Jeremy Powers hosts “Grand Fundo” fundraiser for young cyclists

Massachusetts group ride and party gets cash to kids

This Saturday in Southampton, Massachusetts, Jelly Belly professional Jeremy Powers and his friends will be hosting the third annual Wheelhouse Sports Grand Fundo, a fundraiser for the JAM Fund that supports upcoming cyclists in the area.

The $85 Grand Fundo is a 64-mile group ride in Pioneer Valley, featuring scenic vistas, rolling climbs and 20 miles of dirt roads. Powers also added a $95 “Grand Hundo” which has, no, not 100, but 87 miles. (Hey, it’s a fundraiser, with the emphasis on fun, not semantics.)

All proceeds go to the JAM Fund, which this fall will likely support a team of young cyclocross racers, allowing them to contest some of the nation’s biggest races.

"The JAM Fund is something I have an extreme amount of passion for because of the support I had as a junior growing up," Powers said. "We're doing our best to really make a program that is here for the next 20 years and beyond through the Fundo. With JAM, our goal is to make a difference in the lives of enthusiastic young, up and coming riders and to do our part to keep American cycling going up!"

The JAM Fund will award $500 grants to selected applicants.

There’s more to the Grand Fundo than just the ride. There’s also a post-ride pig roast, barbeque, music, beer and a raffle, featuring one of Powers’ limited edition Team Rapha-Focus Focus Mares cyclocross bikes, valued at over $5,000. The raffle will also include prize packs from Giro, Rapha, Mad Alchemy and others.

Tickets and registration are available on BikeReg.com and on site.

For more information , visit www.grandfundo.com

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