New passion. New mission. Same epic ride.

Gran Fondo is back!

Mark your calendars for June 24, 2023: West Michigan’s signature event returns to downtown Grand Rapids.

In partnership with Robert Hughes, the visionary behind the MSU Gran Fondo, and Tris4Health (Grand Rapids Triathlon, Michigan Titanium, Waterloo G+G and more), the new Grand Rapids Gran Fondo will continue the tradition of the previous event while moving Fondo forward into the future.

Ride with us in ’23 and beyond.

While our name may be a different, everything that makes Fondo what it is remains:

  • Charity-focused with strong fundraising tools
  • Four route options for cyclists of any skill level
  • Same downtown Grand Rapids start/finish
  • Unparalleled Finish Line Festival with music, craft beer, gourmet food and vendor booths 

Courses

Four route options for cyclists of any skill level

80-Mile Ride

The Grand Rapids Gran Fondo 80-mile route follows the picturesque Grand River valley through farm and small villages before reaching the bayous and lake scenery preceding the turn-around point on Lake Michigan. The return route takes riders up through expansive farms, orchards and vineyards that provide some beautiful vistas and challenging rolling hills for the riders. The route then turns home for the final push into the center of the city and the finish line.

1,977 ft.

ELEVATION GAIN

80

MILES

3

REST STOPS

624

RIDERS IN 2019

40-Mile Ride

The Grand Rapids Gran Fondo 40-mile route will follow the beautiful twists, turns, villages and farm roads that run along the Grand River valley. Challenging, fast, casual or just plain fun, this beautiful rolling route shares many of the same features of the 80-mile route in a length that will suit a wide range of cyclists – from the casual recreationalist to the budding competitor.

1,232 ft.

ELEVATION GAIN

40

MILES

1

REST STOP

772

RIDERS IN 2019

25-Mile Ride

The Grand Rapids Gran Fondo 25-mile route offers recreational riders the full Gran Fondo experience in a manageable loop that will get you back to the finish line in plenty of time for post-ride festivities and fun with the family. It’s an excellent choice for riders who enjoy anything from a casual to a brisk pace.

635 ft.

ELEVATION GAIN

25

MILES

1

REST STOP

368

RIDERS IN 2019

Family Ride

The Grand Rapids Gran Fondo Family Ride offers an enjoyable, safe, yet challenging route that riders of practically any age, level of fitness or skill level will enjoy. After leaving the heart of the city, riders will soon discover the beautiful and scenic trails of Millennium Park. Riders will be back in plenty of time for the fun of the Finish Line Festival.

194 ft.

ELEVATION GAIN

11.7

MILES

1

REST STOP

177

RIDERS IN 2019

The Mission

Now more than ever, people are looking for more trails to ride on. We are pleased to have West Michigan Trails as our charity beneficiary for the 2023 event. 100% of the funds raised will go to West Michigan Trails for connecting trails and advancing our regional trails movement.

West Michigan Trails: Committed to developing a non-motorized, connected trail system.

A system that links urban and rural communities, protects habitats and natural areas, and provides active and alternative transportation options linking people with services and attractions throughout West Michigan.

WMT is a catalyst for the strategic development and support of the regional trail system. There are more than 850 miles of West Michigan trails, and they have played a role in nearly half of those miles.