September 18-19, 2021

2021 Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie cancelled

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.
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Saulnierville, NS, Canada – April 20, 2021:
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.

We will be back in 2022 with another stellar event that will meet the high quality and expectations that our participants and community have come to expect over the last five years. We hope to see you all on September 17 and 18, 2022!

In the interest of continuing to promote a cycling culture in our community, we are excited to offer a separate unique event planned for the summer of 2021. For those who enjoy rougher terrain and a smaller scale event, we are planning a “Terra Fondo” in July, where mountain bikers can experience some of our trails and beautiful scenery followed by an after-ride celebration and meal. Stay tuned for updates! Please note that this event is for those 19 years of age and over only. All Public Health protocols surrounding COVID-19 will be in place.

For more information regarding the Terra Fondo, please visit the Baie Sainte-Marie website.

Thank you for your understanding, patience and unwavering support. Stay safe and stay in touch!

~ The Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie Team!

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 18 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm
    Registration and social evening
  • Sunday, September 19 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.

Super Gran

The 160 km Super Gran is for hardcore cyclists looking to put their skills to the test!

Gran or Super rides

Gran

Experienced riders will be challenged by our 120 km Gran route.

Mezzo

This 88.5 km route offers a scenic middle distance for experienced riders.

Medio

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

Piccolo

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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