Route Options

MSU Gran Fondo 6 is June 23! Join us in the ride against skin cancer with one of four routes.

Gran Fondo, which means "big ride" is a rolling party that offers four route options for cyclists of any skill level. Individuals or teams will ride along scenic routes from downtown Grand Rapids to Lake Michigan and enjoy gourmet food stops along the way. Riders will return to the Finish Line Festival with music, craft brews and a grand feast.

Route options: Family Ride (10-12 miles), 25, 40 or 80-mile courses. Start times vary by distance.

Rules of the Road

Read the complete rules of the road

  1. Wear your helmet at all times
  2. All MSU Gran Fondo routes are open to traffic. Obey the rules of the road at all times
  3. Ride in a single file and as far to the right as possible at all times
  4. Do not cross the yellow or center-line
  5. When passing another rider please make sure the rider you are passing knows you are there (on your left!) Never pass on the right
  6. No headphones or ear buds

Course Information

The MSU Gran Fondo route will be on open roads with two-way motorized traffic. All cyclists must obey traffic laws at all times. There will be a STRICT yellow-center line rule, even on the parts of the course that have no painted center line. The roads on the course have some narrow parts, with blind corners where riders can encounter oncoming motor vehicles so always stay as far right as possible. Please ride with caution. Read the complete rules of the road.

Life EMS will be on site and on the routes to provide medical services.

Route Time Limits

There is a six hour time limit. The course is open from 8 am - 2 pm with timing. All Sag Wagon and Police support will still be on the course after 2 pm to help any riders. Please plan accordingly for all routes to be finished by 2 pm. 

Timing Information:  Timing strip will be deactivated at 2:30 pm. If you finish after 2:30 pm your finish time will not be recorded.

Course Maps

See all course maps here. Strava routes and GPX files available.


Operating a bicycle in poor condition or a bicycle not suited for technical road riding in large packs of other riders can be a danger to yourself and those around you. All riders must ensure that their equipment is in proper working condition prior to starting the ride. If any rider is not comfortable maintaining their bicycle on their own, they must find a qualified mechanic who can ensure it is in good working condition prior to the event, ideally several days before the MSU Gran Fondo.

Bikes Permitted On Courses

We suggest using a road bike as it is the best option to ride in groups. You can also ride a mountain bike, touring bike, single speed with two brakes or a tandem. A Triathlon bike is fine as long as you keep your hands on the brake lever. Riders are asked to exercise extreme caution, as the majority of riders may not be familiar with non-standard bicycles. Please note, when riding a tandem both riders must be registered for the event.

  • Aero bars, penny Farthings, unicycles and recumbent bikes are not permitted for safety reasons. 
  • Bike trailers are permitted on the Family Ride only.

Mass Start

Riders are required to stage according to their ability to ride in a large group. All riders in MSU Gran Fondo depart the start line at one time, requiring less experienced riders to position themselves towards the back of the mass start group. If any rider is in doubt of their ability to securely hold an even line at high speed with riders in very close proximity, it is vital that they line up towards the back of the start line group. All route timing is relative to when the riders cross the line, so no time penalty will be incurred by starting further back in the group.

Rest Stops

Rest Stops are at various locations at approximately every 20 miles. The rest stops on the 40- and 80-mile route in the morning will be closed at noon. The return rest stop for the 80-mile route will closed at 1:00 pm. 


The MSU Gran Fondo will take place in rain or shine unless the event is canceled by the authorities due to severe weather.

Law enforcement will be patrolling the course.

Section-Schedule of Events

Friday, June 22

Packet Pick Up

Noon - 7 p.m.
MSU Grand Rapids Research Center (Parking Lot)
400 Monroe Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Saturday, June 23

Packet Pick Up, Location TBD
6:00 - 8:15 a.m.

80 & 40-Mile Riders Roll Out
8:00 a.m.

25-Mile & Family Ride Roll Out
8:30 a.m.

Course Closes
2:30 p.m.

Finish Line Festival
Fulton St E in front of Van Andel Arena
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Hotel Information

There are several hotels downtown Grand Rapids which are within biking distance of the MSU Gran Fondo start line. 

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Homewood Suites by Hilton Grand Rapids Downtown
Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown
JW Marriott Grand Rapids
Amway Grand Plaza

Parking Information

Parking for MSU Gran Fondo is at the expense of the participant and all parking must adhere to City of Grand Rapids parking rules. Please reference the map in the link provided to be sure you are parking in approved zones for the morning of the ride.  Downtown Grand Rapids Parking Map

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
965 Fee Road, Room A110 | East Lansing, MI 48824
15 Michigan Street NE
Grand Rapids , MI 49503
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