April 18, 2016 (Sarnia, ON) – Bluewater International Granfondo (BIGF) announced today that it will be the first ever Canadian event to be part of the 9-event Giordana Gran Fondo National Championship Series (GFNCS). For Canada’s inaugural event, organizers are including a Giordana Italian Cycling Jersey as part of the registration fee.
The Bluewater International Granfondo, is a cycling challenge which is part competitive road racing and part casual riding. Routes are offered in lengths of 50k, 100k, and 150k so participants can find a distance to match their goals. Unlike traditional racing formats only the timed sections count toward the riders’ competition times. The times for each of the sections is added together to give an overall cumulative time with the lowest time determining placement by age group. Points will also qualify for the Giordana Gran Fondo National Championship Series.
BIGF will take place Sunday, July 31, 2016, starting and finishing along the shores of Lake Huron in Sarnia’s beautiful Mike Weir Park. Tremendous backing is being received from the City of Sarnia, Tourism Sarnia Lambton, County of Lambton and community businesses. At the finish riders will be able to relax to live music while enjoying a well deserved hot meal and beverage followed by a refreshing swim in Lake Huron (if desired). It is a must do for both cycling enthusiasts and first timers.
Most importantly, proceeds from the Bluewater International Granfondo will support palliative care in Lambton County with funds being donated to St. Joseph’s Hospice of Sarnia Lambton and Palliative Care at Bluewater Health Sarnia.
“We’re excited to add the Bluewater International Granfondo to the series as a points event,” said Reuben Kline, founder and president of the Gran Fondo National Championship Series. “The philosophy and format of the Bluewater International Granfondo fits well with the goals of GFNCS.”
Ken MacAlpine, Chairman of BIGF stated “It is great to be able to combine our event with the Giordana Gran Fondo National Championship Series allowing participants to gain points while also visiting Canada. The start conveniently located 15 minutes from the Michigan/Ontario border.”
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