GUYSBOROUGH – It’s here. Hundreds of cyclists from near and far are about to descend upon Guysborough for Saturday’s second annual Lost Shores Gran Fondo.
The big beer tent is up and signs are appearing all around the municipality. Weather is the wild card but the forecast is encouraging for the almost 400 riders, up 30 per cent from the inaugural event in 2016.
Most cyclists will ride the 90 and 120 km routes. This year organizers have focused on improving the safety and quality of the event with a new map, much more comprehensive website content, abundant bold bright signage and high visibility jerseys. They also added childcare and yoga to broaden the appeal of the event.
Popular features with cyclists such as great weather, great scenery, cold post-ride craft beer, BBQ ribs and live music will all remain the same. This is the last year for the beer tent as the new Chedabucto Lifestyles Centre will provide full catering facilities for next year’s fondo.
Residents on the five routes received a summary and schedule in the mail last week. Organizers encourage residents to once again make some noise as riders pass through their communities. Cowbells, music and horns all do the job of providing encouragement.
The warmth and hospitality of Guysborough residents clearly distinguishes this event from other rides. The Gran Fondo is a partnership between Lost Shores and the Municipality of the District of Guysborough.