FAQ / SAFETY

Below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions and, to ensure the safety of everyone, the list of rules.
If you have any questions or concerns not answered below, please contact us at info@greyhighlandsgranfondo.com

Registration

How do I register?

Click HERE to register for Grey Highlands Gran Fondo via RaceRoster.

Once signed in to Race Roster, you will be allowed to register, join a team, donate and complete a profile page that you can use to ask for support from friends & family.

What is the cost of entry?

The cost of registering is below:

Breve Fondo 26k

Early Bird (thru June 3, 2024): $70.00
Regular (June 4 – Sept 6, 2024): $90.00

Medio Fondo 77k

Early Bird (thru June 3, 2024): $100.00
Regular (June 4 – Sept 4, 2024): $130.00

Gran Fondo 135k

Early Bird (thru June 3, 2024): $130.00
Regular (June 4 – Sept 4, 2024): $170.00

In addition to registration fees, all riders are encouraged to fundraise a minimum of $200.00.

Note:  Registration closes at 11:59 pm Wednesday, September 4, 2024. There will be no on-site registration.

Can I switch my entry to a different distance (e.g., Gran Fondo to Medio Fondo)?

Yes, you can:

  • If you change to a longer distance you will be charged the difference in price.
  • If you change to a shorter distance there will be no refund.

All changes must be made online by Wednesday Sept. 4th at 11:59 pm.

When/where can I pick up my registration package?

Registration packages will be available at the Markdale Arena on September 7th from 4:00pm – 6:00pm, and on September 8th at 7:00am.

Can I pick-up a friend’s registration package?

Yes, provided you have their written permission with you (an e-mail will suffice) and their registration is complete and the waivers are signed.

Can I get a refund if I am unable to participate in the event?

There are no refunds or deferrals. You can transfer your registration to another route distance or to another person:

  • If you change to a longer distance you will be charged the difference in price.
  • If you change to a shorter distance there will be no refund.

Riders may transfer their registration to another rider online up until Wednesday September 4th at 11:59 pm.

Can a group register as a team?

Yes, you can register as a team by indicating your team name when you register. Riders can form teams of any number, but team prizes are based on a maximum team size of 15.  The highest fundraising team will receive a great prizes from one of our sponsors.

Can I join a team if I’m already registered?

Yes, you can add your team name to your profile.

What is included with my entry fee?
  • A fantastic ride through Grey Highlands with rest stations along the routes and rider support
  • Official Grey Highlands Gran Fondo Swag, including a custom specialty item
  • An official Grey Highlands Gran Fondo t-shirt for riders who fundraise a minimum of $250 (Note: t-shirts will be guaranteed for registrations up until August 23rd)
  • A post-ride lunch and celebration at the Markdale Arena (until 3:00PM)
  • Full insurance through Ontario Cycling.
  • $20 off your 2023 Ontario Cycling membership.
  • A chance to win great prizes donated from our awesome sponsors to be announced at our post-ride awards ceremony!
  • A complimentary beverage post-ride
  • A great feeling knowing that you are making a difference by contributing to the Markdale Hospital!

Event Weekend & Accomodation Info

What’s the schedule of events on September 8th?

Registration Package Pick-up: 7:00am

Gran Fondo (135 Km): 8:00am

Medio Fondo (77 Km): 9:30am

Breve Route (26 Km): 10:30am

Post-Ride Event Lunch: 12:00pm-3:00pm

Awards: 1:30-3:00pm.

Can you suggest accommodation options?

Danby House

Markdale – To visit their website click here

Two Sisters Inn

Markdale – To visit their website click here

Leelas Villa Inn

Flesherton (newly renovated) – To visit their website click here

Traverston Retreat Bed & Breakfast

10 min drive – Phone 416-525-2049

The Falls Inn

Walter’s Falls – To visit their website click here

Quality Inn

Owen Sound (33 min drive) – Phone 519-376-1551

Comfort Inn

Owen Sound (33 min drive) – Phone 519-371-5500

Travelodge

Owen Sound (33 min drive) – Phone 519-376-9297

Hills

Meaford – To visit their website click here

Rocklyn Inn

Rocklyn – To visit their website click here

What kind of weather should I expect?

The average high temperature during the month of September in Markdale, Ontario is
21°C and the average low temperature is 9°C – perfect cycling weather!

Safety

Your safety is our priority! To ensure that all riders have the best possible experience, we have put in place the following rules:

  1. All riders are required to sign event waivers – riders who have not signed their waivers will not be permitted to pick up their registration kit or ride in the event.
  2. Safety-approved cycle helmets 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.
  3. Riders must stay to the right-hand side of the lane at all times unless passing, and obey the rules of the road.
  4. Riders must never cross the center line of the road.
  5. Riders must have a bottle to carry water with you while riding.
  6. Riders must display their rider plate provided at Registration at all times.
  7. Riders must be aware of others and allow faster riders to pass on the left.
  8. Riders must not deviate from the official event route which will have directional signage throughout.
  9. Riders must not litter – garbage bins will be provided at Rest Stops
  10. Toilets are available at all Rest Stops enroute – please respect the environment and use the toilets provided.

    Helmets and Bicycles

    Safety-approved cycle helmets are compulsory and must be worn at all times when cycling. Any rider not wearing a helmet while participating in the event will be asked to leave the course.

    Bicycles need to be in reliable working order so that they do not pose a danger to riders or others.