September 10, 2023

What is a Gran Fondo?

Gran Fondo means "grand tour" or "great distance" in Italian, which is a mass-start cycling ride which brings together road cyclists of all abilities.

La Baie Sainte-Marie

The Municipality of Clare, situated on the shores of Baie Sainte-Marie (Saint Mary’s Bay) in Southwest Nova Scotia, is home to the largest Acadian community in the province.

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Event Schedule

  • Saturday, September 9 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
    Registration and social evening
  • Sunday, September 10 8:15 am
    Pre-ride briefing followed by first start!
Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie is a MUST DO event for any cyclist.

Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie is a MUST DO event for any cyclist.

There are distances for everyone and the organization is outstanding! The members of the community that come out to cheer you on are fantastic and really make you feel special. The friendliness and hospitality are second to none. DO IT!!! You won't regret it!

Lewis Hinks, Chester, NS

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Choose your ride!

Navigate rolling inland roads and discover towering wooden churches along the panoramic coastal route that hugs beautiful Baie Sainte-Marie.

Gran or Super rides


Experienced riders will be challenged by our 128 km Gran route.


Our most popular route, the 67 km Medio is perfect for intermediate riders.


At 35 km, the Piccolo offers anyone an excellent introduction to Fondo riding.

Lobster Lunch!

End your ride on a high note and enjoy a local lobster lunch (or BBQ pork or veggie chili), included with all registrations!

5!.. 4!.. 3!.. 2!.. 1!… Go!  And we’re off!

5!.. 4!.. 3!.. 2!.. 1!… Go! And we’re off!

The adrenaline and excitement coupled with the cheering fans lining the sides of the road, many waving Acadian flags and yelling encouragement, makes the first part of the ride fly by. Soon we turn right and begin riding into the backcountry. Rolling hills, brilliant sunshine, and friendly smiles from other riders make the day perfect.

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More than just a cycling tour.

We bring out an entire community of dedicated volunteers to plan, organize and realize every detail of the entire weekend.

Let us be your hosts!

Quick FAQ

Yes! Just send us a message using the form on the Contact page.We understand that you may be debating which distance to ride. We highly recommend that you sign up early to take advantage of the best-value jersey package, however you can change your route distance right up to the morning of the event!

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Ready to ride?

Register for the 2024 Terra Fondo on June 9, 2024 !