Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie
The Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie is Nova Scotia's first Gran Fondo. 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.