Tour de Cabot 2021

Sat, September 4th, 2021 — Mon, September 6th, 2021

a CYCLINGPEI Sanctioned Event...

A three day epic adventure in one of the most beautiful parts of our country. Averaging approx 100km per day at your own pace with support vehicles.   

For some history of the event Click Here for details...


We invite anyone who is interested to join in the fun of the ride.

We will be providing support equipment and logistics to assist in keeping the experience high and the costs low! Fully supprted ride with extra bikes and wheels for breakdowns and flats.

The dates on our calendar include Friday to travel to Cape Breton. Most of us are content to drive home after our final ride on the third day so we didn't add an extra day for travel home.  We'll be starting at the (old) KOA campground in Baddeck.  Remember that Monday is a holiday so you can likely do the whole trip without taking time off work unless you work on weekends.

Each day averages 100k or so. Some days are tougher than others but don't let that deter you from joining. We'll be going in a Clockwise orientation this year.  The thought of cycling the Cabot Trail may be intimidating to some but I can guarantee that you will find the level of involvement that is right for you and simply love the tour.  Set your own personal goal or simply come to enjoy time with your friends and the incredible beauty of the trail.   The intent is to include not deter.

The general information that you need to know is as follows; all participants are encouraged to travel to Baddeck and car pool where possible. Vehicles that aren't used as support are left in Baddeck until we complete the loop. Costs associated with traveling to and from your location to Baddeck is not included in the costs of the Tour. The cost of the Tour does include...  support vehicles, breakfast (Sat, Sun, Mon) and dinner (Fri, Sat, Sun)  (Lunch is not provided, you can bring your own, but most stop at a restaurant along the way), transportation of gear between campsites, camping fees, National Park fees etc..   A current Cycling PEI general membership is required for cycling participants ($30).

Riders are discouraged from bringing loads of camping gear and cooking supplies. If you have a huge tent, consider sharing it with others. Campsites generally limit how many tents can be placed on a given location. Less is more!

If you have a spouse or a friend who is not interested in cycling, but wishes to join you, the cost is $25 less, again to cover the above mentioned costs.

The key to this being a successful event is early registration to book campsites, plan food and logistics.    We generally cap participants at 50 which keeps logistics and service manageable.   Please promote, challenge others and bring a friend! 

Please consider contacting us as soon as you can to book your spot on the Tour!  

If you haven't joined us in the past, or have never even been on the trail, ask someone who has.   Plan ahead, and book the long weekend in September now, you won't be disappointed!  

Cost is $160 and $230 with a jersey or $200 if you do not have a CPEI membership. The jerseys are high quaility and you have your choice of 3 different designs.

Host: Cycling PEI
Sponsored By: Great Hobbies
Type: Recreational — Touring
Location: Cabot Trail, Cape Breton, NS
Start Time: 9am each morning.
Distance: Averaging 100km per day over three days
Cost: $160 per person or $230 with a jersey. Also need a CPEI membership which runs $40
Contact: Cycling PEI
Mike Connolly - 902 368-4985
Directions: Google Maps (46.089246,-60.856962)
Course Details:

Clockwise Itinerary
Day 1
Start: Bras D'Or Lake Campground
Finish: Cheticamp Campground
Distance: 84km
Mountains: none
Average Riding Time: 4 hours
Average Speed: 21km/h
Lunch: Cheticamp
Notes: Although no real mountains, this section has lots of rolling hills, with a long grade up Hunter's in the first few kms. Co-op in Margaree Forks for snacks, etc at 40km, Dancing Goat 30km. Supper will be ready at 6pm at Cheticamp Campground.

Day 2
Start: Cheticamp Campground
Finish: Broad Cove Campground
Distance: 102 km
Mountains: French, MacKenzie, and North
Average Riding Time: 6 hours
Average Speed: 17 km/h
Lunch: Town of Pleasant Bay 34km just after descending MacKenzie MT.
Notes: From South Harbour we suggest taking the scenic route through Neils Harbour. Take a left onto White Point Rd and continue on through Neils Harbour and take left back onto the Cabot Trail. The route adds 6km to the day, you won't be disappointed. Lots of climbing today.

Day 3
Start: Broad Cove Campground
Finish: Bras D'Or Lake Campground
Distance: 103 km
Mountains: Smokey
Average Riding Time: 5 hours
Average Speed: 20 km/h
Lunch: The Clucking Hen 55km in Indian Brook.
Notes: Most take the shorter and fun route to the Englishtown Ferry. Take Rte 312 to the ferry after lunch stop. Ferry is about 5 minutes and is free for cyclists. We suggest taking the scenic route #205 in through Baddeck rather than highway #105. Showers available at Bras D'Or Lake Campground for cleaning up before heading home.


 Online registration is now OPEN for the Tour de Cabot at https://zone4.ca/register.asp?id=26462&lan=1&cartlevel=1



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