Little Brook, NS – March 6, 2020: Organizers of the renowned Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie cycling experience are hosting their inaugural Terra Fondo gravel ride along the Rails-to-Trails system and other shared use trails in the Acadian region of Clare, Nova Scotia, on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

“Terra Fondo will appeal to the growing mountain biking market while creating a new event to attract visitors to the region during the spring season,” explains Larry Peach, Tourism Manager for the Municipality of Clare.

Participants can choose between two off-road routes. The 19 km option winds through beautiful mixed forests with river views, while the 68 km route includes several lake vistas, historic sites, a farmers’ market and a stretch along the coast.

After the ride, cyclists will enjoy BBQ chicken or vegetarian pizza and local music at Le Richelieu, a charmingly rustic lodge in Meteghan River. A branded T-shirt is included with registration (deadline April 30). Organizers encourage early registration as this event has a 200-participant cap.

It’s no coincidence that Terra Fondo is taking place during Nova Scotia Bike Week, which runs from May 31 to June 7, 2020. Réanne Titus, Recreation Services Manager for the Municipality of Clare, indicates, “Terra Fondo is a great way to promote active living and sustainable physical activity. Think of it as a jumpstart to the summer cycling season.”

Terra Fondo is a community partnership between Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie, Association Sentier Clare Rail to Trail Association and Sou’West Nova ATV Association. Part of the event’s mission is to highlight the 45-km network of shared use trails within the Municipality of Clare.

For more information or to register, visit: raceroster.com/events/2020/28655/terra-fondo


Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie has attracted cyclists from down the street and around the world since 2015. Its annual September event is renowned for its unrivalled community spirit, breath-taking ocean views and celebratory lobster dinners. It hosted 992 cyclists in 2019, making it the largest cycling experience in Atlantic Canada. Even more are expected for its sixth edition on September 20, 2020. Participants can choose from five ride options, ranging in length from 35 km to 161 km. The Mini Fondo will be returning for children ages five to 12 on the Saturday of Gran Fondo weekend.

Watch the new promo video for 2020: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NJ2DHMVlzI&fbclid
For more information or to register, visit: https://www.granfondobaiesaintemarie.ca/en/

Media contacts
Larry Peach
Tourism Manager, Municipality of Clare
902-769-8555 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Louanne Doucet
Owner, Vélo Baie Sainte-Marie bike shop
902-778-2133 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Saturday, June 6, 2020

8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Check-in and Registration
Le Richelieu (507 Placide Comeau Rd., Meteghan River)

10:00 a.m. 68 km Terra Fondo ride starts

1:00 p.m. 19 km Terra Fondo starts

3:00 p.m. to 6:00 pm Post-ride meal with live music and prizes
Le Richelieu (507 Placide Comeau Rd., Meteghan River)

5:00 p.m. Route support ends