The Shimano Gran Fondo

Date: Sunday, August 26, 2018

Registration Deadline: ***Pre-registration only***
[Friday, June 15, 2018 | Jersey or Full-Kit Option] OR [Thursday, July 26, 2018 | No Jersey Option]

Location: Shimano Canada
427 Pido Road
Peterborough, Ontario
K9J 6X7

8:00am to 2:00pm
Distance:100-160km (Paved Roads)
Lunch and Raffle: 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Event Summary
It’s our third year hosting the Shimano Gran Fondo and once again, our goal is to provide a complete package like no other Gran Fondo. We strive to guide you on a ride that is incredible and we will look to provide extensive hospitality. Most importantly, the Shimano Gran Fondo will be a complete experience that won’t disappoint.

The Ride Itself
Our efforts will be focused on the Gran Fondo’s group composition and infrastructure out on course. We will be adding more support vehicles and rest stops.

There are two routes planned in 2018; one that is shorter (100km) with less elevation gain and one that is longer (160km), with more hills and exposed sections. We want cyclists to have an opportunity to experience some of the best road riding in Ontario with fellow friends who ride bikes. It’s a social bike ride, intended to be challenging and yet fully supported and with a great social event after the ride. With both courses, we will have support riders and offer at least two groups for each course to allow riders to ride with cyclists of similar abilities.

The composition of the groups will be established through a distributed questionnaire following our registration deadline. We will work with every rider to ensure they ride with the group that is best suited to their abilities; faster, slower, longer or shorter – we will accommodate. This ride is about the experience of cycling with like-minded people.

The Packages
In our third year, our value-add starts with our courtesy packages that every rider will receive. New for this year is the introduction of our three-tiered package program. In years past, we have had only two distinct packages defined as a jersey only, or complete kit. In our first two years, the packages have included other key items as a surprise, such as a hoodie or duffel bag as well. For 2018, there will be a third option that does not include a cycling jersey or full-kit, however the new option will have the other gifts included. As in our first two years, we intend to keep the extras a surprise until the day of the event. Nevertheless, there is no question that guests will leave with top quality gear that they will appreciate and use.

Technical Info
Technical guides, courses and final detailed information will be available in May. If you have any questions about certain details, please check our “FAQ” section below. The steps to register can be found just below and if you still have a question, please do not hesitate to reach out to

How to Register for the Shimano Gran Fondo:

  1. Click on the box that has the package you’d prefer to receive on the day of the event. There are six options, three men’s and three women’s.
  2. Depending on the package you have selected, scroll down to choose your options or first select your kit colour.
  3. Scroll down, on the left, select your sweater size, jersey size (where applicable), bib short size (where applicable), sock colour and size.
  4. Read the event waiver and check the box that says you’ve read the waiver.
  5. Proceed to check-out and follow the steps from there.

If you ordered a “Winter Package” in 2017 apply your “PROMO CODE” during the checkout process.*

Pearl Izumi Size Chart Below - 


Is this event a race?

No it’s not a race. We want to encourage riders of all abilities to attend. We will have full support with rest stations and follow vehicles. We will have multiple distances & paces to ensure that riders of all abilities can ride at a level they are comfortable with. It’s a “sportive” style event. For those who want to ride fast and longer, we’ll be able to accommodate, and for those who’d prefer to ride at an easier pace over a shorter distance, we’ll have a group for that too and everything in between.


What type of bike is best for this event?

A road bike is the best for this event. However, a cyclocross bike with road tires could work as well. The key difference between the Shimano Gran Fondo & the Wild Rock Sportive is we are avoiding gravel roads with our course design and seeking the best roads within that realm. There are plenty to chose from. Road bikes are the best bikes for the Shimano Gran Fondo.

Is there a jersey included in the Shimano Gran Fondo package?

For the Shimano Gran Fondo jerseys are included in our “jersey only” and “full-kit package.” However, we do have a lower cost registration option which does not include a jersey. All packages will be filled with high quality items which is a standard practice with FRETORI events. The specific items, as always will be a secret until the week before.

Should I book a hotel?

We are encouraging registrants to book a hotel the evening before the ride given it’s an early start. However, if you prefer not to, that’s okay too. Most of our attendees did not stay in a hotel in years past.

When is the registration deadline?

For our “Jersey Only and Full Kit Package.” – Friday, June 15, 2018

For the “Regular Package.” – Thursday, July 26, 2018

Is there a registration limit?

200 riders is our capacity.

Registration closed on July 15. We do have some very limited space left. E-mail if you're interested in a 'last minute" sign up.