a cure.  Thanks for doing your part in supporting the work of MSU’s College of Human Medicine and the 2017 GRAN FONDO.

What you need to know before June 24.

The MSU Gran Fondo is just days away! Here’s what you need to know before the big ride on June 24.

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REGISTRATION

Want to join the #4 ranked gran fondo in the nation? Online registration closed on June 20, but your last chance to register is at Packet Pick Up, Friday, June 23 at noon to 7 PM at The B.O.B. Late registration is $120. There is no day-of registration.

PACKET PICK UP

This year’s Packet Pick Up will be on the lower level of The B.O.B. on Friday, June 23 at 12 – 7 PM and the Saturday at 6- 8 AM on the first floor of The B.O.B.

Requests to switch participant shirt size can be made by visiting the Solutions Table. Sizes are limited, but we will do our best to accommodate as quantities are available.

Offline donations can be submitted at Packet Pick Up using this form.

COURSES

Reference the latest course maps available below to learn your route. Please note, some routes have changed!

80-Mile Course  |  40-Mile Course  |  25-Mile Course  |  10-Mile Family Ride

Note: There will be heavy traffic near Millennium Park in Walker and 16th Avenue in Marne due to other events. Please ride with caution and do not cross the center line on the road.

If you want to change your route, please visit the Solutions Table at Packet Pick Up on Friday or Saturday.

RULES OF THE ROAD

All MSU Gran Fondo routes are open to two-way motorized traffic. All cyclists must obey traffic laws at all times. READ THE COMPLETE RULES OF THE ROAD.

The 40 and 80-mile courses are open from 8 AM to 2 PM. The 10-mile Family Ride and 25-mile course are open from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM. Timing, SAG wagon and police support ends at 2 PM.

In the case of severe weather, the course will be shut down for 1 hour. If conditions do not improve, the ride will be cancelled.

FINISH LINE FESTIVAL

Enjoy a number of gourmet entrees, snacks and beverages provided by Gilmore Catering! Live music by Oregon Dreamchild. Secure bike parking is available courtesy of Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition. The festival is open until 5 PM.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

We still need more volunteers! If you have family or friends who aren’t riding, invite them to volunteer! They’ll get to support our riders and the fight against skin cancer while still enjoying the festivities! LEARN MORE

 

Highlights of this year’s big ride

What makes the MSU Gran Fondo the #4 gran fondo in the nation? Scenic routes for cyclists of all skill levels, awesome Superfood Stops along the course, SAG support, an amazing Finish Line Festival – and of course, the support of our sponsors and participants!

Check out the highlights and new features of the fifth annual ride on June 24.

George Hincapie

Ride with a cycling legend. George Hincapie will be riding the 80-mile route! Mix and mingle with him at the Finish Line Festival.

Stainless steel tumbler

Awesome swag! This year’s participant packets are the best they’ve ever been. Here are just of few of the goodies: Stainless steel tumbler from Logospot​ with George Hincapie’s autograph, COOLA​ sunscreen, MSU Federal Credit Union​ SPF lip balm, Priority Health​ sport bag, KIND Bars​ as well as coupons from Herman Miller​, SpartanNash​, Moosejaw Mountaineering​, BISSELL​, Gran Fondo Hincapie​, The Mitten State​ and more!

2017 Gran Fondo Jersey

More prizes to win. Every participant can earn fundraising incentives like the 2017 commemorative jersey, a stainless steel MSU Gran Fondo growler and tickets to our VIP Party with George Hincapie!

2017 Trek

Top fundraisers could also win a Trek Domane, Zipp wheels and more.

REGISTER NOW BEFORE THE JUNE 20 DEADLINE