Ride Info

Grey Highlands Gran Fondo starts and finishes in the town of Markdale. Routes meander through beautiful Grey Highlands passing through Walter’s Falls, Bognor, Meaford, Thornbury, and the picturesque Beaver Valley.

Our 26k route is family friendly, while the 77k and 135k routes will challenge intermediate and experienced riders. Conquer Scotch Mountain on the 77k. Climb out of the Beaver Valley to Epping on the 135k. All routes feature quiet rural roads, rolling terrain and spectacular views at every turn! Grey Highlands is truly a cyclist’s paradise!

This event is sanctioned by Ontario Cycling, and is limited to 500 riders, so register early! Enjoy a great day on the bike and help raise funds to equip the new Markdale Hospital.

Come… be part of something great! 

Register Early & Save

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. 

Breve Fondo 26k

Early Bird: $70
Regular: $90

Medio Fondo 77k

Early Bird: $100
Regular: $130

Gran Fondo 135k

Early Bird: $130
Regular: $170

Early Bird Rates are for Registrations thru June 3, 2024.
Regular Rates are for Registrations from
June 4 – September 4, 2024.
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.

 All participants will be required to sign waivers.

Breve Fondo 26k

Our 26k Breve Fondo Route gives riders a wee taste of Grey Highlands cycling! The Breve leaves Markdale via Grey Road 12. After a right turn onto Grey Road 30, the route heads east and continues onto Bowles Bluff Road. The Breve continues south on Grey Road 30 to East Back Line, returning north through beautiful rolling farmland. A left turn onto Grey Road 12 returns riders to the Start/Finish area. An Aid Station is located at the 10k mark.

Start Time: 10:30 am

Pace: 25kph = 75 min with stop. 15kph = 2 hours with stop.
1 Aid Station
0 Timed Segments

 

Medio Fondo 77k

Our 77k Medio Fondo heads east of Markdale via Grey Rd 12, then turns left at Goring continuing west on SR22A.  A right turn on the Euphrasia-Holland Townline brings riders north into Walter’s Falls.  The route continues on SR29 down through Bognor to Grey Rd 18.  Riders head east via the Gerald Shortt Parkway and SR10 to Grey Road 12.  Turning right, riders climb Scotch Mountain.  Arriving at Temple Hill, riders turn left onto Grey Road 32, then right onto the 7th Line at Rocklyn.  The route heads south on 7th line to Grey Rd 30 where you will travel west to Grey Rd 12 then back to Markdale and the Start/Finish area.  Aid Stations are located at the Walter’s Falls Community Centre: 25k and near Temple Hill: 50k.

Start Time: 9:00 am

Pace: 25kph = 3 hours with stops.
2 Aid Stations
1 Timed Segment (Strava: Grey Rd 12 Climb: 1.2km & 90m elevation)

Gran Fondo 135k

Our 135k Gran Fondo shares the route with the Medio Fondo through Walter’s Falls and Bognor, heading east to Grey Rd 12. The route turns south and east towards Meaford on Grey Rd 12 – turning right onto the 7th Line. The Gran then heads south and east to Thornbury via the 7th Line and SR4.  In Thornbury, the route turns right onto Napier St. and right again onto Grey Rd. 13.  It continues on Grey Rd. 13 through Clarksburg, and then into the Beaver Valley.  The route then turns north onto Grey Rd 7, climbing out of the valley to Epping. The Gran turns west on SR22b to Rocklyn, then south at Rocklyn on the 7th Line. Here it finishes via the 27k Breve route. Aid Stations are located at Walter’s Falls Community Centre: 25k, Riverside Centre: 50k, Heathcote Park: 75k, John Muir Lookout: 100k, and Vandeleur Park: 119k.

Start Time: 8:00 am

Pace: 25kph = 6 hours with stops.
5 Aid Stations
1 Timed Segment (Strava: Epping Main Climb: 4.12km & 166m elevation)

KOM/QOM Challenge!

Be crowned Grey Highlands Gran Fondo King or Queen of the Mountain for a whole year! Paid and free Strava subscribers riding our Medio or Gran Fondo routes will receive a segment time on Strava’s Grey Road 12 Climb or Epping Main Climb segments if ride data is uploaded. Segment times for the day will be reviewed at 2:00 pm on the day of the Gran Fondo. Prizes will be awarded for the fastest male (KOM) and fastest female (QOM) for each segment.  In the unlikely event of a tie, KOM/QOM will be awarded to the older participant. Winners will be posted to the website following the Gran Fondo.

Prize: 77k KOM
Prize: 135k KOM

Prize: 77k QOM
Prize: 135k QOM

Note: Your Strava profile name should contain your first and last names so that we can easily identify you from among Gran Fondo registered participants.

How do you compare to the All Time records?

Grey Road 12 Climb
https://www.strava.com/segments/765524
KOM: Andrew Bradbury 3:20 set on July 16, 2020
QOM Kayla Mckee 4:16 set on Jul 25, 2020.

Epping Main Climb – 135k
https://www.strava.com/segments/4717929
KOM: Ryan Rudderham 7:32 set on Jun 24, 2021
QOM Jodi Wendland 9:04 set on Jun 17, 2017

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