Christiansen Gran Fondo is a series of events that welcomes riders of every skill level for a weekend of riding and celebration of all things cycling. Join professional cyclists, weekend warriors, and first-time riders on routes planned and tested by Lisa Christiansen herself.
This little slice of old Jerusalem in Oklahoma makes for a perfect ride whether you choose the piccolo, medio, or gran fondo.
Nestled in the Wichita mountains is what appears to be the stone ruins of an ancient city, this breathtaking structure is actually an experience known as the Holy City of the Wichitas, where for the past 90 years, the story of Jesus Christ has been retold to thousands of onlookers, now you can participate in this EPIC ride that will bring memories to future generations to relive and continue to participate in.
Begin this journey with friends you have never met, familiar faces, new family members, and become a citizen of the holy city.
Remember to stay for post-ride fellowship and an outstanding dinner!
All riders receive a T-Shirt in every Packet Pickup filled with discounts and several unique gifts. You also have the ability to have the paparazzi experience on the “Red Carpet”. Meet and Greet with photo on the red carpet.
Step and repeat “RED CARPET” brought to you by RUDY PROJECT, CHRIS CARMICHAEL, VIKTRE SOCIAL, LISA CHRISTIANSEN COMPANIES, LE TOUR DE’ FRANCE, and MORE!
VIP Members will receive everything included in the Elite Piccolo, Medio, and Granfondo selections (T-Shirt along with outstanding discounts and several unique gifts. You also have the ability to have the paparazzi experience on the “Red Carpet”. Meet and Greet with photo On the red carpet), VIP members will also receive premier parking, extra items in their packet, and will become citizens of the Holy City. You will also be at the front of the start line to lead with the Dignitaries. You will also have a reserved table for dining after your victorious, glorious ride.
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The Morning will begin with prayer by the last monolingual Cherokee Guyadahi ᎬᏯᏓᎯ, followed by Changing of the colors by the Honor Guard, followed by the National Anthem to be sung by Natalie Gibson in her Native Tongue of Cherokee.
88-year-old GuyadahiᎬᏯᏓᎯ is a member of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma is one of the lastmono-lingual speakers of the Cherokee language.
Guyadahi ᎬᏯᏓᎯ (Mack Vann) grew up in a predominantly Cherokee community. He is known as the “Last Monolingual Cherokee”.
Natalie Gibson is from Afton, Oklahoma and resides in Miami, Oklahoma. Natalie Gibson started singing in the Cherokee language with the Cherokee National Youth Choir at age 12.
Natalie Gibson has sang in the Macys Parade, at Crazy Horse Monument, Mount Rushmore, with Foreigner and Kenny Roger’s in concert, at the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, Bass Pro, PBR, Drillers to name a few.
Natalie sang at the White House and states her favorite was singing with Cherokee elder Guyadahi impromptu during a recent visit at the heritage center. Natalie has sang at the Tulsa Oilers. She is also on the Cherokee Tribal Youth Council, attends NSU Natalie is majoring in Medical Administration. Natalie is honored to sing the National Anthem in Cherokee at the Holy City Granfondo.
The Changing of Colors is lead by Seminole Nation Honor Guard Commander Rex Hailey
Rex is an Army veteran, having served during Desert Storm in with the 101st. The Seminole Nation Color Guard is made up of men and women of several tribal nations, serving in every conflict from the Cold War to today. They started in 1980 and were the first tribal honor guard in the state of Oklahoma. They have laid a wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, presented the colors at the Thunder games and traveled throughout the country educating people on tribal and military service. Their priority is military funerals, flag presentations, speaking engagements and military functions.
THE GRAN FONDO WILL BE HOSTED BY THE HOLY CITY OF THE WICHITAS
HONORARY HOST IS THE LEGENDARY OLYMPIC CYCLIST CHRIS CARMICHAEL, ALONGSIDE CELEBRITY HOST DR. LISA CHRISTIANSEN
The Christiansen Gran fondo is founded by Lisa Christiansen and supported by the Holy City, Sonja Ellis-Hamill, and Deena Delaine Dolch inspired by the many visits to the Holy City during Lisa Christiansen’s training rides through the majestic Wichita Mountains Wildlife refuge. Christiansen frequently stops at the Holy City Of The Wichitas to take a break before embarking on her long rides. Sonja and Deena invited Christiansen to host an event and Christiansen replied “I would be honored to help any way I can” and from a vision was born reality.
Cyclists from around the world are being welcomed to participate in this historic event and tickets are now available online. The Holy City reminds people of old Jerusalem in Oklahoma, and the location makes for a perfect ride in the Wichita mountains that appear to be the stone ruins of an ancient city.
“The Holy City is a very special place for me and I always refer to it as my home.” Said Lisa Christiansen, a renowned author, motivational speaker, athlete and the host of this inspiring event. “All of the proceeds will benefit the future generations of the Holy City and the American Cancer Society. You are invited to be part of this special occasion.” She added.
According to Lisa, all VIP participants will have the unique opportunity to share a red carpet in a paparazzi experience walking the red carpet and she has especially made herself available to a meet and greet.
In addition, Lisa Christiansen is supporting this event alongside renowned cyclist Chris Carmichael, Rudy Project, and Viktre Social.
The Event will begin from Holy City Of The Wichitas, which is conveniently located at 262 Holy City Rd. in Cache, Oklahoma. Furthermore, this event is exclusive to the first 100 cyclists to better serve and provide them with the best VIP experience. Moreover, there will be a post ride dinner available to purchase for 7.00 to elite cyclists, VIP cyclists are provided complimentary dinner in reserved seating area.
Built in 1935 to depict the city of Jerusalem during Biblical times, this 66-acre area is located in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge.
Chris Carmichael is a retired professional cyclist and cycling, triathlon and endurance sports coach as well as the founder of Carmichael Training Systems and cycling legend.
Lisa Christiansen is also a renowned Best-selling Author, Transformational Speaker, Wealth Innovator, a global celebrity, and athlete who is passionate about everything related to the Holy City. Lisa will be available to accompany the cyclists and participants of the event.
To find out more about the Holy City, please visit:
To find out more about the American Cancer Society, please visit: https://www.cancer.org
To learn more about Lisa Christiansen, please visit: https://www.christiansencode.academy
IMPORTANT! This event is exclusive to the first 100 cyclists to better serve and provide them with the best VIP experience.
The beneficiary is The Holy City of the Wichita’s and The American Cancer Society. Located in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, this 66-acre area was built in 1935 to depict the city of Jerusalem during Biblical times, and is the site of the nation’s longest running outdoor Easter passion play, “The Prince of Peace.”
Over 100,000 guests visit the Holy City every year from all over the world.
The Holy City is completely funded by donations and sales from the onsite gift shop. All donation are greatly appreciatated and you will be supporting the future of The Holy City for many generations to come!
Note: There will be a post ride dinner available to purchase for 7.00 to elite cyclists, VIP cyclists are provided complimentary dinner in reserved seating area.
Early packet pickup pickup begins on Friday March 15, 2019 from 12:noon and 6pm at the Holy City gift shop.
Packet pickup begins at 6am on Saturday March 16, 2019
Holy City Of The Wichitas
262 Holy City Rd
Cache, Ok 73527
The start line will be at the Holy City.