Gran Fondo Lake Huron exceeds all expectations


One thousand cyclists and 150 volunteers came together on Sunday, August 18th, in what was a ‘tour de force’ of fundraising.

It was the second annual Gran Fondo Lake Huron fundraiser for local health care in support of Saugeen Memorial Hospital and, fortunately, for all Mother Nature cooperated with perfect weather  The goal was to raise $150,000 but what happened was nothing short of amazing when it turned out that $170,000 was the final number.

Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundatin Exec. Director Tracy Murray and Bruce Power CEO & President thrilled with the outcome

Cyclists came from across Canada, including Vancouver, Prince Edward Island and throughout Ontario.  In addition, several cyclists also traveled from points in the U.S. and there were other participants from out-of-country.

Many companies stepped up as Corporate Sponsors as did Bruce Power who was the platinum title sponsor of the event.

From the very young to the young-at-heart, riders of all levels took part in one of the four-distance rides from 30km, 70km, 110km to 160km.

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Once all participants completed their rides it was off to a complementary lunch and beverage followed by speeches and presentation of prizes.

When it came to individual fundraising, there were the top three who excelled:

  • John Harding – $6,400
  • Darryl Spector – $4,512
  • Bharaf Nangia of NPW – $3,363

Finally, there were three top teams in fundraising but only one would take home ‘the Trophy’ – held by Bruce Power CEO and President Mike Rencheck.



The largest contingent in numbers was ‘The Brady Bunch’ in purple who raised $10,215

WHO (Whitely, Harding & Ouweleen) raised $13,805 echoing John Harding’s personal first.

Tour de Friends however, took home the trophy after raising $17,121

                                                    Tour de Friends the Trophy winning tream

Among the many comments by the cyclists were:

“The organization was fantastic!”

“I can hardly wait to come back next year.”

“The scenery here is incredible!”

“I’ve cycled all kinds of events and have never seen one with so many volunteers – a great community.”

“We were here last year and will be back again next year.”

It was thanks to the many volunteers and services that the Gran Fondo Lake Huron was such a success.  Approximately 150 volunteers participated and Saugeen Shores Police were everywhere to ensure the safety of cyclists.

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