2020 REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
2019 Ride sold out with 500 participants!
The County Gran Fondo is a beautifully scenic ride through the bucolic, vineyard studded scenery of Prince Edward County, Ontario. Choose from 50 km, 100 and 150 km distances and enjoy unparalleled support, the camaraderie of cyclists and après-ride festivities sure to please. Starting from Isaiah Tubbs on West Lake, you will cruise through Sandbanks Provincial Park, past vineyards that have made the county famous, visit villages including Milford, Picton & Wellington, and ride quiet roads in between.
Haven't been to the county yet? Travel & Leisure recently described Prince Edward County as one of the top places to travel to in the world in their annual list: ‘Cross Montauk, NY, with California’s Napa Valley circa 1970, and you get Prince Edward County, a tiny wine-producing region that’s becoming a haven for creative types'. Cyclists have long known that this region is a mecca for road cycling.
Check out our photos from the 2019 County Gran Fondo ride!
2019 Photos here (Download Code - 2399)
2019 Timing Results here
REGISTER + receive $100 towards a GREAT BIKE JOURNEY OF THE WORLD
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Schedule of Events
Friday, September 11
6:30-9 pm: Participants can pick up their Rider package at Isaiah Tubbs Resort at the O'Neill Pavilion, our HQ for the event.
7-9 pm: There will be a buffet 'carb loading' dinner for participants, at Isaiah Tubbs at the Knoll Restaurant starting at 7 pm and going until 9 pm. Cost is $25 and there will be a presentation 'Great Bike Journeys of the World (starting at 7:30 pm in the Knoll Restaurant). Tickets are limited. Quick, get yours.
Saturday, September 12
6.30 - 7:45 am: Riders should arrive arrive to the start area at the pavilion. Package pick-up for those that did not pick-up on Friday night is available from 6.30 am.
Neutral start north along west lake and through Sandbanks park. Once through the park, ride at your own pace. All rides start from Isaiah Tubbs Resort as follows:
*7.30 AM: Gran Fondo Elite 150 KM
*8.00 AM: Gran Fondo 100 KM
*8.30 AM: Corto Fondo 50 KM
12-3 pm: Apres-ride festivities including BBQ & frosty brew (12 oz serving in 2020) for all participants and live music at Isaiah Tubbs finish line pavilion. Please note, we cannot guarantee the beer garden or lunch will be available after 3pm but there will be lunch options on the 150km last rest stop for those that like to take their time and we will have a frosty beer waiting for those arriving after 3pm.
7-10 pm: Celebration dinner festivities with food by Idle Wild of Wellington and live music with Victor Cooper in a spectacular barn winery. Bus transportation available from Isaiah Tubbs ($10 return). Tickets (120 available total) for the Saturday night event will be $35 with proceeds going to local charities. In each of 2018 & 2019, we donated $1,500 between ROC Prince Edward County Youth Outreach Center, YMCA Strong Kids Program and the Picton Hospital. Quick, get yours.
Sunday, September 13
We encourage participants to stay in the county and sample from some of the breweries and vineyards. Show your plate number to participating breweries and wine makers to taste the best of the county! Just be sure to have a designated (non-tasting) driver!
Register Early & Save
GRAN FONDO - 100 km:
January 1: $120.00
September 1: $140.00
September 12: $160.00
GRAN FONDO ELITE - 150 km:
January 1: $160.00
September 1: $180.00
September 12: $200.00
CORTO FONDO - 50 km:
January 1: $80.00
September 1: $100.00
September 12: $120.00
*We have initiated an ambassador program to recognize those that encourage others to sign-up (you will receive one draw entry for each referral, as noted on reg form) and the winner will receive a prize package that will include a $100 dinner voucher at the Drake Devonshire in Wellington
Stay for the Weekend
Isaiah Tubbs resort special wknd pricing
We have ‘blocked’ the entire Isaiah Tubbs Resort for the event. Book now to take advantage of the 2020 Gran Fondo room rate at Isaiah Tubbs Resort:
Classic room: $179
Deluxe Jacuzzi & Lodge room/suite: $209
Lodge Lakeview or 2 Bedroom Suite: $249
Beach Suites: $299
Two night reservation required. Complimentary parking and wifi.
To reserve a room, please call 800.724.2393 and provide your Order number for the Gran Fondo to access the room block.