put some excitement back into your life
Welcome to GAR 2022! The second Great Annapolis Ride cycling event will take place on July 23-24, 2022. This 2-day ride is a fully supported social ride through Nova Scotia's iconic Annapolis Valley. Starting at Grand-Pre National Historic Site in the heart of the UNESCO recognized Landscape of Grand-Pre, the ride winds its way past wineries, orchards, farms and idyllic pastoral scenery that this region is famous for before camping overnight with the Bay of Fundy and Cape Split as your backdrop. The next day you'll cycle by breathtaking coastal vistas before finishing in the picturesque Town of Wolfville.
On Day 1, you have the option of 95km (Grande) or 75km (Classic) rides. Whether you're a fit or soon-to-be fit cyclist, there is a ride for you. Supported by Bicycle Nova Scotia, the Great Annapolis Ride is the best ride you’ll do this year!
It’s like going on a holiday with a group of your best friends.
giving back to communities
At Kohkos Events, we believe in active living and giving back to communities. As part of our commitment to this, this year we will be donating a portion of proceeds of GAR 2022 to Bicycle Nova Scotia (BNS).
BNS is supporting and building a provincial cycling culture through increasing access to and participation in safe cycling. They are currently working with the province to build the Blue Route, a continuous network of cycling infrastructure, with a focus on connecting communities through the Blue Route Hubs project. This work is creating more transportation options and contributes to a more equitable, healthy, and sustainable future for communities in Nova Scotia.
Lunch and dinner on day 1 and breakfast on day 2
Light snacks and water at rest stops
Waterfront camping with amenities
On-site licensed restaurant
On-route support and ride guide
Friendly & experienced ride leaders
Check in opens at 8:00am at Grand-Pre National Historic Site. Make sure you allow plenty of time to check in, collect your pre-ordered GAR 2022 jersey, load your luggage and prep your bike. Bank Bikes will be at the start for any last minute technical issues you may have.
We begin rolling out in small groups from 9:00am.
While parking is available at Grand-Pre National Historic Site, we encourage riders to get dropped off at the start and picked up at the finish. If you park overnight at Grand-Pre National Historic Site, it's only a short pedal from the finish in Wolfville back to the carpark. Your luggage is hassle free too as we will make sure it gets back to Grand-Pre for you.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
We will be riding on country roads and a well maintained bike trail. All roads are paved and comfortable to ride on but there are some rough patches. There is also an option on Day 2 which includes a section of dirt road.
You will receive an electronic ride guide closer to the date.
It is a fully-supported ride with experienced riders providing help and encouragement along the way. We will also have signage at key intersections and a SAG vehicle to ensure you get to the campsite.
Bike mechanics will be available in case you have an unfortunate mechanical breakdown or need a tune up at the campsite.
There will be rest stops at key points along the way where you can top up your water and refuel.
WHAT TO BRING:
We allow each rider to bring 15kg of luggage on the ride so working out what to bring can be the hardest part of preparing for the ride.
Here are some of the essentials we recommend:
sleeping pad & sleeping bag
change of clothes
torch or headlamp
GAR 2022 JERSEY
limited time only**
DON'T FORGET TO PRE-ORDER YOUR LIMITED GAR 2022 JERSEY WHEN YOU REGISTER!
COOL-FRESH LIGHT AND BREATHABLE FABRIC
FULL LENGTH INVISIBLE ZIPPER
SILICONE GRIP AT HEM
THREE REAR POCKETS
All jerseys are final sale (No exchange or return) so please pay very close attention to sizing.
**Pre-order by May 20
The Great Annapolis Ride includes overnight camping in Scots Bay. Once you arrive and collect your luggage, you can set up your tent, enjoy a shower, relax and soak in the expansive views of the Bay of Fundy before dining at the Long Table Social Club. If you do need something else, our on-site crew will be happy to help.
Don't worry about your luggage, we will transport it all from the start at Grand-Pre to Scots Bay and then take it through to the ride finish in Wolfville the next day.
Don't have a tent or just can't bear the thought of setting up your own tent after a long day riding. We have a limited number of fully set up glamping tents from East Coast Glamping available. Each tent sleeps up to four people and includes air mattresses, flooring as well as lighting. Just bring a blanket or sleeping bag, and everything else will be set up for when you arrive.
Camping Plus ($120 plus HST)
* The price is based on double occupancy. A $12.50 per person surcharge would apply for additional guests.
To book glamping tents, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Farmhouse Inn B&B
We get it, camping is not for everyone so we've reserved 4 rooms with private ensuites at The Farmhouse Inn B&B in nearby Canning. Riders who wish to stay at The Farmhouse Inn would need to make their own reservation before May 20. A short 15-min shuttle service will be available to transfer you to and from the campsite for a small additional fee.
To secure a room please contact The Farmhouse Inn directly by calling 902 582 7900 or 1 800 928 4346. Alternatively you could email email@example.com.
To see the available rooms click the links below.
Apple Blossom Room ($149 plus HST)
Acadia Suite ($159 plus HST)
Minas Basin Suite ($159 plus HST)
Fundy Suite ($159 plus HST)
*All rooms are based on double occupancy. A $20 per person surcharge would apply for additional guests.
**These rooms cannot be booked online and can only be reserved by contacting The Farmhouse Inn B&B directly.
DAY 1 (Grand-Pre to Scots Bay)
Departing from Grand-Pre National Historic Site, we kick off the day with a winding climb into the foothills of South Mountain. While there are a few good climbs to keep you honest the majestic views of both the Gaspereau Valley and Minas Basin make it all worthwhile. From South Mountain we cruise down into the heart of the valley before a leisurely spin through stretches of farms and fields.
After refueling at the lunch stop, it’s time to tackle the big climb up North Mountain, starting with a short but steep burn that will test your legs. When the worst is over, we can continue the challenge all the way over North Mountain and down to the picturesque fishing village of Halls Harbour before conquering the climb back up the other side.
Not up to another climb, take the short route and spare the legs by heading straight to the ridge of the mountain with panoramic views of the Valley and Bay of Fundy for miles. We’re almost there as we ride past the world famous Lookoff before a long, fun downhill into Scotts Bay where you can relax, enjoy a well-earned meal and the evening festivities as you watch the sunset over the bay.
DAY 2 (Scots Bay to Wolfville)
An easy ride of 42km, begin the day with a light breakfast before the challenge of riding back up North Mountain. We encourage everyone to take the dirt road option down Stewart Mountain Road and along the stunning Blomidon shoreline, which is, in our opinion one of the most beautiful stretches of road in Nova Scotia.
Not comfortable on the dirt? Then the paved roads past The Lookoff offer the best views of Minas Basin before joining the other group at the bottom of North Mountain. We then pedal through the coastal farmlands between Canning and Port Williams before heading along the Harvest Trail to our finish on the waterfront in Wolfville, a stunning town in the heart of Nova Scotia’s wine country.
The day doesn’t have to finish with the ride. Wolfville is a hip vibrant town boasting several charming restaurants and cafes. There’s plenty to see and do before heading home.
*All routes are subject to change to ensure a safe and successful cycling event.
To book your place, make sure you register early!
This will be an incredible experience for riders of all levels. At just shy of 100 km, day one can be challenging for some so it’s great to get some training in your legs before you ride. Try and get out for regular rides in the lead up to the event. Why not speak to your local ride shop to find out about weekly local rides.
Remember, training rides help prepare your bodies and minds for the ride.
PRE-REGISTRATION IS ESSENTIAL
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