FARMINGTON, Conn. – Oct. 17, 2022 – ConnectiCare, a leading health plan in Connecticut, recently hosted its 5th Annual Gran Fondo cycling event in Madison, CT. Each year, the Gran Fondo takes place during the New Haven Grand Prix weekend and features three picturesque rides with lengths of 10, 31, and 62 miles. This year, the health plan added a 2.4-mile family fun walk to make the event more accessible to people of all ages and skill levels.
ConnectiCare launched the inaugural Gran Fondo cycling event in 2018 in recognition of Gordon Keller, a local triathlete and former ConnectiCare employee who lost his life while on a training ride in 2017.
“As a Connecticut-based health plan, ConnectiCare is dedicated to improving the health of the communities where we live, work, and play,” said Karen Moran, President of ConnectiCare. “Our Annual Gran Fondo not only encourages people of all ages to get outside and be active, but it also promotes a sense of community and supports mental wellbeing. We’re thankful for the opportunity to provide this resource and honor our former team member, Gordon, through a sport he loved.”
In partnership with the Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program (CCAP), the event also supports the organization’s mission of bettering the lives of Connecticut’s youth and young adults through cycling.
“We’re grateful to have a partner like ConnectiCare who shares our passion for providing the state’s youth with access and exposure to the sport of cycling,” said Executive Director, Brian Wolfe. “In addition to being a positive tool for both physical and mental health, cycling also teaches numerous values and social skills and helps foster a positive mindset. CCAP is proud of our work to create opportunities for kids to participate in a fun, safe, team-based sport.”
Gran Fondo participants were invited to enjoy a post-ride lunch for riders, walkers, and their families.
To learn more about the Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program, visit www.ctcyclingadvancement.org.