Cycling is a solo venture, but there’s something to be said about riding alongside friends with some beautiful scenery in the background. The GranFondo, modeled after Europe’s mass-participation cycling events, aims to bring that experience to Canada, with the inaugural GranFondo Niagara Falls, sponsored by the Courtyard Niagara Falls.
This year’s race, on September 14th, follows the success of 2010’s ride in Whistler. Thousands of cyclists will gather at the start/finish line at the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, just minutes from this hotel in Niagara Falls, Ontario, to set off on the 125-kilometre route.
From the Niagara Falls Review:
The inaugural Car-Free Day on the Niagara Parkway wasn’t free of suggestions from both tourists and locals who want to see the event evolve from its humble beginnings Sunday.
“This is awesome,” said Mike Sherman, a cyclist from Montreal who was riding down the empty Parkway toward the Horseshoe Falls with fellow Montrealer Jen Zwarych.
“I think it’s great,” Zwarych said, adding it was their first time in Niagara Falls. “It’s a little empty though. We’ve never been here with the cars, but if the cars are louder than the falls it would definitely make it less cool.”
For the first time ever, the Niagara Parks Commission on Sunday shut down the Niagara Parkway to vehicle traffic, except the NPC’s people-mover buses.
From the Welland Tribune:
It’s going to be a Car-Free Sunday on Niagara Parkway.
For the first time in recent history, pedestrians and cyclists will have a chance to enjoy a stretch of the parkway without having to worry about traffic.
The route along the river between Clifton Hill and Murray St. will be closed to all vehicles except the Niagara Parks Commission’s people movers from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.