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The Bluewater International Gran Fondo

An exciting NEW Gran Fondo welcoming cyclists to Lambton County’s Bluewaterland will start and finish along the shores of Lake Huron in Sarnia’s beautiful Mike Weir Park this summer

Bluewater International Granfondo, Sarnia, Ontario - July 31st 2016April 4th 2016, Ontario, Canada – The Bluewater International Gran Fondo, taking place July 31st 2016 is part personal challenge and part serious competition with riders having three routes to choose from. The event will not be timed from start to finish but instead will have 4 timed sections. This allows for the focus to be about enjoyment while allowing your competitive juices to flow! It also allows for group riding with friends or just riding along at your own comfortable pace.

At the finish relax to live music while enjoying a well-deserved hot meal and a non-alcoholic beverage followed by an optional refreshing swim in Lake Huron. Whether you are looking to experience the enjoyment of riding on quite country roads or through fruit orchards and vineyards or challenge yourself on the rolling hills of Arkona you will find it all in this first international Gran Fondo.

The route ride captains will lead the 50km riders through country roads with rolling hills and incredible scenery. Routes are offered in lengths of 50k, 100k and 150k so participants can find a distance to match their goals. Each route will have its own start time specifically designed to avoid mass start anxiety and allow riders of all routes to be able to finish within a reasonable time of each other.

Overall male and female winners plus the various age group winners will be determined by the overall lowest cumulative time from the timed sections. All participants will receive a commemorative Giordana Italian Cycling Jersey and finishers medals.

Quiet country roads with rolling hills and incredible sceneryThe Beautiful Lake Huron - Take a dip after your ride!Roll through orchards and vineyardsThe Beautiful Lake Huron - Take a dip after your ride!Coolmax Italian Cycling Jersey courtesey of @GiordanaCycling and @UnoImports

Why Should I Take Part?

Apart from enjoying the health benefits of cycling, irrespective of age or ability, you will be supporting palliative care in Lambton County with funds being donated to St. Joseph Hospice of Sarnia Lambton and Palliative Care at Bluewater Health. You can also choose to challenge yourself during the timed sections competing against others, the clock and yourself all while riding in some of Lambton County’s most scenic areas this event is a “must do” for both cycling enthusiasts and first timers while discovering HOW TO RIDE FOR FUN AND SPRINT FOR GLORY.

St. Joseph’s Hospice

Opened its doors in December 2009. This ten suite home-like residence provides, free of charge, 24-hour specialized care to people living with a terminal illness, as well as those in their life circle. The hospice is a non-profit organization serving Sarnia Lambton area.

Palliative Care at Bluewater Health

With strong partnerships between hospital and community, local and regional cancer centres, palliative care in Sarnia-Lambton focuses on patient and family-centred care that is expert, compassionate, holistic and individualized.

Register before 31st May for a chance to win a 7 day cycling trip for 2 in Italy

The Sarnia, 50km, start 09:30 am - Flat and scenic with a 6km timed section - $50

The Lambton, 100km, start 08:00 am - A 2km climb with a 2km and 6km timed section - $80

The Bluewater, 150km start 07:00 am - Rolling hills in the middle with 4 timed sections ranging from 2km to 9km - $110

For more information and to register please visit www.bigf.ca