2013-09-14 Gran Fondo Comes to Niagara Falls (Family Fundo is FREE)

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Gran fondos are mass participation cycling events that have enjoyed incredible popularity in Europe for decades and are gaining momentum in North America.

Loosely translated from Italian, gran fondo means “big ride”. These rides are often a hundred kilometres or more and designed for a large number of cyclists at a variety of skill levels – everyone from the competitive cyclist to the amateur enjoy these events. The rides are judged by the challenges they offer: steep climbs, long distances and a combination of the two. While these are not races, top finishers are often recognized.


Imagine for one day, the best possible cycling roads  are yours to enjoy. Before you is an epic route with challenging climbs and thrilling descents. All you have to do is concentrate on the beauty around you. You’re feeling fit and you’re lined up for a huge ride with thousands of your fellow cyclists. It’s not a race, so there’s no pressure. You can ride whatever pace you want. You can even stop for a sandwich along the way – they’re provided. And no matter what pace you choose, you’re not likely going to be riding alone. There will be a fast bunch at the front if you want to keep up with them and you can count on local spectators cheering along the way. The scenery is better than you would see in a magazine. The ride ends with a massage and a party, and everyone’s invited.

This is the GranFondo Canada experience.

GranFondo Canada introduced the first world-class gran fondo to Canada in 2010 with the RBC GranFondo Whistler. We are now introducing this “Big Ride” experience to world renowned locations across the country. Count on GranFondo Canada to be in the best locations providing the best cycling experience.


Following the success of the RBC GranFondo Whistler in 2010, Kevin Thomson, co-founder of GranFondo Canada, began to imagine bringing the gran fondo experience to other gorgeous destinations in Canada. After three years of work, and finding tremendous support from the Niagara Region, that dream is becoming a reality in the heart of Niagara Falls.

The inaugural GranFondo Niagara Falls offers thousands of passionate cyclists the opportunity to ride the world-renowned Niagara Parkway in a cycling express lane on closed roads from the downtown corridor, through Niagara-On-The-Lake, its acclaimed wine country, and the idyllic countryside of the Niagara Region and Niagara Escarpment including the winding rollers around the Short Hills Provincial Park. This is a precedent-setting event that starts and finishes right at the Falls and you will wonder why this setting has never been the stage for an event like this before. One wonder after another, indeed.

We recommend you take a moment to give thanks to the good folks at Niagara Parks Commission for embracing cycling and being the host venue.

Whether it’s right in your own backyard or you’re visiting Niagara Falls for the first time, the breathtaking scenery of this spectacular route will leave its mark. One day each year, you are allowed to experience the incredible Niagara Region in the best way possible – on bike, surrounded by open space and other bikes. No wonder you’re here.

(125 km)


For riders who want to challenge themselves at their own pace, the GranFondo category is a 125 km self-paced ride for recreational to advanced riders.
Alta Classe
(125 km)


This is the VIP package that allows you to enjoy the GranFondo in a special way that comes with distinct perks and benefits. No line ups, no hassles, no fuss, but all the fun. Package includes registration plus all of the following benefits:

  • Welcome GranFesta express service
  • Exclusive staging area at the start line
  • Alta Classe lounge at the finish line
  • GranFondo Niagara Falls Official Jersey
  • An art piece commissioned for GranFondo Niagara Falls
  • Exclusive gifts and offers from our premium sponsors


The FamilyFundo is a FREE family event at the GranFondo Niagara Falls Welcome GranFesta. Future GranFondo riders (children 9 and under) take part in a fun, children’s bike ride. Bring your bike and a helmet to participate! All participants will receive a special recognition item at the finish.

*All prices are subject to taxes and processing fees.