New in 2023, 3 brand new courses being offered, and all routes being done in reverse for a new experience.
Starting and finishing in beautiful Southampton, Ontario, the Gran Fondo Lake Huron welcomes cyclists of all levels, offering scenic rides.
Choose your distance and pedal your way to Hospital Hero status!
New in 2023 the 110km route is being done in reverse. It offers riders a mixture of terrain over its length as it travels-through some of the nicest roads in the area. Featuring beautiful winding roads as it rolls alongside the Saugeen River, before heading out to some rolling terrain as it heads over the height of land towards the Saugeen River valley. It then heads West and takes riders South passing-through Tiverton. From there it heads back North towards the forests of MacGregor Point Provincial Park before returning along the shoreline to Southampton.
Start Time: 7:00 am
Rest Stops: 3
Elevation Gain: 654m (approx)
Note – the interactive map shows some gravel roads as part of the route, this is not the case. All roads are paved from start to finish when the course is selected.
New for 2023, the 75km route is being done in reverse, in addition to a few small route changes to enhance the riders experience. It has a great balance of scenery and topography. It features some beautiful winding roads as it rolls alongside the Saugeen River, before heading out to some rolling terrain as it heads over the height of land towards the Saugeen River valley. It then heads towards the forests of MacGregor Point Provincial Park before returning along the shoreline to Southampton.
Start Time: 7:30 am
Rest Stops: 2
Elevation: 441m (approx)
New in 2023 the 30km route is being done in reverse. It gives riders a sample of the best riding that the Saugeen Shores area has to offer. This ride travels out towards the beautiful farmland along the fertile shores of the Saugeen River, then tracks towards Port Elgin and finally heads to the Western shores before bringing cyclist back home to Southampton.
Start Time: 8:00 am
Rest Stops: 1
Elevation Gain: 181m (approx)
80k Gravel Road Ride
New to GFLH this year is an 80km gravel ride, the best option to explore the varied terrain and beautiful landscapes throughout Saugeen Shores. Very approachable for anyone new to gravel riding who might otherwise consider the 70 or 110km road routes. Leaving Southampton your first taste of gravel is under the tree canopy past the Saugeen Golf Club, followed by scenic segments of the Saugeen Rail Trail and rolling country roads with light gravel and hard pack surface, comprising a route that is 60% unpaved. You’ll discover why gravel riding is the fastest growing genre in cycling – quieter roads, tranquil trails and a healthy dose of physical and technical challenge that will have you consuming some extra fuel at the Paisley rest stop and reward you with satisfaction for completing the ride! Gravel bikes, hybrids with wider tires or mountain bikes are recommended.
Start Time: 7:15 am
Rest Stops: tbd
Elevation Gain: 448m (approx)
New in 2023, an introductory 10km route is being offered for family fun! We encourage cyclists of all ages and abilities to come out to participate. This ride is perfect for families or inspiring young riders, it features roughly 50 meters of elevation and showcases some picturesque mixed surface, low volume roads, ideal for any and all bicycle types.
Start Time: tbd
Please note this ride takes place on Saturday August, 19th @ 10am, the rest of the rides are the following day (Sunday).
Prize Draws For Those That Fundraise!
Brand new for our 2023 Gran Fondo weekend we will be offering a 1km Kids Event for children. Participants will start at the parking lot at the Plex in Port Elgin and will follow the 1km route, making stops along the way, participating in fun activities and/or collecting take away items.
Online registration is required and includes a backpack for each child to collect all the fun take-aways along the route as well as a ticket for the BBQ lunch afterward (includes a hotdog, drink, granola bar and fresh fruit). Parents may purchase additional lunch tickets for themselves or siblings who are not participating in the event but will be in attendance for a cost of $8/each.
Kids are encouraged to fundraise if they can. Use your automatic online fundraising page that is set up once your register and share the link with friends and family or print out the paper fundraising form and bring it with you along with the funds collected the morning of the event.
Start Time: 10:00 am (Saturday, August 19th)
MultiSport Canada (MSC) was founded by John Salt and Mike Buck in 2002, its first Triathlon event was held in May 2003 at the Erin Meadows Community Centre in Mississauga. From those humble beginnings, their events have now grown into Canada’s largest triathlon series with over 9,000 athletes participating in multiple races throughout the summer. MSC now owns and produces the Skechers Performance Triathlon Series, the Niagara Falls Barrelman, and The Ontario Women’s Triathlon.
During that time, MultiSport Canada has also grown into one of Canada’s premier event management companies. Over the past 10 years, MSC has been contracted to work on some of the Canada’s largest mass-participation on-road events such as the: Sporting Life 10K; the RBC Race for the Kids; Centurion Blue Mountain; and the Highway of Heroes Ride. MSC also works host of smaller events that support both local and regional charities.