Mark your calendars for Sept. 10 and plan to explore the Lost Shores of Guysborough on two wheels. Join a few hundred other bicyclists to soak up some undiscovered oceanfront scenery for the day.
The Municipality of Guysborough has partnered with Lost Shores Gallery to produce the inaugural Lost Shores Gran Fondo, building on the tremendous success District of Clare had last fall with Nova Scotia’s first ever Gran Fondo. Italian for ‘big ride’, a Gran Fondo is a rapidly growing format for non-competitive bicycling. It’s all about having a fun ride with lots of like-minded people followed by a BBQ, beer tent and music. Early bird entries before Aug 1 will also receive the eye catching jersey at no extra charge.
The main ride is the 90 km Lost Shores Loop which winds through about 20 fishing communities around Tor Bay and Chedabucto Bay. Two other shorter rides (30 and 50 km) provide choices for all levels of fitness. There will also be a 30 km mountain bike ride along the Trans Canada Trail.
The idea started last year with the Lost Shores cooperative marketing map highlighting the natural beauty and unhurried pace of life in eastern Guysborough County. The presence of a 90 km low traffic, ocean front driving loop seemed like a great feature to attract tourists, photographers and bicyclists who can explore our endless beaches, coves, wharves and lighthouses. One hundred years ago, this area had a very prosperous fishing industry. Those times and most of the people are long gone but the spectacular scenery remains. The best weather is in September which makes Sept 10 an ideal date to showcase the stunning beauty of the Lost Shores.
Event organizer Rob Carter said, “Loops are more fun and this low traffic oceanfront loop is perfect for an enjoyable half day ride”. Rest stops along the way will provide snacks, beverages, photo ops and mechanical support. Hills are moderate and the tailwind for 30 km along Tor Bay is just icing on the cake. A photo stop at Queensport’s Lighthouse park is almost mandatory and the final leg along the rolling hills of Chedabucto Bay’s south shore offers stunning vistas of Chedabucto Bay’s deep blue waters and long coaster rides down the hills. Visitors often leave wondering why this part of the world remains a secret.
Lost Shores Gallery started a Facebook page late last year highlighting the local scenery with a collection of aerial pictures that has drawn a loyal following of residents and homesick folks living all around the world.
As the event came together over the past few weeks, community support has been outstanding with countless offers of help. Several volunteer organizations are already making plans to assist including meals, beer tent, music and roadside support crews. The municipal recreation department headed by Angie Tavares has several years’ experience hosting triathlons so many of the organizing and safety details are very familiar. Carter said, “This event has received tremendous support from the municipality, local businesses and non-profit groups who all want to see this happen. We’re thrilled to be part of a community so welcoming of new people, new ideas and so willing to help out.”
For more information and registration, check out lsgf.ca or Facebook at Lost Shores Gran Fondo. Contact: Rob Carter, firstname.lastname@example.org 902-358-2939.