September 19-20, 2020

Rides

Experienced riders will be challenged by our 161 km Super, 118 km Gran and 89 km Mezzo routes, while intermediate and novice cyclists may prefer the shorter 67 km Medio or 35 km Piccolo rides.

Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie is offering 5 exhilarating rides for 2020! Experienced riders will be challenged by our epic 161 km Super Gran, the classic 118 km Gran or our 88.5 km Mezzo, a newer route that combines elements of the Gran and Medio rides. Intermediate and novice cyclists may prefer the shorter 67 km Medio or 35 km Piccolo rides. Cyclists will ride on low traffic rolling inland roads along lakes and rivers, and pass by towering wooden churches along the panoramic coastal route that hugs beautiful Baie Sainte Marie.

Debating which distance to ride? We highly recommend that you sign up early, by July 20, 2020, to take advantage of the best value jersey package. You can change your route distance right up to the morning of the event!

Downloadable maps of each route are below, along with images and elevation profiles.

Super Gran

The 161 km Super Gran is for hardcore cyclists looking to put their skills to the test!

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Distance 161 km.
Experience Level Very experienced
Start Time 8:30 am
Duration 5.5 hours (± 2 hours)
Participants (2019) 90
GPX File Download

Key Landmarks

  • Université Sainte-Anne: The only French-language university in Nova Scotia
  • Église Sainte-Marie Church: Largest wooden church in North America
  • Belliveau Cove Park: Home of outdoor lobster suppers and other events
  • Église Saint-Bernard Church: Majestic stone church home to art expo
  • Bas-de-la Rivière: Scenic coastal loop along St. Mary’s Bay and Sissiboo River
  • Highway 340: Low traffic inland highway with long rolling hills
  • Mavillette Beach: Sweeping views of ocean and Cape St. Mary
  • Église Sainte-Alphonse Church: Situated atop one of a series of small hills
  • Smugglers Cove Provincial Park: Coastal provincial park
  • Église Sacré-Coeur Church: Towering yellow church close to the finish line

Rest stops

In addition to the start/finish line, there are five rest stops. All have washrooms, hydration, nutrition and first aid supplies.

  1. Chez Marcel (Bas-de-la Rivière) - 21 km
  2. Havelock Community Centre (Highway 340) - 47 km
  3. Carleton School (Highway 340) - 84 km
  4. Mavillette Beach - 129 km
  5. Sip Café Meteghan (Meteghan Connector) - 142 km

Gran

Experienced riders will be challenged by our 118 km Gran route.

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Gran2
Distance 118 km.
Experience Level Experienced
Start Time 8:45 am
Wave 1: Advanced and Intermediate
Wave 2: Intermediate and Beginner
Duration 4.5 hours (± 2 hours)
Participants (2019) 185
GPX File Download

Key Landmarks

  • Université Sainte-Anne: The only French-language university in Nova Scotia
  • Église Sainte-Marie Church: Largest wooden church in North America
  • Belliveau Cove Park: Home of outdoor lobster suppers and other events
  • Église Saint-Bernard Church: Majestic stone church home to art expo
  • Highway 340: Low traffic inland highway with long rolling hills
  • Bangor Sawmill: Inland along a scenic meandering river
  • Mavillette Beach: Sweeping views of ocean and Cape St. Mary
  • Église Sainte-Alphonse Church: Situated atop one of a series of small hills
  • Smugglers Cove Provincial Park: Coastal provincial park
  • Église Sacré-Coeur Church: Towering yellow church close to the finish line

Rest stops

In addition to the start/finish line, there are four rest stops. All have washrooms, hydration, nutrition and first aid supplies.

  1. Havelock Community Centre (Highway 340) - 32 km
  2. La Shoppe Verte store/café (Concession) - 59 km
  3. Sip Café Meteghan (Meteghan Connector) - 83 km
  4. Mavillette Beach - 96 km

Mezzo

Our fifth route, the Mezzo Fondo (Italian for "middle"), offers experienced cyclists a challenging yet scenic middle distance that combines sections of the Medio and Gran rides. Be prepared for some challenging inland hills along Highway 340 from Havelock through Corberrie.

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Mezzo2
Distance 88.5 km
Experience Level Experienced
Start Time 9:00 am
Wave 1: Advanced and Intermediate
Wave 2: Intermediate and Beginner
Duration 4 hours (± 1.5 hours)
Participants (2019) 170
GPX File Download

Key Landmarks

  • Université Sainte-Anne: The only French-language university in Nova Scotia
  • Église Sainte-Marie Church: Largest wooden church in North America
  • Belliveau Cove Park: Home of outdoor lobster suppers and other events
  • Église Saint-Bernard Church: Majestic stone church home to art expo
  • Bas-de-la Rivière: Scenic coastal loop along St. Mary’s Bay and Sissiboo River
  • Highway 340: Low traffic linland highway with long rolling hills
  • Bangor Sawmill: Inland along a scenic meandering river
  • Église Sacré-Coeur Church: Towering yellow church close to the finish line

Rest stops

In addition to the start/finish line, there are three rest stops. All have washrooms, hydration, nutrition and first aid supplies.

  1. Chez Marcel (Bas-de-la Rivière along the bay) - 21 km
  2. Havelock Community Centre (Highway 340) - 47 km
  3. La Shoppe Verte store/café (Consession) - 69 km

Medio

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

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Medio2
Distance 67 km.
Experience Level Intermediate
Start Time 9:15 am
Wave 1: Advanced and Intermediate
Wave 2: Intermediate and Beginner
Duration 3.5 hours (± 1.5 hours)
Participants (2019) 300
GPX File Download

Key Landmarks

  • Université Sainte-Anne: The only French-language university in Nova Scotia
  • Église Sainte-Marie Church: Largest wooden church in North America
  • Belliveau Cove Park: Home of outdoor lobster suppers and other events
  • Église Saint-Bernard Church: Majestic stone church home to art expo
  • Bas-de-la Rivière: Scenic coastal loop along St. Mary’s Bay and Sissiboo River
  • Bangor Sawmill: Inland along a scenic meandering river
  • Église Sacré-Coeur Church: Towering yellow church close to the finish line

Rest stops

In addition to the start/finish line, there are two rest stops. All have washrooms, hydration, nutrition and first aid supplies.

  1. Chez Marcel (Bas-de-la Rivière) - 21 km
  2. La Shoppe Verte store/café (Consession) - 47 km

Piccolo

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

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piccolo2
Distance 35 km.
Experience Level Beginner
Start Time 9:30 am
Duration 2 hours (± 1 hour)
Participants (2019) 250
GPX File Download

Key Landmarks

  • Université Sainte-Anne: The only French-language university in Nova Scotia
  • Église Sainte-Marie Church: Largest wooden church in North America
  • Bangor Sawmill: Inland along a scenic meandering river
  • Église Sacré-Coeur Church: Towering yellow church close to the finish line

Rest stops

In addition to the start/finish line, there is one rest stop. Both have washrooms, hydration, nutrition and first aid supplies.

  1. La Shoppe Verte store/café (Consession) - 16 km

 

Ready to ride?

Register for any route for $99 (+ $8.84 processing fee) before July 20, 2020 AST to get a Gran Fondo jersey or t-shirt!