Rules



The Bluewater International Granfondo is intended to provide every cyclist with their best event experience.

In order to do this, the following Event Rules & Regulations are in place to ensure the smooth running of the event. This list is not all-inclusive and the organizer’s reserve the right to amend these Rules.

  1. Safety-approved cycle helmets (Snell or equivalent national standard) are compulsory and must be worn at all times when cycling. Any cyclist not wearing a helmet while participating in the event will be asked to leave the course.
  2. You must stay to the right-hand side of the lane at all times unless passing.
  3. You must never cross the center line, If you do you will be disqualified and asked to leave the course.
  4. You may not use your mobile phone while cycling. You must stop at the roadside if you need to make or receive a call.
  5. You must have a device to carry water with you while riding.
  6. Participants must display all rider numbers provided at Registration at all times.
  7. It is the rider’s responsibility to enter and exit the timed sections while they are open. Each timed sections will be sequentially closed based on an average minimum progression speed 20 kph for THE BLUEWATER and THE LAMBTON and 15kph for THE SARNIA (note: this is not average ride speed, this is average progression speed and includes all stop time).
  8. Bikes are required to be in EXCELLENT working order – road bikes are preferable, but mountain and hybrid touring bikes are acceptable. Please note that fixed wheel bikes and recumbent bicycles are not permitted. We DO NOT recommend aero bars. Using them on the flatter stretches in the pack is touchy at best and dangerous at worst.
  9. Bikes with children in child seats, tag-along bikes or trailers are NOT permitted.
  10. The organizers reserve the right to withdraw a participant from the event if their bike is considered, in the organizer’s opinion, to represent a danger to the cyclist or other participants.
  11. You may NOT ride under someone else’s rider number under any circumstance. Doing so will result in disqualification.
  12. Be aware of other participants around you and allow faster riders to pass you on the left.
  13. You must not deviate from the official event route which will have directional signage throughout. Failure to comply may result in disqualification.
  14. You must follow the instructions provided by Event Officials, Marshals and Event Organizer at all times. Failure to do so will result in disqualification.
  15. For safety reasons, please do not leave the course without informing an Event Official.
  16. You must adhere to the Ontario Ministry of Transportation Cyclist’s Rules of the Road for the duration of the event.
  17. Toilets are available at all Fuel Stations enroute and at Mike Weir Park. Please use these facilities and respect the local area and residents.
  18. Littering is both against the law and unacceptable behavior, especially in this beautiful area. Participant are not to dispose of litter other than in the garbage bins provided at feed stations and at Mike Weir Park.
  19. Lowest combined time wins.


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