GRAN FONDO BAIE SAINTE-MARIE

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - FEATURE -

Lo­ca­tion Clare, N.S. Date Sept. 24

Dis­tances 161.5 km (su­per gran fondo), 120 km (gran fondo), 67 km (medio fondo), 35 km (pic­colo fondo) Cost $99–$135 (plus $6.84 pro­cess­ing fee) de­pend­ing on regis­tra­tion date Web­site gran­fon­dobaie­sain­temarie.ca

For Nova Sco­tians, 1,000 cy­clists pass­ing through on one day in Septem­ber might be a sur­prise – some­thing the Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-marie takes into ac­count. “About a week prior to the event, the or­ga­niz­ers send a let­ter to ev­ery Clare res­i­dent ex­plain­ing what a gran fondo is, how traf­fic will be af­fected and how to best share the road with cy­clists,” mar­ket­ing co-or­di­na­tor Larry Peach said. Head­ing into its third edi­tion, the fondo has grown steadily and is marked by its hos­pitable vibe. “We en­cour­age res­i­dents to show off our fa­mous Aca­dian hos­pi­tal­ity by cheer­ing on the cy­clists from the sides of the roads, to wave Aca­dian flags and ring cow­bells,” Peach said. The routes, rang­ing from 35 to 161.5 km, will keep you fu­elled, but save room and some en­ergy to en­joy the lo­cal fare (lob­ster, any­one?) and mu­sic at the fin­ish.

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