Dec 09

TWFG Kick Starts “Gran Fondo” Bicycle Ride

HOUSTON, December 9, 2013 – Assuming title sponsorship of the Gran Fondo: Texas TMCO™ bicycle ride and race for the benefit of the Texas Medical Center Orchestra and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, was a “natural,” according to Gordy Bunch, president and CEO of The Woodlands Financial Group (TWFG). The “Big Ride” will take place on Sunday, March 30, 2014 along a new route through the hills of Southeast Texas with live music at many of the rest stops. 

TWFG Insurance Services, which is headquartered in The Woodlands, TX,  recently adopted a new slogan – “Our Policy is Caring.” Bunch says: “This sponsorship is just further manifestation of our corporate policy. As an insurance agency protecting up to 200,000 policyholders in 38 states, we know that care begins with physical fitness – both for our policyholders and by assisting those afflicted with unfortunate diseases.”

The TWFG Insurance Services Gran Fondo: Texas TMCO™ is a bicycle ride and race that is a recommended ride for the BP MS150 which will be conducted two weeks later. The ride will offer routes of 94, 69, 47, and 12 miles. For those looking for an additional challenge or simply ‘bragging rights’, there will be a timing option for the race. The race is USAC sanctioned and will cover the 94 mile route. Results will be posted and riders recognized at the lunch and concert following the ride. Gran Fondo is Italian and translates approximately to “Big Ride.”

While the longer distances will appeal to highly skilled racers, the 47 and 69 mile routes are also perfect for cyclists preparing for the upcoming BP MS150. All routes will be fully supported for food, hydration, mechanical assistance, SAG, EMS, and safety with Ride Marshals and Motorcycle Marshals in attendance. The overall ride will be in the European gran fondo style with interval starts based on skill levels and distances. All rides will start and finish at the Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Sports Retreat, 22602 Hegar Road, Hockley, Texas.

TWFG founder and president Richard “Gordy” Bunch is a veteran cyclist and major supporter of cycling. He has done the BP MS150 bike ride and competed in the first IRONMAN Texas in 2011.



For further Media Information:

Richard “Gordy” Bunch  / 713-416-0789 /

Phil Pauze – Gran Fondo /

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