September 21-22, 2019

Rides

Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie is offering four rides in 2018. Experienced riders will be challenged by our 161 km Super Gran and 118 km Gran routes, while intermediate and novice cyclists may prefer the shorter 67 km Medio or 35 km Piccolo rides. Some routes will be slightly tweaked for 2018. Riders 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 31) 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!

Super1
Super2
Distance 161 km.
Experience Level Very experienced
Start Time 8:30 am
Duration 5.5 hours (± 2 hours)
Participants (2018) 85

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. Ecole Stella Maris School (Peter Dugas Road, Meteghan) - 144 km

Gran

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

Gran1
Gran2
Distance 118 km.
Experience Level Experienced
Start Time 8:45 am
Wave 1: Advanced
Wave 2: Intermediate and Beginner
Duration 4.5 hours (± 2 hours)
Participants (2018) 320

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. Ecole Stella Maris School (Peter Dugas Road, Meteghan) - 82 km
  4. Mavillette Beach - 96 km

Mezzo

Our fifth route, the new Mezzo Fondo (Italian for "middle"), offers experienced cyclists a challenging yet scenic middle distance that combines sections of the Medio and Gran rides.

Mezzo1
Mezzo2
Distance 88.5 km
Experience Level Experienced
Start Time 9:00 am
Wave 1: Advanced
Wave 2: Intermediate and Beginner
Duration 4 hours (± 1.5 hours)

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.

Medio1
Medio2
Distance 67 km.
Experience Level Intermediate
Start Time 9:15 am
Wave 1: Advanced
Wave 2: Intermediate and Beginner
Duration 3.5 hours (± 1.5 hours)
Participants (2018) 400

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.

piccolo1
piccolo2
Distance 35 km.
Experience Level Beginner
Start Time 9:30 am
Duration 2 hours (± 1 hour)
Participants (2018) 230

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 (+ $9.59 processing fee) before July 15, 2019 AST to get a Gran Fondo Jersey!

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