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2017 Chautauqua Gran Fondo Raises $15K for Local Charities

Growing Every Year…Giving Back to Chautauqua County

In August, the Chautauqua Gran Fondo returned for its third consecutive year, bringing its “party on wheels” through the beautiful, scenic routes of Chautauqua County. The Chautauqua Gran Fondo is a community cycling event designed to promote health and well being for cyclists of all abilities and skill levels.
This family-friendly event held each year on the last Saturday of August, boasted four routes sure to welcome riders through the picturesque landscapes of Chautauqua Lake and surrounding historic destinations. Riders chose from a 20-Mile Social, 38-Mile Challenge, 40-Mile Fitness, and the 58-Mile Challenge. All routes featured full SAG support and refreshment stops along the way.
The Chautauqua Gran Fondo brought 500 riders to Chautauqua County. Early registration showed that 71% of registered riders came from outside of Chautauqua County. Partnership and support received from our Presenting Sponsor 59 Lucy Lane, and all of our local sponsors, was instrumental in making the Chautauqua Gran Fondo a successful event here in the heart of Chautauqua County.
Congratulations to the CLCSF (Chautauqua Lake Community Sailing Foundation) for winning this years “TEAM Challenge!”
Proceeds will benefit the following local charitable organizations:
THE ROYAL FAMILY KIDS’ CAMP
The Royal Family Kids’ Camp is a one-week summer camp experience for children ages 7-11 who have been abused, abandoned or neglected. Since 1998, the Bemus Point United Methodist Church has sponsored this national program.
CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY VETERAN’S ENDOWMENT FUND
Created to help local Veterans in need, the Veteran’s Endowment Fund helps by providing a loan of up to $500. There is no interest on the loan and no time period for repayment.
WESTERN NEW YORK KIDNEY CONNECTION
The KidneyConnection is a site for potential living kidney donors and people in need on local kidney donation waiting list to communicate.
A FRESH START CREATED IN MEMORY OF ALEX FOULK
A Fresh Start (AFS), a local non-profit committed to making a difference in our community. Bringing awareness and support to those trying to escape addiction.
THE CRÈCHE INC.
Crèche is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization of dedicated and energetic women devoted to providing basic needs of newborns through children 18 years of age residing in the greater Jamestown area.
THE MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION (MHA)
MHA provides a Peer Recovery Support Center to help men, women, and families overcome the effects of mental illness and drug addiction.

Color Coded Directional Signage New Feature for 2017 Event

(Jamestown, NY) — Cyclists of the 2017 Chautauqua Gran Fondo will notice an improved riding experience with ample directional signage along each route. These route specific, color coded signs will be displayed prominently along every turn of the event’s 4 routes. There will also be additional markers noting Rest Stops, Bike Repair and noteworthy Selfie Spots.

To preview the handle-bar friendly cue sheets, maps or new markers, visit:

Maps

 

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2017 Chautauqua Gran Fondo T-Shirt

All participants who register before August 5 will receive this Navy Blue 2017 Chautauqua Gran Fondo T-Shirt. Registrations completed after August 5 will receive a Chautauqua Gran Fondo water bottle. 

 

 

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Reminder! On-line registration will close on August 23rd. Registrations will be accepted at the park on the day of the event. 


Fun for the Whole Family

(JAMESTOWN, NY) — On Saturday, August 26, 2017, join hundreds of cyclists for the third annual Chautauqua Gran Fondo. This family-friendly event is open to riders of all abilities and features 4 scenic routes around Chautauqua Lake.

Cyclists and members of the community are invited to the after-party at Webb’s Captain’s Table Restaurant in Mayville, NY. This family-friendly celebration will feature a picnic lunch, food vendors, draft beer and live entertainment. 

Children’s activities include Face Painting by Scott Mekus of Eventz by Scott and a Make-Your-Own-Ice-Cream-Sundae-Bar provided by Tastee Corners of Jamestown.

 

The cost to participate in the cycling event is $30 which includes SAG wagon, refreshment stops, and safety services as well as the picnic lunch following the tour. There is no cost for general admission, however a donation box will be located at the main gate with with proceeds from the event to benefit: Royal Family Kid’s Camp, WNY Kidney Foundation and the Chautauqua County Veteran’s Endowment Fund.

 

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A Fresh Start to be Featured in Vendor Village

(JAMESTOWN, NY) — The third-annual Chautauqua Gran Fondo is set for Aug. 26, 2017 at Webb’s Resort in Mayville, NY. The mission of the event is to promote health and well being for cyclists of all skill levels while raising funds and awareness for local charities.

Among the local organizations to be featured in Vendor Village at this years event include A Fresh Start (AFS), a local non-profit committed to making a difference in our community. Bringing awareness and support to those trying to escape addiction, this organization was formed in the wake of a tragedy. Alex Foulk, a beloved member in the Jamestown area, lost his battle with addiction in 2016. With the rapid increase of substance abuse in the area, AFS was formed out of the duty to help support community members facing similar addictions.

To assist with transitional housing in this community, the founders of A Fresh Start have joined forces with the Buffalo/Niagara Oxford Houses to open a chapter in Jamestown and in February 2017, The Alex House was created. An Oxford House is a home that recovering individuals reside featuring an environment supportive of recovery from addiction. Each house is self-run and self-supported following a standardized system of democratic operation.

A Fresh Start meets every Wednesday evening from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 410 E. Fourth St., Jamestown.  For more information visit afreshstart.org or find them on Facebook.

 

 


Chautauqua Gran Fondo Featured in Buffalo News

(BUFFALO, NY) — The Chautauqua Gran Fondo is one of five notable Western New York cycling events slated to raise money and awareness for regional non-profit organizations this summer. These Gran Fondo style events have varied distances and degrees of difficulty, making them accessible to beginners and families as well as attractive to experienced cyclists who are looking for a challenge.

What is a Gran Fondo? 

A Gran Fondo or a “party on wheels,” has become an increasingly popular way to raise funds and awareness for local charitable organizations. The rides are also popular because they are fully supported by bike mechanics who to assist with flat tires and other minor mechanical glitches. Food, drink and pep talks are also provided at rest stops throughout the course.

 


Tim Hortons to Provide Coffee at Registration

(Jamestown, NY) — Cyclists are welcome to enjoy a complimentary cup of fresh, Tim Hortons coffee during the 2017 Chautauqua Gran Fondo event registration at Webb’s Resort in Mayville, NY, on Saturday, August 26, 2017.

The Chautauqua Gran Fondo is a community event designed to promote health and well being for cyclists of all skill levels while raising funds for local non-profit organizations. This year proceeds will support the Royal Family Kid’s Camp, Western New York Kidney Connection and for the Chautauqua County Veteran’s Endowment Fund.

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Chef’s of Buffalo Coming to the 2017 Chautauqua Gran Fondo

(JAMESTOWN, NY) — Cyclists of the 2017 Chautauqua Gran Fondo are invited to enjoy a delicious picnic lunch provided by Chef’s To Go of Buffalo at the after party on Saturday, August 26, 2017 from 11am – 2pm.   

This iconic, gourmet food truck is a WNY icon with a menu for the healthiest appetite. All cyclists will be provided a choice of Chicken Parmesan, Spaghetti, Spaghetti Parmesan, or Stuffed Shells as well as a bottle of water, a slice of fresh bread with butter and a mini cannoli for dessert. Meatballs will also be available if cyclists would like to add them to their meal.  

 

The 2017 Chautauqua Gran Fondo cycling event will start and finish at Webb’s Resort in Mayville, NY and will feature a family-friendly after-party including a picnic lunch, draft beer and refreshments in addition to live entertainment.

Family and friends who did not participate in the cycling event are welcome to attend. There is no cost for general admission, however a donation box will be located at the main gate with with proceeds from the event to benefit: Royal Family Kid’s Camp, WNY Kidney Foundation and the Chautauqua County Veteran’s Endowment Fund. 

For sponsorship or volunteer inquiries, please call 716-661-8906 or email info@chautauquagranfondo.com.

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Register Early for a Chance to Win!

(JAMESTOWN, NY)— The Chautauqua Gran Fondo has teamed up with Webb’s Cottage Collection of Mayville, NY, to promote early registrations for the third annual event to take place on Saturday, August 26, 2017.

Cyclists who register for the 2017 Chautauqua Gran Fondo throughout the month of April will be automatically entered to win a ceramic travel mug and a $10 gift certificate for coffee or tea courtesy of Webb’s Cottage Collection— a gourmet coffee house and gift shop located in Mayville, New York.

 

 

One winner will be chosen at random and will be announced on Tuesday, May 2.

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Water Street Brass to Provide Finishing Medals for 2017 Chautauqua Gran Fondo

(JAMESTOWN, NY) — The Chautauqua Gran Fondo has proudly partnered with Water Street Brass of Lakewood, NY, on the development of a finishing medal for all cyclists who cross the finish line at Webb’s Captain’s Table during the 2017 event slated for Saturday, August 26, 2017.

“We are thrilled to partner with this unique team of artisans to add a little more flair to our Chautauqua Proud finish line. Each rider, no matter which route they enjoyed or how long the ride took to complete, will receive this locally-crafted souvenir to commemorate this great accomplishment.”   

Participants of the third annual Chautauqua Gran Fondo cycling event will have the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Chautauqua Lake and it’s surrounding historic destinations on one of four scenic routes. Riders of all ages and abilities are welcome to join in the fun. There will plenty of rest stops, photo ops and full SAG support on the road. A  family-friendly after-party, featuring lunch, refreshments and live music at Webb’s Captain’s Table Restaurant in Mayville, NY will take place immediately following ride. 

The Chautauqua Gran Fondo is a community event designed to promote health and well being for cyclists of all skill levels while raising funds for local non-profit organizations. This year proceeds will support the Royal Family Kid’s Camp, Western New York Kidney Connection and for the Chautauqua County Veteran’s Endowment Fund.

To register for the 2017 Chautauqua Gran Fondo or to inquire about volunteer opportunities, please call 716-661-8906 or email info@chautauquagranfondo.com.


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