Bluewater International Granfondo (B.I.G.) voted #1 Granfondo in Ontario and #2 in Canada by Granfondo Guide welcomes cyclists to Lambton County. B.I.G. will start and finish along the shores of Lake Huron in Sarnia’s beautiful Mike Weir Park. B.I.G. is part personal challenge and part serious competition with riders having four routes to choose from: 30KM – 50KM – 100KM – 150KM. The event will not be timed from start to finish as in traditional racing formats but instead will have timed sections.
Each route will have its own start time specifically designed to avoid mass start anxiety and allow riders of all routes to be able to finish within a reasonable time of each other.
This structure allows for the focus to be about enjoyment while allowing your competitive juices to flow during the timed sections. It also allows for regrouping with friends in between the timed sections or riding your own comfortable pace.
At the finish relax to live music while enjoying a well-deserved hot meal, beer and non-alcoholic beverages followed by an optional refreshing swim in Lake Huron. Whether you are looking to experience the enjoyment of riding on quiet country roads or through thriving fruit orchards or challenge yourself on the rolling hills of Arkona you will find it in one of Canada’s best Granfondos
Since inception 5 years ago Bluewater International Granfondo has raised over $240,000 to support Palliative Care Education for front line workers at Bluewater Health Palliative Care, St. Joseph’s Hospice as well as nurses and support workers within the community of Sarnia Lambton. In 2016 B.I.G. funded 6 Palliative Care nurses and 2 students to attend the 4 day International Congress on Palliative Care in Montreal which is considered the preeminent Palliative Care conference in the world. In 2017 B.I.G. funded the 1st Palliative Care Retreat in Grand Bend with 105 attendees comprised of physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers and pharmacists. Speakers included Dr. Jose Pereira from Toronto one of the Canadian pioneers in Palliative Care. In 2018 B.I.G. funded 14 Palliative Care nurses and students to attend the 4 day International Congress on Palliative Care in Montreal which is considered the preeminent Palliative Care conference in the world. In September 2019 B.I.G. funded the 2nd Palliative Care retreat in Grand Bend which had the most attendees to date and was an overwhelming success and included world renowned speakers such as Dr Eduardo Bruera.
The 2021 Retreat was renamed Bluewater Palliative Care Retreat and held virtually with over 400 people attending. .