After careful consideration and monitoring of public health directives surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic as well as in consideration of the preservation of our brand, the 2021 edition of Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie has been cancelled. Our priority is the health and well-being of participants, volunteers, our community and supporters.
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.
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.Read More about La Baie Sainte-Marie
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
Navigate rolling inland roads and discover towering wooden churches along the panoramic coastal route that hugs beautiful Baie Sainte-Marie.
The 160 km Super Gran is for hardcore cyclists looking to put their skills to the test!
Experienced riders will be challenged by our 120 km Gran route.
This 88.5 km route offers a scenic middle distance for experienced riders.
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.
Although the Fondo is a tour, not a race, chip timing is provided so you can track your progress year-to-year.
Take a break at one of our conveniently located rest stops to enjoy refreshment and connect with other riders.
Lunch and prizes await you after your ride, so plan to hang around and enjoy the afternoon!
End your ride on a high note and enjoy a local lobster lunch (or BBQ pork or veggie chili), included with all registrations!
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.See what others had to say
...The townspeople cheered, the rest stations were fantastic. The volunteers were so friendly and helpful. Finishing with a lobster dinner - perfect way to end the fondo. "
"What stood out for me was the excellent organisation before, during and after the event and the warm and friendly welcome from the whole community."
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!