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There's a Ride for Everyone in 2018 Gran Fonda Tour Against Cancer


Enjoy a bike ride and help raise funds for local cancer care at this year's Gran Fonda Tour Against Cancer. There's a challenge to suit everyone – a Family Fun Ride along the Jane Addams Trail to 30- (trail or road), 50-, and 75-mile options on some of the most beautiful roads in northwest Illinois.

The Family Fun Ride is a scenic tip along the Jane Addams Trail, and all other Tour rides begin and end at Tutty's Crossing Trailhead, 250 E. Stephenson Street in Freeport. All rides start at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 30.

In lieu of a registration fee, organizers welcome a donation to the FHN Leonard C. Ferguson Cancer Center at FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport. Participants will be asked to register and sign a waiver form, which can be downloaded at

A route guide and safety card is provided and roads are marked. There will be one staffed rest stop available in Orangeville.

Dave Fonda, the founder of and inspiration for this event, loved cycling and his community. He started this fund-raising activity in 2007, dedicated to parlaying his passion into a cause that could help those fighting cancer. Though Dave lost his own battle in 2018, we keep him a part of this event by renaming it in his honor. (A Gran Fondo – Italian for "Big Ride" – is a timed long-distance road cycling ride officially defined by the Italian Cycling Federation as being at least 75 miles long.) We hope the Gran Fonda Tour Against Cancer will inspire others to ride for a greater purpose.

For more information or to register, visit or call Tonya at 815-599-6900.

You can also listen to Tonya Meyer talk about the event on the Dial-A-Doc radio show.