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Kootenay Lake Gran Fondo
Hundreds of participants will wheel into the Creston Valley and Kootenay Lake area this September 2019, bringing friends family and a rolling good time to the region.
They call it the Big Ride - 152 kilometers of challenging but ultimately uplifting cycling that pits rider against the terrain and the elements.
"It's not a race," says Creston Bike Club director Mev Hutchinson. "It's a chance for riders to test their individual mettle and enjoy some amazing scenery at the same time."
A Gran Fondo actually comprises three rides: the Gran Fondo itself is about 150 kilometer and, as would be expected, draws the more hard- core rider, replete with several thousand dollar bikes and a serious penchant for beating their own records; the Medio Fondo at about 100 kilometers is still for road warriors but obviously a little kinder on the body's moving parts; the Piccolo Fondo is perennially popular with kids, parents and just everyone else who enjoys touring through stunning scenery and then kicking back when its all said and done.
Cranbrook- based Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo director Glenn Dobie says the event is as much social as it is athletic.
"We have riders coming back year after year for the Kootenay Rockies ride in Cranbrook and Marysville because they love the area but also because they look forward to seeing friends they wouldn't otherwise get a chance to spend time with," says Dobie.
"We have people coming from Europe and the US who really appreciate the ride's challenges but also the camaraderie. There's definitely a family feel to the event - and that's sayings something when you have literally hundreds of people participating."
Members of the Creston Bike Club.