The Fifth Annual Bluewater International Granfondo welcomes cyclists to Lambton County and will start and finish along the shores of Lake Huron in Sarnia’s beautiful Mike Weir Park. Bluewater International Granfondo is part personal challenge and part serious competition with riders having four routes to choose from. The event will not be timed from start to finish as in traditional racing formats but instead will have timed sections.
Each route will have its own start time specifically designed to avoid mass start anxiety and allow riders of all routes to be able to finish within a reasonable time of each other.
This structure allows for the focus to be about enjoyment while allowing your competitive juices to flow during the timed sections. It also allows for regrouping with friends in between the timed sections or riding your own comfortable pace.
At the finish relax to live music while enjoying a well-deserved hot meal, beer and non-alcoholic beverages followed by an optional refreshing swim in Lake Huron. Whether you are looking to experience the enjoyment of riding on quiet country roads or through thriving fruit orchards or challenge yourself on the rolling hills of Arkona you will find it all in this first exciting new Granfondo.
Bluewater International Granfondo continues supporting two charities, St. Joseph’s Hospice and Bluewater Health’s Palliative Care. Since inception 3 years ago $140,000 has been raised with the emphasis being on further education of staff in the field of Palliative Care. Funding mandates include sponsoring the first Lambton Palliative Care Retreat, a 2-day conference in Lambton County, where 120 doctors, nurses, and volunteers heard from a number of world-renowned speakers in the field of Palliative Care. In addition, B.I.G. sponsored 14 Palliative Care nurses and students to attend the International Congress in Palliative Care in Montreal which is considered the preeminent Palliative Care meeting in the world. In September 2019 B.I.G. will fund the second Lambton Palliative Care Retreat where it is anticipated 200 doctors, nurses, social workers, and volunteers will hear from some of the biggest names in the Palliative Medicine world.