The Hospice Gran Fondo to benefit Niagara Hospice is back for its sixth year, bringing its “party on wheels” to Niagara County.

The ride has become very popular among local riders of all abilities. The name Gran Fondo translates to “big ride” and is known for scenic routes, open country roads and fun pit stops to enjoy along the way.

Presented by M&T Bank, the Hospice Gran Fondo is the first charity bicycle ride to feature several Niagara County wineries. This year's ride will be held June 15 and will start and finish at Krull Park in Olcott.

“This is our sixth year and we are expecting over 400 riders. We have 28 teams registered already and most are fundraising for us as well," special events coordinator Allison Bolt said. "We welcome riders of all abilities and encourage individual riders and teams to come out and support Niagara Hospice while enjoying a great event.”

Riders can choose a 15-mile, 30-mile, or 62.5-mile route. Each route features refreshment stops at local establishments including Chateau Niagara Winery, Honeymoon Trail Winery, Midnight Run Winery, Victorianbourg Wine Estate, Schulze Vineyards & Winery, Black Willow Winery, and Woodcock Brothers Brewing Company.

The post-ride party includes live music, drinks and food provided by Tops Markets, and wine tastings provided by participating wineries.

All proceeds of the event benefit patients and families served by Niagara Hospice. For details about the ride, a complete list of sponsors, and for online registration visit

Volunteers and sponsors are needed for the event. For information, contact Bolt at 280-0766 or .