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January, 2017
Edition #28
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BNS Updates 

Upcoming AGM

Mark your calendars! 

Where: At the Farmers Market Building in Wolfville
When: Feb 26th from 10-5pm
Details: Ride from 10am-noon; potluck from 12-1:00pm; AGM 1:30-4:00

BNS 2016 Year in Review

The year of 2016 was an incredible one. So many people around our province have been working hard to make Nova Scotia a better place to ride. Thank you for all the work that you do!

It's been a busy year here at Bicycle Nova Scotia. Here are a few of the highlights:


  • Grew our organizational membership in 2016
  • Important progress on insurance for all BNS members and member organizations (stay tuned for more!)
Bikeways, Education and Advocacy
  • BNS was awarded Cycling Canada’s “Torchy Penden” award for overall success in membership, operation, and administration for the sport of cycling
  • Progress on legal mountain bike trail development (Brightwood Golf Course trail development, Long Lake Provincial Park)
  • BNS Awarded ~$800,000.00 from Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency to support Blue Route implementation on rails to trails and to assist in marketing.
  • Supported welcoming wheels MOSH and trip for kids with 150 helmets donated
  • Province signed 56Km to the Blue Route with $175,000 to upgrades on Halifax to Lunenburg
Tourism / Recreation
  • 5 new Cycle Nova Scotia Maps completed
  • Improved delivery of race results
  • Steps towards Canada Cups being held in Nova Scotia (soft approval for 2018)
  • BNS member Lorenzo Caterini becomes first Nova Scotian athlete to win 4 national championships
  • Successful trial with new timing system
  • A full season of competitive races, including a new cyclocross series
  • Launched online reporting tool to track car/cycling incidents around Nova Scotia
  • BNS brought two teams (18 youth) to national competitive events in cyclocross and mountain bike
  • Nova Scotia Provincial team formed, first time since in over 15 years
  • Increased categories for female riders

What's Happening Around Nova Scotia

In case you haven't seen the article, yet...please visit this link. It's about a local teen cyclist who has become a candidate for the 2017 Canada Games!

Upcoming events:

Mark your calendars for some serious fat biking fun this winter:

  • Martock Fat Bike Day on Sunday, January 29th at Ski Martock, 1pm - 5pm. There will be demos and guided rides on the XC trails. Come on out and experience fat biking.
  • The 2nd annual Mahone Bay Fat Bike Festival takes place on Sunday, February 5th. Presented by Sweet Ride Cycling and Specialized Canada, at the Mahone Bay Centre. With the Specialized fat bike demo fleet from Montreal, guided rides on the local single track, on-site skills course, and fun race.  Full catering and indoor warm-up area at the Mahone Bay Centre, 10am - 3pm. Watch for more details at or our Facebook page at

Hold the date:

South Shore Sip, Savour, and Cycle: May 19-20th, 2017 - A cycling tour of local food and drink, from Mahone Bay to Lunenburg, and beyond. Riding on the quiet roads and the Rum Runners Trail and enjoying locally-crafted food and drink. Watch for more details on

Upcoming Events

2017 Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie

The third edition of Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie, Nova Scotia's first Gran Fondo cycling event, will be held on Sunday, September 24. The event has quickly grown to become the largest cycling event in Atlantic Canada, with 831 participants in 2016. Our Gran Fondo will appeal to recreational riders looking for an epic and fun ride, to those that like to tour by bike, and also to the avid racer. The community will roll out the welcome mat, with many residents cheering from the roadside.

Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie is offering four rides in 2017. New for 2017, a 161.5km (100 miles) SUPER GRAN loop will be offered for the hardcore cyclist! Experienced riders will be challenged by our slightly lengthened Gran 120 km or our Medio 67km, while novice cyclists may prefer the shorter 35km Piccolo Fondo. Riders will navigate rolling inland roads and pass by towering wooden churches along the panoramic coastal route that hugs beautiful Baie Sainte-Marie.

New for 2017, both the Gran and Super Gran routes will take a left-hand turn after Mavillette Beach, and cycle through the picturesque fishing village of Cape St Marys. Both the Super Gran and Medio Fondo rides will take participants around the scenic Bas-de-la-Rivière loop with vistas of la Baie Sainte-Marie and Digby Neck. Downloadable maps of each route are on our website, including images and elevation profiles.

The region's famous Acadian hospitality and culture will be highlighted during the social event on Saturday, Sept. 23. There will also be opportunities to sample Acadian fare at nutrition breaks during the rides and savour on fresh lobster afterwards. Visit our website for more information. New promo videos will be released soon. 

Early-bird registration opens on Friday, January 20, 2017!
For more info:

Larry Peach
Marketing Coordinator
Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie



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