July 14, 2017 (Sarnia, ON) – Due to the overwhelming success of its inaugural event, organizers of the Bluewater International Granfondo in Sarnia, Ontario are expanding entries to 750 participants for this second edition. A total 518 riders took part in the 2016 event, which sold out four weeks in advanced. Currently, 50 spots remain for this year’s edition on August 6, 2017.
The Granfondo will start and finish along the shores of Lake Huron at Mike Weir Park and is part personal challenge and part serious competition. All riders will receive a Giordana Italian Cycling Jersey and will have three routes to choose from including 50km, 100km and 150km options. Each will have its own start time specifically designed to avoid mass start anxiety and allow riders of all routes to be able to finish within a reasonable time of each other.
“Mike Weir Park and along the waterfront in Lambton County is uniquely beautiful,” said Ken MacAlpine, Bluewater International Granfondo Chairman and Sarnia cyclist. “I think the event, the organizing and the structure is just very appealing to people.”
There will be no start to finish time given as in traditional racing formats but rather timed sections that count toward the rider’s competition time. This format allows competitive juices to flow during the timed sections but also allows for regrouping and ride at one’s own pace between timed sections.
At the finish participants and their family will relax to live music courtesy of Offsite Impact, Lambton County’s finest 6piece Rock and Roll band, while enjoying a well-deserved hot meal and beverage with the option of a refreshing swim in Lake Huron.
“Giordana cycling jerseys and finishing medals for all entrants, fuelling stations along the way, a post-ride party with live music by Offsite Impact Band, a hot meal, and the course itself, are among the reasons why our Granfondo has proved so popular,” said MacApline.
Whether you are looking to experience the enjoyment of riding on quiet country roads, through thriving fruit orchards or challenge yourself on the rolling hills of Arkona, participants will find it all in this area of outstanding natural beauty.
“More than a tourism draw, the event has inspired a new generation of cyclists in the community” said Anita Trusler, a host committee member and health promotion supervisor with Lambton Public Health.
For registration visit their website www.bifg.ca