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Bluewater International Granfondo

August 04 2019
Sarnia, Ontario, Canada

The exciting fourth annual Bluewater International Granfondo welcomes cyclists to the Lambton County’s Bluewaterland, starting and finishing in the City of Sarnia’s beautiful Mike Weir Park.

There are three routes to choose from all of which will take in some outstanding views of Lambton County including finishing along the stunning shores of Lake Huron. There is no start to finish time as in traditional racing formats but rather timed sections that count toward the riders competition time. This means you can take your time between race sections, stop at the Fuel Stations and regroup to enjoy the ride with your friends and teammates. At the finish a hot meal and beverage awaits you as well as finisher medals. It is a must do for both cycling enthusiasts and first timers.

Whether you are looking to experience the enjoyment of riding on quite country roads or through thriving fruit orchards or challenge yourself on the rolling hills of Arkona you will find it all in this area of outstanding natural beauty.

All riders will have three routes to choose from 50K, 100K, and 150K each with its own start time specifically designed to avoid mass start anxiety and allow riders of all routes to finish within a reasonable time of each other. B.I.G. utilizes timed sections which is a format that prevents chaotic starts but still allows competitive juices to flow. This format allows all riders to receive a competition time while also being able to regroup with friends upon completion of the timed sections. Riders can cool off with a refreshing swim in Lake Huron prior to relaxing to live music courtesy of Offsite Impact, one of Lambton County’s finest 5-piece Rock and Roll bands, while enjoying a well-deserved beer or soft drink along with some very tasty food.

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B.I.G. supports two charities, St. Joseph’s Hospice and Bluewater Health’s Palliative Care with the emphasis being on further education of staff in the field of Palliative Care. A significant portion of the $50,000 raised in 2017 was dedicated to funding the first Lambton Palliative Care Retreat, a 2-day conference in Lambton County, where participants heard from a number of world-renowned speakers in the field of Palliative Care. In addition our MP Marilyn Gladu spoke about introducing the Private Members Bill C-277, an Act providing for the Development of a Framework on Palliative Care in Canada.

During the 12 weeks prior to B.I.G. “Wednesday Night Rides” are hosted. These are training/educational rides, both experienced and inexperienced riders are encouraged to participate in. However the emphasis is on assisting newer riders and each week starts with a short educational talk by local experts covering road safety, nutrition, tire changing etc. Riders are then divided into five groups based on distance and speed with each group having either two or three guides assigned to them for the evening. This year “the rides” became extremely popular causing registration to be closed at 140 participants. Each participant received sponsored T shirts promoting the rides. (picture attached)

The Ontario First Responder Road Cycling Championships (Fire - Police - EMS)

First Responders show their dedication every day. Increasing focus to integrate Palliative Care into EMS allowS for the delivery of advanced Palliative Care at home or expediting admission to Hospital Palliative Care Unit or Hospice. For 2018 BIG is proud to host Ontario First Responders Road Cycling Championship (OFRRCC).

First Responders are committed to their community and to their teammates. The OFRRCC will give them an opportunity to showcase their dedication to the sport of cycling while taking part in a terrific community event. The OFRRCC is open to active and retired sworn and civilian members of the police, fire and paramedic communities. The unique format of the Championship allows the riders to enjoy a casual ride or to “ride to win”. Their ride will consist of a 100km route which is part of the Bluewater International Granfondo. Within the 100km, there are three timed sections (7km, 2km and 9km) which can be raced for the championship. The winners will be riders who finish the 100km route and post the fastest cumulative time in the three sections. Because only sections are timed, riders will be afforded the opportunity to regroup, ride together, and enjoy the support of the Bluewater International Granfondo.

Participants will compete in the following categories: Men/Women Individual, Masters (over 40) Men/Women, and Teams. The team time will be based on the 3rd rider finishing each timed section. We anticipate OFRRCC will be an excellent complement to Sunday’s B.I.G. making Sarnia a special Canadian cycling weekend destination for both riders and fans.

Bluewater International Granfondo

Routes: 50, 100, 150km
Difficulty of Greatest Route: C - Moderate terrain with rolling short steep hills or moderate, sustained climbs
Entry Limit: 1000 riders
Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)
What's Included?

Giordana Italian bike jersey
Mechanical support at start and on route
Four  Fuel Stations on route
Timed Sections
Post ride hot food
Post ride live music

Post ride Lake Huron swim

Beer Garden

Finishers medals

Prize / Race Categories

Your racing age is the age you will be on July 31st of the current year.

Junior Male 16-18
Men 19-34
Men 35-44
Men 45-54
Men 55-64
Men 65 and up
Junior Female 16-18
Women 19-34
Women 35-44
Women 45-54
Women 55-64
Women 65 and up

Adequate Car Parking
Free Parking
Toilets / Changing Rooms
Support for Participants
Route Signposted
First Aid
Emergency Contact No
SAG Wagon
Roving Mechanical Support
Electronic Start/Finish Hill Timing
Results Within 24 Hours
Downloadable GPS files
Feed / Aid Stations
Post Event Meal(s) Provided As Part of Entry
Number of Timed Hill Climbs
Four Hill Climbs
Event Size
500 - 1999 Riders
Start Address: Mike Weir Park, Sarnia, Ontario
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