there is nothing like
the GREAT ANNAPOLIS RIDE!
The inaugural Great Annapolis Ride cycling event will take place on July 31 and Aug 1, 2021 in Nova Scotia. The ride is a fully supported social ride through the Annapolis Valley wine region. Starting in Windsor and camping overnight in the stunning Scots Bay before finishing the next day at Planters Ridge Winery, this is the ride you've been waiting for. Supported by Bicycle Nova Scotia, the Great Annapolis Ride is a fun, friendly and challenging weekend that will stay with you long after the lycra is put away! Whatever your speed, this will be an incredible experience for riders of all levels.
We are proud to announce Wounded Warriors Canada is our charity partner for the inaugural Great Annapolis Ride. During the current pandemic, our First Responders and their families are facing immeasurable stress and real risk to their health during these tough times. Funding is what drives their support programs and provides the help needed for these members and their families.
For every cyclist participating in the Great Annapolis Ride, a portion of the registration fee contributes to funding Wounded Warriors Canada's projects. We also encourage everyone who can spare a few dollars to make a donation directly to Wounded Warriors Canada here.
at a glance
DATES: Saturday July 31 - Sunday August 1
TOTAL DISTANCE: 128.6km
DAY 1 DISTANCE: 92.6km
DAY 2 DISTANCE: 36km
MEALS: Lunch & Dinner (Sat) and Breakfast (Sun)
TYPE OF BIKE: Road or hybrid bike recommended, e-bike welcome
INCLUSIONS: All meals, limited edition Buff neck gaiter, camping spot, on route support, ride guide, campsite amenities, luggage transport, and live entertainment!
COVID SAFE EVENT
At the Great Annapolis Ride, the health and safety of our community including riders, volunteers, staff and other stakeholders, is of the utmost important to us. We have taken a best practices approach to planning, implementing and enforcing health and safety measures that meet or exceed social gathering guidelines and public health directives.
We want to make your riding experience as enjoyable as possible so we ask everyone to familiarize themselves with these guidelines and keep up-to-date with information provided by the Government of Nova Scotia.
FOLLOW THE RULES
PRE-REGISTRATION IS ESSENTIAL
To book your place, make sure you register early!
This will be an incredible experience for riders of all levels. Remember, at just shy of 100 km, day one can be challenging for some. We've partnered with The Spoke & Note to run a number of training rides to prepare your bodies and minds in the lead up to the ride.
Check in opens at 7:30am just outside of Dufferin Place near Tim Hortons in Windsor. Make sure you allow plenty of time to check in, collect your limited edition GAR2021 Buff, load your luggage and prep your bike.
We begin rolling out in small groups from 9:00am
While parking is available in Windsor, we encourage riders to get dropped off at the start and picked up at the finish. Optional return transport to Windsor from Planters Ridge Winery will be available for a small additional fee. To express interest in the return transport option, please email email@example.com.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
You will be riding on country roads and a well maintained bike trail. All roads are paved but there are some rough areas. There is also an option on Day 2 which includes a section of dirt road.
Bike mechanics will be available in case you have an unfortunate mechanical breakdown.
*The Great Annapolis Ride will adhere to the latest health and safety guidelines for gatherings.
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.
There will be rest stops at key points along the way.
Come along to our group rides with The Spoke & Note. 20km+ rides start in Windsor every Wednesday at 5:30pm. Check The Spoke & Note Facebook page for ride details.
All information will be sent electronically closer to the date.
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: tent, sleeping pad & sleeping bag, sunscreen, towel, toiletries, change of clothes, torch or headlamp, and flip flops.
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. If camping is not your style, we have a list of nearby roofed accommodation here.
Don't worry about your luggage, we will transport it all in a covered trailer from the start in Windsor to Scots Bay and then take it through to the ride finish at Planters Ridge Winery the next day.
DAY 1 (Windsor to Scots Bay)
Departing in Windsor, prepare for a stunning days ride through the Annapolis Valley, known as Nova Scotia's wine country, the ride is mostly flat with a few good climbs to test those legs.
Ride along the iconic Evangeline Trail to Hantsport before pedaling through the Gaspereau Valley and across to Grand-Pre National Historic Site. Head down the Harvest Moon Trail before rolling through the idyllic pastoral settings around Port Williams and into the heartlands of the Annapolis Valley.
The big climb comes late in a day as you ride up North Mountain. The breathtaking views from the Blomidon Lookoff mark the end of the climb and the start of a beautiful descent into Scots Bay, where you can relax, enjoy a well-deserved meal and the evening festivities as you share ride stories with new friends.
DAY 2 (Scots Bay to Port Williams)
An easy ride of 35km, begin your day with a light breakfast before the challenge of riding back up North Mountain. Take the dirt road option down Stewart Mountain Road and along the Blomidon shoreline or stick to the paved roads past the Lookoff. It doesn't matter whichever way you choose, you have some of the best views of Minas Basin and the Annapolis Valley before heading down to the ride finish at Planters Ridge Winery.
It's not all over when you cross the finish line either! Make sure you grab your family and friends to explore everything the Annapolis Valley has to offer before heading home!
our story of inspiration
Our co-founder, Sean Davidson, spent many years working on social bike rides in Australia including The Great Vic Bike Ride, Australia's biggest and most iconic ride. Now living in the beautiful Annapolis Valley, he saw an opportunity to create a unique cycling event that brings people together and offer something new for Nova Scotia's enthusiastic cycling community.