The name GranFondo translates into Big Foundation as in what’s needed to build a business and what laid the base which shaped the Alp’s & Dolomites & Pyrenees over many years.
A GranFondo challenges riders beyond their comfort zone with a variety of route options as well as short punchy ramps and steady ascents of 8% to 12% to 20% – extending to more than 15,000′ in a day’s effort.
A GranFondo presents a “Big-Ride” experience w/start lines ranging from 400 riders to as many as 10,000+ riders at iconic events.
A GranFondo is not a race yet offers 4 Timed Segments [both flat & ascending] to challenge your will to compete, and make it your personal – well supported ride experience.
The concept of GranFondo originated with XC skiing & running within Italy & France, with the concept later expanding into cycling.
A GranFondo typically demands 100+ miles, yet provides Corto/Medio/Piccolo or Supr distances for the masses to experience with a Euro inspired look and feel plus Festas before, during and after the ride.
The Italians are ‘tifosi’ over the Maratona while the French “rendre folle” to ride L’Etape & LaMarmotte. They are also called “cyclo-sportives”, mostly staged over famous routes across mountain passes inspiring many events across Canada and the US to complement those in Europe.
We in Ottawa caught the craze in 2012 and now offer our Seventh Edition, grazie Italia, with the common link being an individual rider or group searching for a challenge beyond a long days’ ride….
With the look & feel of a tour event offering arches and banners and a hyped up start, Feed-Stations, peloton’s, break-away riders and ending with Festa’s & Expo’s, enjoying food & drink debating who did what on which bike along the route they just conquered.
We welcome you to joins us as we continue to evolve and build the many aspects of GranFondoOttawa!
The cure that ales any ride is the escape with variety- so choose your challenge! Events offer CortoFondo, MedioFondo, PiccoloFondo, GranFondo, or SuperFondo – you choose!
Ride easy and enjoy the beautiful vistas & stay fueled at our fully stocked Feed Stations or ride hard at race pace and tackle the Ride with GPS – QOM/KOM Challenge! Bring a friend, team/group or come alone and make new ride friends as more than 6,000 have done since our 2012 beginnings. Make it a goal & push yourself to reap the rewards of good health and good times. Feed beyond the norm…. this is the goal/event you’ve been looking for to stoke the internal fire to spin, or ride a trainer ahead of the Big-Ride.
GranFondoOttawa offers a hassle free alternative to flocking afar while satisfying the urge to experience a Fondo. Experience the beautiful rural areas West of Ottawa through many historic townships along beautiful quiet rolling roads, with River views, enjoying a well-supported annual cycling Festa. We will help you train with a plan, nutritional tips + host weekday and weekend rides up to the day of the Fondo. After the Event day, we offer a Recovery Ride as we look ahead to seeing you again at the next year’s event.
Stomp the pedals, feel the power, think big-ride, GranFondo!
Why ReggioCapitale- Canada’s Capital Region!
Our routes quickly & safely escape the City limits West, beyond Kanata with Ottawa Police Service and Ride Ambassador + Route Marshal escorts until we reach quiet country roads riding through the rural crop producing areas alongside river banks & vistas [some] having evolved into suburbs, [some] resisting change, offering welcome stretches under the shade of aged Oak & Maple trees.
The CortoFondo route passes through Silicon Valley North alongside The Marshes golf course and around preserved Federal lands as we head towards the Ottawa River through a blend of horse farms and the estates of Dunrobin and then heads across the wetlands up to the Carp Highlands and North to Kinburn before heading back along the picturesque Logger’s Way before circling back and heading up along more luch farmlands up to the rocky outcrops of Carp before heading back into North Kanata and making our way back to the start/finish area at the Richcraft Recreation Complex. There are a few gentle climbs and 1 short/steep ramp with a few mild descents which include 3 of the QOM/KOM Challenges to mix things up which helps keep the ride interesting.
The Medio/Piccolo/Gran/Supr routes ride North-West after splitting from the CortoFondo at the Kinburn CC and Feed Station – riding along a great stretch of silky smooth tarmac past Kinburn into Galatta and past the dam before crossing Hwy 17 and into the Mississippi Mills area and Pakenham for an “optional” hill climb challenge before the Blakeney Rapids and a stop at our Feed Station. From there the MF riders head up into Panmure for a series of rolling ascents working your way back into Kinburn and then Carp to another of our Feed Station – where it rejoins the CortoFondo route back- before heading up the QOM/KOM section after Carp Rd along the sneaky long ramp of Thomas Dolan Parkway before the last 10K stretch back to the finish.
The PiccoloFondo/GranFondo & SuprFondo routes continue from Kinburn and head North to Galatta and then West towards the outskirts of Arnprior – crossing #17 just North of Pakenham with a remote Cavanaugh Pit/Quarry stop before heading further North and West across the Madawaska River into White Lake cottage country, following the punchy rollers along the third QOM/KOM section with sweeping pitched roads. Along White Lake Rd, the PiccoloFondo turns left at Highland Rd #23 and heads back into Pakenham for a stop at rip up the Pakenham Ski Hill before crossing the Mississippi River at the Blakeney Rapids at our Feed Station. From that point its slightly up/up towards Panmure and the relentless rollers which lead you back into Carp, not before another Feed Station at Dwyer Hill Rd and then meeting up with the Mdeio Fondo and then the Corto Fondo just before the Carp Feed Station which precedes the 4th of the QOM/KOM sections – up the sneaky long ramp of Thomas Dolan Parkway.
The GranFondo & SuprFondo routes turn right on White Lake Rd at Kippen Rd which dips down as it cross the Madawaska River again at the Stewartville dam – with a steep but short climb from the river up and then along Calabogie Rd into beautiful Burnstown for a well-deserved Feed Station refuel stop at the Neat Coffee Shop.
At Calabogie Rd and Burnstown Rd the GranFondo splits to the South/East and crosses the Madawaska River again and goes up the hill into White Lake Village before heading South East to Waba along more rollers and long stretches into historic Pakenham and hits the Pakenham Ski Hill climb before the Feed Station at Blakeney Rapids then up and into Panmure in Mississippi Mills along a beautiful stretch of crop lined roads where the GranFondo rejoins the MedioFondo/CortoFondo for the final QOM/KOM section into Carp, [after yet another Feed Station] up the ramp of Thomas Dolan Parkway before heading back to the finish at the Richcraft Rec Complex.
After the Feed Station in Burnstown, the SuprFondo shows it teeth as it heads further West along Calabogie Rd from Burnstown when it splits from the GranFondo route as you ride up and into Calabogie before riding up, yes UP & UP & UP into Renfrew County where you’ll find a great scenic stretch of challenging elevation into Ferguslea before completing the loop taking you back down to Burnstown where you can fuel again at our FeedStation at the Neat Coffee Shop before you join the GranFondo route back to the FondoFesta– still a good ride challenge ahead but knowing there are a few Feed Stations left and that a cold Muscle Milk protein shake before the craft Clock Tower brew and Vittoria Trattoria pasta salad + Italian sausage awaits.