Canadian Cycling Magazine - - FEATURE -

Lo­ca­tion Guys­bor­ough, N.S. Date Sept. 9

Dis­tances 130 km (Tickle Spe­cial), 90 km (Lost Shores Loop), 50 km (Queen­sport Light), 30 km (Trans Canada Rail Trail), 30 km (Guys­bor­ough In­ter­vale) Cost $99, re­gard­less of regis­tra­tion date or dis­tance (miss out on jer­sey if you wait) Web­site lsgf.ca

For most of us, scenic roads with lit­tle traf­fic are some­thing we’d keep to our­selves. The or­ga­niz­ers at Lost Shores Gran Fondo, how­ever, with help from the Guys­bor­ough Mu­nic­i­pal­ity, set out to gain ex­po­sure for their lo­cal roads and com­mu­nity. “The idea of a gran fondo here didn’t even ex­ist un­til March of last year, but then it went re­ally, re­ally well,” said event di­rec­tor Robert Carter. Or­ga­niz­ers had more than 300 rid­ers at the in­au­gu­ral event. “Most rid­ers were from Nova Sco­tia, but had never seen this part of the prov­ince,” Carter said. The routes (30, 50, 90 or 130 km on the road, or 30 km on a rail trail) are quiet and filled with ocean­front scenery, with the op­tion of rolling hills to pro­vide a chal­lenge with the view. Regis­ter­ing early won’t save you money – the cost is $99 re­gard­less of dis­tance or regis­tra­tion date – but it will en­sure you get a com­mem­o­ra­tive jer­sey. Other event perks in­clude lo­cal craft beers, bar­be­cue ribs and lo­cal live mu­sic.

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