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Noon Rotary Club's Fondo officials expect 200-plus riders
The Frankenmuth Noon Rotary Club is gearing up for its annual Frankenmuth Fondo Cycle Race.
The event is set for Saturday, August 13, with the race course originating and ending at the Frankenmuth River Place Shops. Rotarian Dan Bade is returning to chair the Fondo.
“We are looking forward to another great biking event in and around Frankenmuth,” Bade said. “We had our largest turnout last year and we already have nearly 50-percent more riders signed up this year than we did at the same time last year.”
Bade is expecting over 200 riders to tackle three different length courses. The racing action begins in the parking lot behind River Place Shops, with the 100K starting at 8am, the 50K at 8:30am and the 25K at 9am. Medals will be awarded to the first three places for each of the three events for men and women age groups.
The age group categories are 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70 and over.
Race day registration will be open 6am until 7:50am, followed by announcements and the races. Race packet pickup is also available at River Place Shops on Friday, August 12, from 6-8pm.
All three courses are relatively flat, very scenic and take the riders onto roads southeast of Frankenmuth and into Tuscola County.
“The start/finish area, DJ, and grilling will be in and around a large tent. Rest areas will be set up on the courses with water and food and we will also have SAG vehicles for riders who may need minor repairs or wish to catch a ride back to the finish area,” Bade noted.
Registration is $65 per rider with all proceeds benefiting Rotary’s Helping Hands Fund. The price includes the ride and after party where participants will receive their choice of pulled pork, hot dog or bratwurst along with potato salad and chips. Beverages will be available for purchase and food will be available for non-participants.
“We will be having a raffle for the first time, with the prizes an indoor Wahoo Kickr cycling trainer, a Garmin cycling computer or $100,” Bade said.
The Frankenmuth Rotary Helping Hands Fund was established in 2017 to help struggling and disadvantaged individuals and families in the local area. To date, the Helping Hands Fund has donated over $60,000 in financial aid to those in need, Bade stated.
There are also incentives for the riders to raise money for the Helping Hands Fund. Anyone raising between $50 and $99 will receive a Frankenmuth Fondo water bottle and bottle cage. For participants raising between $100 and $299, they will receive the bottle and cage, Fondo cycling socks and two raffle tickets for the drawing. Those collecting $300 and over will receive the above items, plus four raffle tickets, and $25 gift cards to the Frankenmuth Cheese Haus and Prost! Wine Bar & Charcuterie.
Major sponsors for this Noon Rotary event include Emil Rummel Insurance, River Place Shops, Frankenmuth Credit Union, Air Advantage, Star of the West Milling Company, Merrill Lynch – The Provenzano-Bade-Wood Group, Schaefer & Bierlein Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Fiat-Ram, Frankenmuth Insurance, Revolution Racing, Ray’s Bike Shop and Grasel Graphics.
Bade is also pleased with the work of the Fondo Committee.
“Our committee of Adam Bender, Karen Zehnder, Bill Zehnder, Scott Zimmer, Jeanna Rogner, Dan Waskiewicz, Mike Fassezke, Jim Bickel and Steve Grasel have been working hard and have done an outstanding job getting ready for the event,” Bade said.
For more information, email email@example.com or call 989-262-0620. The Fondo also has a Facebook page and website, frankenmuthfondo.com
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