Birthday Ride

Sunday, August 21, 2022

We’re back for our 6th event bringing cyclists to enjoy Lost Shores’ amazing low traffic oceanfront 50, 90 and 120 km routes. Our Lost Shores Gran Fondo evolved to this acoustic version which we are happy to offer FREE to anyone who has a birthday in 2022. It’s a fully supported ride with signage, 3 snack stops and ice cream and cake at the finish line. We had 80 riders in 2021 and it keeps growing. It’s our way to pay it forward and make these amazing rides accessible to everyone. For an avid cyclist, a ride like this might be the best birthday present imaginable. Go ahead, spoil yourself.

Event site is at Guysborough Mall with gas, groceries, convenience and NSLC all on site and open 7 days a week.  Overnight parking is allowed and we’ll have porta potties available. Look for the Lost Shores trailer with the big banner. We’ll have a welcome table with sign-in sheets, bagels, granola bars, fruit and water. Robins Donuts opens at 6 am.

Rides start at 0900 following a brief Motor Vehicle Act reminder. Expect some social distancing measures. Turn left exiting the mall and let the fun begin.

50, 90 and 120 km routes, stunning oceanfront scenery, all well marked with our distinctive yellow arrows. Expect rolling hills, lots of them. Water/snack stops at Port Felix (km 43), Canso (km 73) and Queensport (25 km from the finish).  It’s a bit remote out here with limited cell service so we provide roving motorcycle support.

Fear & Loathing in Lost Shores Hill Climb returns for the 4th year. You’ll need the Strava app on your smartphone for this. Load up with some carbs at the Queensport rest stop and see how your time compares with 300+ other Strava riders. Here’s the Strava link,

Ice cream and birthday cake will be waiting for you at the finish.

RSVP appreciated to That makes it easier for us to plan water, snacks, porta potties, birthday cake and ice cream. Either way, we’ll make sure we have extra of everything.

Here are the routes in downloadable format.

 Strava LinkElevation Gain
50 km Queensport Light m
90 km Lost Shores Loop m
120 km Tickle Loop m
Fear and Loathing Hill Climb m

 RidewithGPS LinkElevation Gain
50 km Queensport Light m
90 km Lost Shores Loop m
120 km Tickle Loop m
Fear and Loathing Hill Climb m

Getting Here

Take the Trans Canada 104 to exit 37.  As you get off the highway from either direction, turn left at the stop sign and take Highway 4 for 1.5 km and turn right onto Highway 16 just before the railway tracks. Take Highway 16 for 30 km through Lincolnville and Boylston and you’ll find yourself in Guysborough. Highway 16 does a bit of a zigzag with 2 rights and then a left at the Courthouse Museum and Guysborough Mall is just ahead around the bend on your left, civic number #9996 Highway 16.

Where to Stay

Overnight parking is free at the Guysborough Mall and municipal parks in Dorts Cove and Queensport. There is also camping available nearby at Boylston Provincial Park or down the shore at Fox Island.

For lodgings, try or–Canada.

Food and Beverage

  • On site, Robins opens at 6 am with coffee, breakfast and light lunches.
  • On site, Independent grocery store with excellent deli opens at 10 am
  • Main St, Big G’s Pizza eat in or take-out. 902-533-1886,
  • Harts Store on Hwy 16 in Boylston also has amazing sandwiches and more.
  • Beer store at mall is open Sundays but consuming alcohol at the mall is not legal.

Got Questions?
Email or call Rob at home 902-358-2939 or cell 902-870-4793 (cell service out here is limited but a text will work).

Hope to see you Sunday, August 21st!

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