BLUEWATER IN­TER­NA­TIONAL GRANFONDO

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - FEATURE -

Lo­ca­tion Sar­nia, Ont. Date Aug. 6 Dis­tances 150 km (The Bluewater), 100 km (The Lambton), 50 km (The Sar­nia) Cost $60–$160, de­pend­ing on dis­tance and regis­tra­tion date Web­site bigf.ca

For or­ga­niz­ers of the Bluewater In­ter­na­tional Granfondo, sell­ing out all the spots weeks be­fore the in­au­gu­ral event had to feel good. The fondo in Sar­nia, Ont., got rave re­views, with par­tic­i­pants mar­vel­ling at the lake­side set­ting and the event for­mat. “The rid­ers who came from out of town were amazed by the lo­ca­tion,” said Ken Ma­calpine, chair­man of the fondo board. “Peo­ple were just shocked at the view of Lake Huron.” Ma­calpine said some peo­ple even en­joyed a swim af­ter the ride, which is on a mostly flat course with a cou­ple of rollers. The routes of­fer chal­lenges via timed sec­tions. “This struc­ture al­lows for the fo­cus to be on en­joy­ment, let­ting your com­pet­i­tive juices to flow dur­ing the timed sec­tion be­fore re­group­ing with friends or rid­ing your own com­fort­able pace,” he said. Be­sides a dip in the lake, fin­ish­ers can look for­ward to live mu­sic, warm food and a beer gar­den. This year, the fondo ex­panded its fundrais­ing ef­forts in sup­port of the lo­cal hospice and pal­lia­tive care fa­cil­ity – a big in­spi­ra­tion for the ride’s cre­ation – and will host 750 in­stead of 500 rid­ers.

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