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Registration closes for Bluewater International Granfondo

A new Sarnia Lambton cycling event, being held July 31, is already more popular than organizers expected.

It was announced Thursday that registration for the Bluewater International Granfondo has closed, with more than 500 cyclists expected to take part in the 50 km, 100 km and 150 km races, all beginning and ending at Mike Weir Park in Bright Grove.

knew it would be good, but we never thought it would be embraced by the community in this manner. was closed because organizers had to place the order for commemorative jerseys two months ago, and at the time they decided to be optimistic and order 500.

thought, we going to end up with 50 or 60 left over? MacAlpine said, the strong response is leaving them several short.

## ## just shows how cycling has taken off in this area, and also around the rest of the country, he said.

Approximately 60 per cent of the entries are from Lambton, and the rest are travelling in for the event as far away as Vancouver, Rhode Island, Georgia, Quebec, and then a slew from Toronto and London, Windsor, Leamington, MacAlpine said.

There also a representation coming from Michigan, he said.

a first year event, to expect this many is obviously exceptional, he said.

think we could have reached 600 quite easily, if we kept things open. is an Italian term for large races. The events began sprouting up in North America a decade ago and have become increasingly popular.

Profits from the Sarnia event will benefit St. Joseph Hospice and palliative care at Bluewater Health.

The Sarnia race is also an official stop on the Giordana Gran Fondo National Championship Series.

Approximately 100 volunteers have also been enlisted to help with set up, parking, food stations, check in and other jobs, but there still room for more.

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