Canadian Cyclist
   Follow us on Twitter
 
Find us on Facebook
 
WoB (+6935) - Oct 28
 
ACS Apollo Bikes - November 19
 
D'Ornellas Nov 19 (+8624)
 
IMBA Canada - Dec 14
 
Share the Road - Dec 14
 

 

 

 
ARG banner CC1 Sept 17.14
 

Daily News


 

July 9/12 23:50 pm - Granfondo Axel Merckx Delivers Smiles and Good Times


Posted by Editoress on 07/9/12
 

2nd annual Valley First Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan comes to a successful close

 

More than 2,500 riders braved 34°C heat in the South Okanagan to ride the second edition of the Valley First Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan on Sunday. The event – in its second year – hosted a record number of riders, many of whom crossed the finish line with smiles and exhausted looks on their face.
 
Trevor Gunderson from Calgary, Alberta won the finishing sprint to cross the line first overall in the Granfondo (160 km) division in a time of 4 hours and 12 minutes, while North Vancouver’s Ann Yew crossed the line in 4 hours and 27 minutes to become the first female finisher in the Granfondo category.
 
Five-time Tour de France winner and cycling legend, Eddy Merckx, completed the Mediofondo (92 km) route in a time of 2 hours and 54 minutes. Full results in the Cortofondo, Mediofondo and Granfondo categories are available online at: http://www.raceheadquarters.com/results/rhqResultsOther.php?nYear=2012#jul
 
As the event comes to a successful close, extra non-perishable food and bottle refunds will be donated to the Feed the Valley initiative – a not-for-profit effort to end hunger in the Okanagan valley. As well, the event raised significant funds for the Axel Merckx Youth Development Foundation – a program develop Canada’s next great cyclists.
 
“I’m thrilled everyone had a great time under very hot conditions,” said Axel Merckx, who finished the Granfondo route in a time of 4 hours and 39 minutes. “The sponsors and volunteers supported this ride with absolute grace and generosity and for that we thank them.”
 
Registration for the 2013 event won’t open until this September. Organizers wish to also thank the residents and businesses of the South Okanagan, as well as Valley First and the City of Penticton for their tremendous support.

 


Return to Canadian Cyclist homepage | Back to Top
Coach Chris November 19
 
ARG button Sept 17.14
 

 
Bikesports - August 12
 

 

 
Dundas Speed Shop - Jan 11 (+524)
 
  


 
 © Copyright 1998-2014 Canadian Cyclist. All rights reserved.  Privacy Policy | Contact | Subscribe to RSS Feed  | Login