Advertisement

Okanagan Granfondo returns to Penticton attracting over 3000 riders

Click to play video: 'Granfondo returns to Penticton' Granfondo returns to Penticton
After a two-year hiatus – thousands of people took part in one of North America's premier cycling events as the Okanagan Granfondo returned to Penticton. Taya Fast reports – Jul 10, 2022

Over 3000 cycling enthusiasts flocked to Penticton for the 10th annual Okanagan Granfondo on Sunday.

Granfondo is one of North America’s premier cycling events and attracts amateur and elite cyclists from around the world.

“It was an amazing feeling. It’s so scenic and it’s a beautiful ride, but super painful in the end, let me tell you,” said Gordon Finlayson of Vancouver who completed the 121-kilometre Velocefondo route.

Granfondo holds up to its Italian meaning “big race” and riders chose from four distances ranging from 48 kilometers to 153.

Read more: COVID-19: Ironman athletes ‘heartbroken’ by event cancellation but vow to return stronger in 2022

The race began in Penticton and stretched through Summerland, Okanagan Falls, Oliver, and Kaledon.

Story continues below advertisement

“Exhausting! A couple of cramps. It was pretty tough, the third hill was tough, and then it gets hot, and when it gets hot, oh my goodness,” said Mateo Michalec who completed the 85-kilometre Mediofondo route.

“But it was good, it was a perfect day and good for the early start.”

Click to play video: 'Dashcam footage of near miss with cyclists on Highway 97' Dashcam footage of near miss with cyclists on Highway 97
Dashcam footage of near miss with cyclists on Highway 97 – Jul 14, 2019

For many riders, this was the first race after a two-year pandemic hiatus.

“Phenomenal, great supporters out here and a super event. Glad to be back with two years of COVID,” said Finlayson.

Although the race is grueling it was all smiles at the finish line.

“It was amazing, it was beautiful scenery, and the roads were really well kept as well and the signage was fantastic, said Granfondo racer Denise Tade.

Story continues below advertisement

The event wrapped up with a family fun zone, live music, and a BBQ.

Click to play video: 'Race director speaks out after near miss with vehicle at an Okanagan race' Race director speaks out after near miss with vehicle at an Okanagan race
Race director speaks out after near miss with vehicle at an Okanagan race – Jul 14, 2019

Sponsored content