September 18-19, 2021

Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie and Terra Fondo to be held on alternating years

Saulnierville, NS, Canada – March 30, 2022: The Terra Fondo mountain bike event is returning for its second year on Saturday, September 17, 2022, and will be held at the Clare Golf and Country Club in Comeauville.

The 67 km route winds through beautiful mixed forests with river and lake views, historic sites, a farmers’ market, and a scenic coastal section. After the ride, participants will be treated to a relaxed meal and local entertainment on the grounds of the Clare Golf and Country Club.

In anticipation of work related to the revitalization of the Clare Veterans Centre, the 2022 edition of Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie will be postponed until 2023.

Major exterior and interior renovations slated at the event’s headquarters the next year will make hosting the event unfeasible. Without a suitable event venue to host 1,000 participants, the Gran Fondo will be rescheduled for September 9-10, 2023.

With a refreshed event venue, the Gran Fondo will return bigger and better in 2023 with another stellar cycling event that our participants and community have come to expect from our first five editions. Moving forward, we will be alternating Gran and Terra Fondo events every September.

To assist with future planning, the expected dates for the next three years are the following:

  • 2022: Terra Fondo – Saturday, September 17
  • 2023: Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie – September 9-10
  • 2024: Terra Fondo – Saturday, September 14

Registration for the Terra Fondo mountain bike event will be opening soon. For more information, please visit the Baie Sainte-Marie website.

Thank you to all the participants, volunteers, our community and supporters 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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