Thornbury, Ontario

Saturday June 17, 2023


The Blue Mountains Gravel Fondo is a new event organized by Cycling Events Ontario which is a not-for-profit organization made up of a team of passionate cyclists with the goal of bringing safe, and challenging top notch cycling events to Ontario. The organizing team includes Bruce Bird, multiple UCI Gran Fondo World Champion and organizer of the Blue Mountains Gran Fondo, which was sanctioned as a UCI Gran Fondo World Series Qualifier in both the Road Race and Time Trial disciplines. Following a 2020/2021 hiatus (along with the rest of the world), a new gravel-racing format event in the same region has been born to serve as a qualifying event for the UCI Gravel World Series.  We did not have enough time to get the 2022 event off the ground but are planning to bring this event to all of you in 2023.

The Blue Mountain Gravel Fondo will act as a qualifying event where the top 25% in each age group qualify for the World Championship Gravel Event, with champions of that event being awarded the coveted rainbow jersey.

Set in beautiful Grey County at the southern end of Georgian Bay starting and finishing in the town of Thornbury, Ontario, the area provides the ideal geography for a world class gravel event, with a broad variety of terrain under a variety of road surfaces leveraging the Niagara Escarpment and Beaver Valley for challenging climbs. Ample amenities are provided by the many downhill skiing-associated resorts in the area. Thornbury is  only 130kms North of Toronto’s main airport (Pearson/YYZ), or 1hr 50minutes of driving time. We are excited to see you there!