Frequently Asked Questions
1. Where and when is the Prairie Gran Fondo?
PGF starts and finishes at the Western Development Museum (WDM), Saskatoon.
Festival Site Opens: 6:00 AM
Gran-Daddy Leg 1 Start: 7:00 AM (these riders will arrive back at WDM at approx. 8:30AM
PGF & FFF Riders assemble into start corrals for Pre-Ride Address: 9:00AM
Prairie Gran Fondo & Family Fun Fondo ride commences: 9:30 AM
2. Is there a pre-ride package pick up?
YES! You MUST pick up your fondo package in person on Saturday, June 15th between 9:30AM and 5PM at the BIKE DOCTOR (623 Main Street). Package pick up on the event day is NOT guaranteed. Your package will NOT be mailed to you.
3. Can my spouse or friend pick up my pre-ride package?
NO! You must pick up your package in person as your signature will be required on a waiver when you pick up your package. Package pick up on the event day is NOT guaranteed.
4. What type of bike do I need for the Gran Fondo?
If you are planning to ride the Gran-Daddy (174km) or the Gran (125km) routes it is highly recommended 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 recommended. Any style of bike is suitable for the Family Fun Fondo including bikes with trailers, bucket seats for children etc.
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!
5. 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 the WDM out onto Valley Road, great rest stops along the course, post-ride Father’s Day Lunch, FREE entry into the Western Development Museum exhibits including Boomtown complete with demonstrations by Boomtown characters demonstrating the way of prairie life from days gone by, and not to mention the camaraderie of fellow cyclists celebrating with you a great accomplishment. PGF! – More than “Locking Horns with the Prairie Wind” it’s also “Father’s Day Fun on Two Wheels”!
7. Can I get a refund?
8. 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.
9. Are there cut off times?
Yes. Any riders still on route by 4:30PM will be offered a “boost” to ensure they make it back to the WDM by 5:00PM.
10. 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 recognition for participating teams. Naturally registering as part of a team is not required and individual registration are most definitely welcomed. Teams can consist of 4 to 6 riders. Team times will be determined when the 4th team member crosses the finish line. Recognition for the top Male, Female and Co-Ed teams.
11. Can I register the morning of the event?
Registration the morning of the event is very difficult from an organizational perspective for the volunteer committee who runs PGF therefore the last opportunity to register is before midnight Wednesday, June 12th. To register online click here.