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Registrations being accepted for next year’s Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie

Spectators cheer on participants during the Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie. Although the event is timed, the Gran Fondo is described as “more of a self-paced fun group event than a race.”
Spectators cheer on participants during the Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie. Although the event is timed, the Gran Fondo is described as “more of a self-paced fun group event than a race.” - Contributed

Scheduled for Sept. 20, 2020, event again will offer various ride options

Registration has opened for the sixth edition of Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie, which will be held Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020.

Event organizers encourage people to consider giving the gift of cycling as a stocking stuffer for a special someone, or perhaps for themselves.

“The Gran Fondo has quickly grown to become a bucket-list 'must-do' cycling and cultural experience,” says a press release. “As the largest cycling event in Atlantic Canada, we hosted 992 cyclists in 2019 and we expect even more will ride with us next year. Our Gran Fondo will appeal to recreational riders of all skill levels, as well as to the avid racer. Although a timed event, this is more of a self-paced fun group event than a race.”

Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie is offering five ride options for 2020. Experienced riders will be challenged by the 161-km Super Gran, the classic 118-km Gran or the 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 Baie Sainte-Marie.

“After your unforgettable ride, share stories while savouring on fresh lobster, barbecue pork or our new vegetarian option for 2020: chickpea curry,” says the release promoting the event. “Stay tuned for more info as we work to improve the ‘greening’ of our event in 2020.”

Cyclists may also be interested in related events, the Mini Fondo for children (five to 12 years old) held on the Saturday of Gran Fondo weekend, and, new for 2020, the Terra Fondo gravel ride to be held Saturday, June 6, starting at Le Richelieu in Meteghan River.

The Gran Fondo jersey package will be available until July 20, 2020. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.granfondobaiesaintemarie.ca/en/

Cyclists are encouraged to register early to take advantage of the best value jersey package and participate in monthly draws for a chance to win their registration or other prizes like a Gran Fondo duffle bag.

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