Frequently Asked Questions

What happened to the 160km ride?
We decided to eliminate it this year due to the increased costs associated with putting on this fundraising event. Suppliers and vendors have had to increase their prices due to the ongoing effects of Covid on their supply chain, which in turn has brought increased costs to running our event. The 160km route had the largest expense/per rider and had the fewest participating fundraisers, so we chose to eliminate it from in 2022 in an effort to reduce some of the impact of increased cost while affecting the fewest number of participants.
Is there a fundraising minimum?

We strongly encourage participants to fundraise a minimum of $200
100% of all rider-raised funds go to the fundraising initiatives detailed on our fundraising goal for the year.

Where does the event take place?

In Southampton, Ontario! Located 3 hours northwest of Toronto, off the beautiful eastern shores of Lake Huron.

Do you offer refunds?

Sorry but no refunds will be given.

Where should I stay?

Check out our Community page for info

What is the Post-Ride Picnic?

Be sure to stick around after you have finished your event for the post-ride picnic. We will have a catered lunch and a beer tent.

Which distance should I ride?

All distances offer some beautiful sights and a rest stop where snacks can be found. The Post-Ride Picnic runs from 11:30am – 1:30pm, so please ensure you can finish your distance by 1:30pm so that you can grab your meal.

Is this a timed event?

No, the Gran Fondo Lake Huron is not timed. The primary focus is fundraising for the Saugeen Memorial Hospital. While we encourage everyone to come out and challenge themselves, please remember to obey signs and signals of the road and signal your turns/stops when riding, and to NEVER cross over the yellow (center) line of the road.

Friendly Reminders for the Gran Fondo Lake Huron

  1. All cyclists are to OBEY ALL SIGNS AND SIGNALS during the event. If a light is red you must stop, if there is a stop sign you must stop and look both ways.
  2. All cyclists MUST WEAR A HELMET to participate.
  3. Please SIGNAL your TURNS and STOPS whether you see a vehicle or not. This will help and encourage the other riders around you as well to do the same.
  4. Please bring your own bottles for your bike! We will have jugs at the rest stations to refill your bottles. Please do not throw away your bottles, clean and re-use them ????

Questions on Fundraising

How can I/someone donate?

Simply click DONATE in our menu and follow the instructions.

Question – Do I have to collect all my pledges online?

No – you may download the pledge sheet and attach the donation with the information to the sheet. You can bring the pledge sheet in to the Foundation Office at any time and they will update your pledge page for you. Or, you can bring the form with you to the Registration Desk on event weekend (at the Southampton Coliseum Annex) and they will update your pledge page at that time.