Gran fondos are a European cycling tradition. In Europe, Gran fondos have attracted over 10,000 cyclists and are now gaining popularity in North America.
Here is some more information about the Kelowna gran fondo.
•Starts and finishes in downtown Kelowna on Water Street
•Riders will cross the start line at 7 a.m., heading north towards the countryside passing by vistas and vineyards of Lake Country with views of Okanagan Lake.
•After climbing to Predator Ridge, riders pass through Vernon, where the Medio (70 kilometre ride) starts at 9 a.m.
•Riders venture southbound onto Okanagan Highway, past Kalamalka and Wood Lake and through the communities of Oyama and Winfield while passing through vineyards on Lodge Road and Glenmore Road.
•Finally, they ride downhill to the finish at Waterfront Par
Spectators are not permitted to stop on the roadways that make up the course, but are encouraged to join in the fun at various viewing areas. Spectators are reminded that there will be traffic impacts along the route, so plan ahead to get to a viewing location. The following locations are suggested spectator areas:
•6:50 a.m. – Watch the start of the ride on Water Street in downtown Kelowna.
•8:30 a.m. – Just over halfway for the riders and the start of the Medio at Vernon Military Camp is a great place to see the action.
•9:15 a.m. – Close to the 95 km mark, spectators can watch the cyclists go by at George Elliot Secondary School on Bottom Wood Lake Road.
•10:15 a.m. The first riders will be back at the finish area on Water Street in downtown Kelowna near the Delta Grand Hotel.
Cyclists will have a dedicated lane from start to finish and that means there will be impacts to traffic. For maps, times and disruptions go to www.rbcgranfondo.com, click on About the Event and scroll to traffic impacts.
The RBC Blue Water Project is donating $25,000 to Trout Unlimited Canada, an organization committed to cold water conservation, on behalf of RBC GranFondo Kelowna. The donation to Trout Unlimited will help preserve and raise awareness about waterways, such as the Okanagan Valley rivers. The RBC Blue Water Project is committed to preserving and restoring our water resources for current and future generations.