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3rd Annual Bluewater International Granfondo confirmed for August 5th 2018

Over $50,000 raised for Palliative Care and the first Lambton Palliative Care Retreat as event expands and hosts the Ontario First Responder Road Cycling Championships. Event WILL sell out in advance for a third year running!

Bluewater International Granfondo (B.I.G.) is a signature cycling event for all levels which starts and finishes along the shores of scenic Lake Huron at Mike Weir Park in Sarnia, Ontario. The inaugural event in 2016 was an overwhelming success selling all 500 registration spots four weeks prior to event date and was voted top 4 in Ontario and top 11 in Canada by Granfondo Guide. In 2017 registration was increased to 750 and again sold out prior to the ride. The date for the 3rd annual is August 5th 2018 and plans are to increase registration to 1,000.

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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VIDEO: 2017 Bluewater International Granfondo

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. 

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

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.

Register NOW to Secure a Place!

Since, it's inception, the Bluewater International GranFondo has SOLD OUT well in advance.

To avoid disappointment, Gran Fondo Guide advises cyclists' register early!

Register NOW to SECURE a place, before prices increase on January 31st.

Register by June 1st to be entered into two draws to win a week's cycling vacation for two at  Lungomare Bike Hotel in Cesenatico on the Adriatic. 

Prize draws will take place during the awards ceremony on the day of the Granfondo!

2018 Bluewater International Granfondo Kit

2018 Bluewater International Granfondo Kit!

Each participant receives a sponsored T shirt promoting the rides

3rd Annual Bluewater International Granfondo confirmed for August 5th 2018