Granfondo rolls through Penticton

A nice day for a ride through the South Okanagan

Seth Cowrie said his win at the 2018 Granfondo Axel Merckx in Penticton came down to a last minute decision.

“There was one guy up the road, and he was within sight,” said Cowrie, who was competing in his third Granfondo this year.

“There was about five kilometres left, and just managed to put in enough of a move that it stuck and it worked out well,” said Cowrie. Cowrie finished the 160-kilometre Granfondo with a time of 4:06:49.

“You do it enough, you get used to it. It was tough though, it was a hard four hours out there,” said Cowrie.

“That Summerland climb right at the start is really tough, and then the climb at Fairview, cause you are about 110 kilometres into the race and then you have a nice steep sharp climb, everyone is putting it all out there.”

Nick Friesen and Grant Gill were hard on his heels, both coming across the finish line at 4:06:54.

Dustin Pakosh was first in for the inaugural 126 km event with a time of 3:24:18, followed by Steve Petrarch at 3:24:19 and Karim Jandali at 3:24:20.

“I didn’t think it was going to happen. They told me I was first, but I thought there were people in front of us, so it was kind of surprising,” said Pakosh.

The top three finishers in the 92-km Mediofondo were Conor Martin (2:18:50), Lee Agur (2:23:23) and Tony Winter (2:27:38).

For the 55-km Cortofondo, the top finishers were Joshua Myers (1:33:36), Brian Butt (1:44:31) and A.J. Timewell (1:44:36).

A total of 1543 men and 751 women participated in this year’s Granfondo events.


Steve Kidd
Senior reporter, Penticton Western News
Email me or message me on Facebook
Follow us on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

 

Just Posted

UPDATE: Firefighter blown back from explosion at fire above Kelowna art gallery

A fire was reported at the Pope’sGallery of BC Art & Photography

Okanagan hockey player wins Gold for Canada

Vernon’s Anne Cherkowski, along with three others, trains at Kelowna’s Pursuit of Excellence

More supportive housing annouced for Kelowna

New homes with support services for people experiencing homelessness

Hometown Hockey co-host ready for West Kelowna visit

Tara Slone and Ron MacLean host the Hometown Hockey festival this weekend

VIDEO: U.S. Congress to probe whether Trump told lawyer Cohen to lie

At issue is a BuzzFeed News report that about negotiations over a Moscow real estate project

Heavy snowfall expected on the Coquihalla

Snowfall warning in effect for the Coquihalla Highway, from Hope to Merritt

Ex-Mountie investigating ‘Surrey six’ murders pleads guilty to obstruction

Derek Brassington entered his plea in B.C. Supreme Court on Friday

Rare ‘super blood wolf moon’ takes to the skies this Sunday

Celestial event happens only three times this century

Arrest made after historic B.C. church hit by arson

The fire at the 150-year-old Murray United Church in Merritt was considered a possible hate crime

B.C. dangerous offender in court for violating no-contact order, sends letter to victim

Wayne Belleville was shocked to see a letter addressed to him from his shooter, Ronald Teneycke

COLUMN: Anger rising in Yellow Vests Canada movement

While the protests so far have been peaceful and orderly, there is also a simmering level of rage

Man blames his loud car radio, sirens for crash with B.C. ambulance

Tribunal rejects bid to recoup ICBC costs after crash deemed 100-per-cent his fault

RECALL: Salmon Village maple salmon nuggets

Customers warned not to eat product due to possible Listeria contamination

Most Read