Frequently Asked Questions
Where and when is the Prairie Gran Fondo?
PGF starts and finsihes at the Diefenbaker Park, Saskatoon.
Festival Site Opens: 6:30 AM
Pre-Ride address: :7:45 AM – Plan to arrive early!
Ride commences: 8:00 AM
Is there a pre-ride package pick up?
YES! You MUST pick up your fondo package in person at Bruce’s Cycle Works (20 -1015 Central Ave., Saskatoon) on Friday, June 30th between 1PM and 7PM. Package pick up on the even day is NOT guaranteed. Your package will NOT be mailed to you.
Can my spouse or friend pick up my pre-ride package?
NO! You must pick up your package in person. Package pick up on the even day is NOT guaranteed, however you may request pick up very early in the morning on Event Day (July 1st) by clicking here.
What type of bike do I need for the Gran Fondo?
If you are planning to ride the Gran or the Canada 150 routes it is highly reccomended that you have a road bike, cyclocross or hybrid bike outfitted with “skinny” tires. If you are choosing to ride the Piccolo or Medio Fondo you could probably ride a mountain bike as the distance is not too great. BMX style bikes are not reccomended.
If you are participating in the Family Fun Fondo any style of bike is suitable. We encourage families to ride together so, cruisers, fat bikes, bike trailers, training and BMX style bikes are all suitable. Any two-wheeled-pedal-powered machine will work!
What is included in my registration fee?
Your registration fee includes a great ride on a well marked course, police escort out of Saskatoon from Diefenbaker Park out onto Valley Road, great rest stops along the course, partial lane closure on your return into Saskatoon, a selection of food from one of Saskatoon’s awesome Food Trucks & refreshment upon completion of the ride, a “swag bag”, day long live entertainment, fun activities for children to participate in, accompanying upto 40,000 other Canadians celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday and not to mention the camaraderie of fellow cyclists celebrating with you a great accomplishment. PGF! – A Festival of Fun on Two Wheels!
Why is the Piccolo & Medio Fondo registration fees the same price as Gran and Canada 150 Fondo, yet the Piccolo & Medio routes are much shorter?
Ahhh … glad you asked! The costs associated with this event are the same regardless of distance. However, for Piccolo and Medio riders, there is something special … just for you! Your return ride has you stopping at the Saskatoon Berry Barn for a Saskatoon Berry treat!
Can I get a refund?
6. Where does any excess money go that is raised from the Prairie Gran Fondo event?
PGF is a not-for-profit event and proceeds are split between the Horizon Youth Program, a skills and safety youth cycling program for youth aged 10-14 years and KidSport Saskatoon.
Are there cut off times?
Yes. Any riders still on route by 5PM will be pulled from the course by the sweep vehicle.
8. Why is there an option to register with a Team, is there any advantage?
We would like to encourage participants to form either cycling club, social or corporate teams. There will be performance and spirit prizes for participating teams. Naturally registering as part of a team is not required and individual registration are most definately welcomed.
9. Can I register the morning of the event?
Registration the morning of the event is strongly discouraged and very difficult from an organizational perspective for the volunteer committee who runs PGF. Your very best option for registering is online before June 29th midnight. To register online click here.
10. I see mention of Velopalooza on your website… what is that?
Velopalooza is a Superweek of cycling where almost every day of the week from July 1st through July 8th cylcing events are hosted around the city of Saskatoon. PGF is held in conjunction with Velopalooza as a celebration and promotion of the sport of cycling.