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Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie

September 23 2018
Municipality of Clare, Nova Scotia, Canada

The 3rd edition of Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie, Nova Scotia's first Gran Fondo, will be held on Sunday, September 24. The event has quickly grown to become the largest cycling event in Atlantic Canada, with 831 participants in 2016. Our Gran Fondo will appeal to recreational riders looking for an epic and fun ride, to those that like to tour by bike, and also to the avid racer. The community will roll out the welcome mat, with many residents cheering from the roadside.

Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie is offering four rides in 2017. New for 2017, a 161.5 km (100 miles) SUPER GRAN loop will be offered for the hardcore cyclist! Experienced riders will be challenged by our slightly lengthened Gran 120 km or our Medio 67 km, while novice cyclists may prefer the shorter 35 km Piccolo Fondo. Riders will navigate rolling inland roads and pass by towering wooden churches along the panoramic coastal route that hugs beautiful Baie Sainte-Marie.

New for 2017, both the Gran and Super Gran routes will take a left-hand turn after Mavillette Beach, and cycle through the picturesque fishing village of Cape St Marys. Both the Super Gran and Medio Fondo rides will take participants around the scenic Bas-de-la-Rivière loop with vistas of la Baie Sainte-Marie and Digby Neck. Downloadable maps of each route are on our website, including images and elevation profiles.

The region's famous Acadian hospitality and culture will be highlighted during the social event on Saturday, Sept. 23. There will also be opportunities to sample Acadian fare at nutrition breaks during the rides and savour on fresh lobster afterwards. Visit our website for more information and videos.

Early-bird registration opens on Friday, January 20, 2017!

For more info:

along Mavillette Beach (Super Gran & Gran Fondo routes)Gran Fondo start in Saulnierville along route 1 - Joey Robichaud photographyalong Bas-de-la-Riviere (part of Super Gran and Medio Fondo routes)inside the lobster tent, post-rideMedio Fondo - S LeBlanc
Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie 2017
Routes: 35, 67, 120, 160 km
Difficulty of Greatest Route: D - Difficult terrain with longer, steeper hills
Entry Limit: unlimited
Time Zone: Atlantic Standard Time (AST)
Start Times / Itinerary

Please note these times are tentative and we recommend you visit our website to verify.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

11 am to 5 pm – Registration & social evening with entertainment at Clare Veterans Centre.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

6:30 am - Parking opens at Clare Veterans Centre

7 am - Registration opens at Clare Veterans Centre

8 am - Registration closes. Cyclists assemble in staging area at mini-mall parking lot.

8:15 am - Pre-ride briefing

8:30 am - 160 km Super Gran ride starts

8:40 am approx. - 120 km Gran Fondo ride starts

8:50 am approx. - 67 km Medio Fondo ride starts

9:00 am approx. - 35 km Piccolo Fondo ride starts

11:30 am - 5 pm - Post-ride pork BBQ or Lobster option

3 pm - Awards Ceremony 

5 pm - Route support ends


Early-bird Package
Before July 31st midnight Atlantic Standard Time
Price: $99 CDN + processing fee ($6.84)

Regular Registration (no jersey)
August 1st to September 9th
Price: $99 CDN + processing fee ($6.84)

Late Registration
September 10th to September 24th

Price: $135 CDN + processing fee ($6.84)

What's Included?

Swag Bag - lots of cool stuff!
Access to Saturday Social, featuring finger foods, La Baie en Joie dancers, Acadian music and more!
Nutrition Stops - including Acadian delicacies!
Event Jersey
(Available in Men's and Women's XS, S, M, L and XL)
Bib with chip timing
Route map
Electronic Start/Finish Timing
Post-ride pork BBQ or Lobster option and Awards Ceremony
Prize Draws
Photos: Photos will be taken during the event by event photographers and organizers. Photos will be posted following the event on Facbook and on website. You will have access to images free of charge.

Packet Pickups

Pick up your packets on the Saturday afternoon and evening during our social evening at the Gran Fondo Headquarters, located at the Clare Veterans Centre in Saulnierville (9938 Highway 1). Registration is also available on Saturday morning starting at 7 am, also at the Legion. Most of you have registered online, so this second registration is mainly to make sure you are there and to receive your jersey and swag bag (if applicable).

Please note: if you are registering on the Saturday evening or Sunday morning of the event, only cash or cheque payment will be accepted. The closest bank machine is a Scotiabank, located 300 m north of the bike shop.

Adequate Car Parking
Free Parking
Toilets / Changing Rooms
Sign On Desk
Registration/Entry On the Day
Pre-Packet Pickups
Support for Participants
Route Signposted
Route Card
First Aid
Emergency Contact No
SAG Wagon
Escort / Police Escort
Controlled Intersections
Roving Mechanical Support
Electronic Start/Finish Timing
Finishing Medals
Results Within 24 Hours
Personalised Bib (Name and QR Code)
Downloadable GPS files
Free Training Rides
Feed / Aid Stations
Post Event Meal(s) Provided As Part of Entry
Event Size
500 - 1999 Riders
Start Address: Vélo Baie Sainte-Marie bike shop, 9976 Highway 1, Saulnierville, Nova Scotia
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