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By Roger Dey
Blackfoot Valley Dispatch 

End of the Ride

Ovando Gran Fondo canceled amid fundraising, access changes


Roger Dey

A rider passes an Ovando Gran Fondo way finding sign in 2016.

Although Ovando was recently recognized for the community's welcoming attitude and hospitality toward cyclists, one of the major cycling events that used the town as its base fell victim to last year's fire season and the realities of declining fundraising.

Last fall, as the enormous Rice Ridge Fire burned through the hills north of Ovando, the Missoula Symphony made the call to cancel their...

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