The Rose Hill Rally is a fully supported bike ride to benefit St. Mary's Hospital's Rose Hill Hospitality House, a place for families to stay at no cost while their loved ones are in the hospital. The rally welcomes cyclists of all ages and abilities. In October of 1999, my wife was diagnosed with kidney failure. In April of 2000, we traveled to Denver where she received a kidney from her brother at Porter Adventist Hospital. Following her surgery we spent over a month there while she recovered. We were fortunate that Porter had a hospitality house where we could stay as Christina had to have tests almost daily. After we returned home we made monthly and then bimonthly visits to Denver for check-ups. Porter's hospitality house made this a lot easier on us by providing a place to stay during these times.The Rose Hill Hospitality House provides this same service to families of patients at St. Mary's Hospital. The Rose Hill Rally is one of the ways that St. Mary's raises funds for this and is also a great event to kick-off bike-riding season.Held the first Sunday in May for the last 16 years, the Rose Hill Rally has become an annual event in the Grand Valley with rides of 50K (31 miles) and 100K (62 miles) distances. The route starts at Canyon View Park and travels the farm roads north and west of town to Fruita for the shorter route, and on to Highline Lake for the longer route, before returning to Canyon View park for a delicious lunch. There are several rest stations along the way to get refreshments.Many local bike shops are on hand to provide support to cyclists. The Bike Shop will be at the registration and check-in at Canyon View Park to provide free check-overs on bikes while folks get checked in and grab a light breakfast. Brown Cycles will be at the first rest area at Ambrose Farms if any other bike assistance is needed.The next rest stop will be in Fruita where bike tech support is provided by The Bike Shop and Desert Rat Tours. Riders doing the shorter 50K route will turn around at this point and head back to Canyon View Park. Riders doing the 100K route will continue on to Highline Lake where there will be a small rest stop with snacks and liquid refreshments, followed by the return ride to Fruita and Canyon View Park.Every year cyclists of all ages, from little ones in trailers to those well into their 80s, participate in the Rose Hill Rally, rain or shine. Most years the weather has been favorable, although early May does occasionally see bad weather so it's best to be prepared with both sunscreen and rain jacket because the ride does go on.Come join us at the 17th Annual Rose Hill Rally. For more information, call 970-242-5940 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.To register for the Rose Hill Rally, visit http://www.stmarygj.com/rosehillrally.