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Big White hosts cycling challenge

The annual L’Alpe de Grand Blanc from Kelowna to Big White is back

Cyclists are preparing their bodies and bicycles for the annual L’Alpe de Grand Blanc.

Big White Ski Resort is scheduled to host its third annual L’Alpe de Grand Blanc road bike ride July 23.

The event started three years ago to engage Kelowna’s cycling community and give local riders a challenging but enjoyable 60-kilometre road ride.

“Participating in this event is the best, safest and most enjoyable way to tackle the ascent of Big White,” said vice-president of hospitality at Big White Ski Resort, Trevor Hanna. “In local cycling circles, the Big White climb is the crown jewel of the Okanagan, so we want to celebrate everyone’s effort with on-course support and encouragement along with a great post-ride celebration.”

Riders are treated to a fully supported ride with multiple rest stops along the route as well as a t-shirt, souvenirs and a free burger and Okanagan Springs beer or Sunrype Cider at the end of the day.

The ride is open for all cyclists, casual or competitive. Local olympian Kelsey Serwa will be taking part in the race this year, alongside her grandfather and Big White co-founder, Cliff Serwa.

The event offers two distances: the full 60-km ride from Kelowna, as well as a free youth/kids race, a 9.8km hill climb starting at Gem Lake parking lot and ending in the Village.

New this year is the Swagman King and Queen of the Mountain competition, with prizes going to the fastest man and woman to complete the Black Mountain section of the course.

Registration spots are still open, starting at $65 for an individual adult rider and $150 for a three-person team. For more event information or to register, visit the L’Alpe de Grand Blanc event page.