Pedalling through prairie dreams

On August 11th, 2024, the expansive landscapes of Strathcona County will set the stage for an exhilarating cycling adventure—the Great Canadian Gran Fondo (formerly L’Etape Canada). As the largest Fondo in the Prairies, this event promises not only a test of endurance but also a celebration of the region’s stunning natural beauty and vibrant community spirit.

Cyclists from across the globe will converge on this picturesque part of Alberta, ready to embark on one of three challenging routes: 135km, 95km, and 50km. Each route offers a unique experience, tailored to different levels of expertise and endurance, ensuring that every participant finds their perfect ride.

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The 135km route, a true test of stamina and determination, winds through a diverse terrain of rolling hills and serene countryside. Starting from the heart of Sherwood Park, riders will navigate through lush farmlands, dense woodlands, and quaint rural communities. The course, designed to push even the most seasoned cyclists to their limits, offers breathtaking rural roads that make the effort worthwhile. Along the way, strategically placed rest stops sponsored by Mattamy homes will provide much-needed respite, allowing riders to refuel with local delicacies and refresh before continuing their journey.

For those seeking a slightly less grueling challenge, the 95km route offers a balanced mix of endurance and enjoyment. This course is perfect for cyclists who are looking to push themselves without committing to the full 135km. Riders will experience the same picturesque landscapes and welcoming communities, with a slightly shorter distance that still ensures a fulfilling day of cycling.

The 50km route, while the shortest, is by no means the least rewarding. Designed for novice cyclists, families, or those simply looking to enjoy a leisurely ride, this course meanders through some of the most scenic parts of Strathcona County. Participants will have ample opportunity to soak in the beauty of the region, making frequent stops to capture memories and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow cyclists.

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The Great Canadian Gran Fondo is more than just a race; it’s a community event that brings together cyclists of all ages and backgrounds. The atmosphere is electric, with local residents coming out in droves to cheer on participants. The sense of community is palpable as volunteers man the rest stops, local businesses provide support, and families line the routes, offering encouragement and refreshments.

One of the highlights of the day will be the finish line festival, held at JH Picard High School. Here, cyclists and spectators alike can enjoy music, food provide by The Italian Centre Shop, and a marketplace showcasing the best of Strathcona County’s artisans and vendors. The festival provides a perfect opportunity for participants to unwind, share stories of their ride, and celebrate their achievements.

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As August 11th approaches, excitement builds for what promises to be an unforgettable day of cycling and celebration. Whether tackling the formidable 135km route, the balanced 95km, or the leisurely 50km, participants in the Great Canadian Gran Fondo will create lasting memories against the backdrop of Strathcona County’s stunning landscapes. This event, the largest of its kind in the Prairies, is a testament to the power of community, the joy of cycling, and the beauty of the Canadian heartland.

Join us for the Great Canadian Gran Fondo and become part of a tradition that celebrates the spirit of adventure, the thrill of the ride, and the warmth of community. See you at the starting line!

Experience The Great Canadian Gran Fondo

The Great Canadian Gran Fondo

Sherwood Park – Strathcona County, Alberta
August 11, 2024

Distances:       135km, 95km and 50km
Date:              August 11, 2024
Athletes:          900+