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County Gran Fondo

Prince Edward County Gran Fondo

September 10 2022
Sandbanks Park, Ontario, Canada

The County Gran Fondo is a beautifully scenic ride through the bucolic, vineyard studded scenery of Prince Edward County, Ontario. Choose from 50 km, 100 km and (new in 2022) 160 km distances and enjoy unparalleled support, the camaraderie of cyclists and après-ride festivities sure to please. Starting from Isaiah Tubbs on West Lake, you will cruise through Sandbanks Provincial Park, past vineyards that have made the county famous, visit villages including Milford, Picton & Wellington, and ride quiet roads in between. 

Haven't been to the county yet? Travel & Leisure recently described Prince Edward County as one of the top places to travel to in the world in their annual list: ‘Cross Montauk, NY, with California’s Napa Valley circa 1970, and you get Prince Edward County, a tiny wine-producing region that’s becoming a haven for creative types'. Cyclists have long known that this region is a mecca for road cycling.

Photos from 2021 Prince Edward County Gran Fondo: https://countygranfondo.pixieset.com/princeedwardcountygranfondo2021

County Gran Fondo

 
Routes: 50, 100, 160 km
Difficulty of Greatest Route: C - Moderate terrain with rolling short steep hills or moderate, sustained climbs
Entry Limit: 600
 
Start Times / Itinerary

Neutral start north along west lake and through Sandbanks park. Once through the park, ride at your own pace. All rides start from Isaiah Tubbs Resort as follows:

*7.30 am: Gran Fondo Elite 160 km
*8.00 am: Gran Fondo 100 km
*8.30 am: Corto Fondo 50 km

Costs

GRAN FONDO ELITE - 160 km:
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Early Bird prices extended until April 30: $160
May 1 - August 31: $180
September 1 - September 10: $200

GRAN FONDO - 100 km:
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Early Bird prices extended until April 30: $140
May 1 - August 31: $160
September 1 - September 10: $180

CORTO FONDO - 50 km:
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Early Bird prices extended until April 30: $120
May 1 - August 31: $140
September 1 - September 10: $160

What's Included?
Friday, September 9

7:00-9:00 pm: There will be a  buffet 'carb loading' dinner for participants, at Isaiah Tubbs at the Knoll Restaurant starting at 7:00 pm and going until 9:00 pm. Cost is $30+tax and there will be a presentation of the 'Great Bike Journeys of the World’ starting at 7:30 pm in the Knoll Restaurant. Tickets are limited. Quick, get yours. Saturday, September 10 11:30 am: This year's Gran Fondo will once again feature a complimentary post 50 km yoga class starting at 11:30. Certified yoga and pilates instructor Naomi King from PEC will be leading an hour long Gentle Vinyasa Flow class that will stretch, lengthen, strengthen and invigorate your bike-weary body and mind. This yoga class will be held in a quiet and shaded area on the Isaiah Tubbs grounds.

12:00-3:00 pm: Après-ride festivities including BBQ & frosty brew (12oz serving in 2021) for all participants at Isaiah Tubbs finish line pavilion. Please note, we cannot guarantee the beer garden or lunch will be available after 3:00 pm but there will be food options on the 160 km last rest stop for those that like to take their time and we will have a frosty beer waiting for those arriving after 3:00 pm.

7:00-10:00 pm: Celebration Dinner festivities with food by Idle Wild of Wellington and live music in a spectacular barn winery. Bus transportation available from Isaiah Tubbs ($10 return). Tickets for the Saturday night event will be $50+tax and will include your first glass of wine. Proceeds going to local charities. In each of 2018, 2019 & 2021, we donated $1,500 between ROC Prince Edward County Youth Outreach Center, YMCA Strong Kids Program and the Picton Hospital. Quick, get your ticket.

 

Packet Pickups

Friday, September 9
6:30-9:00 pm: Participants can pick up their Rider package at Isaiah Tubbs Resort at the O'Neill Pavilion, our HQ for the event. Saturday, September 10
7:00-8:15 am: Riders should arrive to the start area at the pavilion. Package pick-up for those that did not pick-up on Friday night is available from 7:00 am.

Prize / Race Categories

Register and receive a $100 voucher towards an active vacation to Europe or anywhere in the world with Great Explorations or Randonnée Tours

Great Explorations & Randonnée Tours specialize in guided and self-guided biking & hiking tours throughout the world.

Facilities
Adequate Car Parking
Pre-Packet Pickups
 
Support for Participants
Route Signposted
First Aid
Marshalls
Escort / Police Escort
Mechanical Support at Rest Stops
 
Features
Electronic Start/Finish Timing
Results Within 24 Hours
Photos
Personalised Bib (Name and QR Code)
Downloadable GPS files
 
Nutrition
Feed / Aid Stations
Post Event Meal(s) Provided As Part of Entry
 
Start Address: Sandbanks Provincial Park, Ontario
 
 
 
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Sep 10 2022 - EVENT: Prince Edward County Gran Fondo