6th Annual ConnectiCare Gran Fondo Welcomes Over 150 Cyclers

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6th Annual ConnectiCare Gran Fondo Welcomes Over 150 Cyclers

The cycling event featured 17, 38, and 62-mile rides, and a 2.4 family friendly walk at Hammonassett Beach State Park


FARMINGTON, CT- September 20, 2023- In partnership with the CT Cycling Advancement Program (CCAP), ConnectiCare, a leading health plan in Connecticut, recently hosted its sixth annual Gran Fondo cycling event in Madison, CT. The event took place during the New Haven Grand Prix weekend and features three scenic rides with lengths of 17, 38, 62 miles beginning and ending in Hammonassett Beach State Park.


ConnectiCare started the inaugural Gran Fondo event in 2018 in honor of Gordon Keller, a local triathlete and former ConnectiCare employee who lost his life while on a training ride in 2017. The annual event continues to grow popularity. This year, the Gran Fondo attracted over 150 riders and eight men’s teams participating in the CCNS Team Time Trial.


“As a Connecticut-based health plan, ConnectiCare is dedicated to improving the health of the communities where we live and work,’ said Mark Meador, President of ConnectiCare. “Our annual Gran Fondo encourages people of all ages to get outside, be active, and enjoy the benefits of being with others in one of our beautiful state parks. We thank CCAP for their partnership and are thankful for the opportunity to provide this resource and honor our former team member Gordon, through the sport of cycling.”


“We are grateful for our continued partnership with ConnectiCare which shares our passion for providing the state’s youth with access and exposure to the sport of cycling,” said Executive Director of CCAP, Brian Wolfe. “Cycling teaches numerous values and social skills and helps foster a positive mindset. CCAP is proud of our work to create opportunities for kids to take part in a fun, safe, team-based sport that also acts as a tool to improve physical and mental health.”

To learn more about the Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program, visit www.ctcyclingadvancement.org.


Members of the Farmington Valley Youth Cycling team participating in the 6th Annual Gran Fondo at Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison, CT. Photo credit, williamkurtzphoto.com.

Members of the ConnectiCare cycling team, Roberta Wachtelhausen and Neil Kelsey, gather at the starting line. Photo credit, williamkurtzphoto.com.

Cyclist participating in the 68-mile ride took off from the starting line at the 6th Annual ConnectiCare Gran Fondo. Photo credit, williamkurtzphoto.com.

About ConnectiCare
ConnectiCare is a leading health plan in the state of Connecticut. ConnectiCare has been dedicated to making Connecticut a healthier place to live and work since the company was founded in 1981. ConnectiCare has a full range of products and services for businesses, municipalities, individuals, and those who are Medicare-eligible and leads the individual market in the state. ConnectiCare subsidiary, WellSpark Health, is a national wellbeing, disease prevention and management company. ConnectiCare is part of the EmblemHealth family of companies. For more information, visit connecticare.com.


About CCAP
The CT Cycling Advancement Program is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to better the lives of youth and young adults through the sport of cycling. The CT Cycling Advancement Program ensures that youth in the state of Connecticut have exposure and access to the sport of cycling, with a clear avenue for support and development that allows them to go as far as their ambition and abilities can take them. For more information, or to support the program, visit ctcyclingadvancement.org

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