I recieved this information from Pat Siemens of Body Driven Sports http://bodydriven.ca/, yup that one, the great little bike/ski shop in Steinbach.
The thought of a Grand Fondo being contemplated for our end of the province provides and opppourtunity for us to ride locally. But then again we do that already. What ever here is the info for you to noodle as you pound away on your trainer.
A committee is in the planning stages to have a Gran Fondo for Mental Health Manitoba this area.
The Kelty Patrick Dennehy Foundation, whose mission is ‘Preventing depression
related suicide in young people’ are coordinating the effort in conjunction
with The Manitoba Moods Disorder Association, with all proceeds going to
Manitoba Mental Health.
A Gran Fondo is a big ride in Italian and has started to sweep the country since
the first one was staged in BC, from Vancouver to Whistler last year. In the
first year it was sold out with 3000 riders and this year is sold out again
with 7,000 riders.
Google, Gran Fondo Whistler, to see more detail and info.
In Manitoba, they are hoping to attract in the range of 500-1,500 riders. Although
the Whistler event attracts pro racers from all over, with case prizes and so
on, the goal here is just to get as many riders as possible, that can handle
the approx. 100km ride. In some Gran Fondo’s there is a half race or Medio,
where riders can join in.
The event needs a lot of planning, including permission from all the RM’s. There
will be ‘pit stops’ along the route, providing; porto potties, first aid
stations, tire repair, energy snacks and water stations. The committee is
presently working with the RCMP and MOT to provide road control along the
route, as the ride takes up a whole lane.
Tentatively, the course is set to start at Deacons Corner, through Lorette, Landmark, to
Blumenort, cut over HWY 12 to Giroux, through La Broquerie, through Marchand to
The vision is to have a grand finale in Woodridge, with a stage and speech or two,
overlooking a venue that would include a beer garden, BBQ’d hamburgers and hot
dogs for sale, maybe tee- shirt sales and possibly a band or two. If the Gran
Fondo began at 8:30 AM, riders would be finishing in Woodridge from 11:30am – 4
They are not asking for money, but any help or donation in terms of volunteers to
‘man’ pit stops, amenities, porto potti supply, hydration,and fruit stations.
Also looking for people to get involved by entering the ride, raise money for
the cause through sponsorships or engage the corporate community to come
forward with donations to the cause. All donations would be tax deductable as
both foundations are nonprofit agencies.
Kerry Dennehy, Chair, Gran Fondo for Mental Health