CHI St. Joseph hosts Gran Fondo

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Cyclists are invited to celebrate cancer survivors by riding in CHI St. Joseph’s Gran Fondo on routes ranging from 40 miles up to 500 miles. Proceeds from the fundraising event will benefit CHI St. Joseph Health cancer services.

Gran Fondo, a word loosely translated from Italian to mean “big ride,” is a type of long-distance race that’s still relatively new in the United States.

On April 24, the Gran Fondo will feature rides of varying distances, including 100, 70 and 40 miles. The CHI St. Joseph Gran Gravel Race, which begins April 22, offers the chance for “ultra endurance riders” to begin an unsupported ride two days earlier on an approximately 500-mile route, with the option of adding the 100-mile route onto the end for a total of about 600 miles.

There will be competitive cyclists participating, but the event is designed to be a fun, family event with entertainment for those who don’t want to ride.

Spectators can enjoy a family bike parade, food and drinks, live music, an expo, and more. The races will start and conclude at ATLAS Development at the corner of Traditions Drive and HSC Parkway, and the expo will be at Traditions Club.

Race registration costs $5 for children and $10 for adults for the family bike parade, $100 for the Gran Gravel Race and $35 for all other races. Money is raised through registration as well as community sponsorships, donations, and fundraising by participants. Cyclists can raise money on behalf of a family member or anyone else they know who has battled cancer.

Through the event’s website, participants can set up a personal page where they can encourage friends and family to “sponsor” their rides.

For more details about the Gran Fondo or to register or donate, call (979) 774-4087 or visit