Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo super early-bird deadline nears

Super early-bird deadline for fourth-annual Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo cycle ride arrives May 31

Riders were out in full force back in September 2015 to participate in the Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo. The annual not-for-profit cycling event is set to return to St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino Sept. 10

Riders were out in full force back in September 2015 to participate in the Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo. The annual not-for-profit cycling event is set to return to St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino Sept. 10

Super early-bird registration for the fourth-annual Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo is fast approaching.

Deadline for super early-bird registration is set for Tuesday, May 31, with the annual not-for-profit cycling event scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 10, at St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino.

Over 360 cyclists took part in the 2015 edition of the ongoing East Kootenay classic, which welcomed riders from Cranbrook, Kimberley, Alberta and the northwestern United States.

According to Glenn Dobie, chairperson for the Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo, the event has already seen registrants from as far away as Whitehorse, Yukon, Texas and even England.

The rider cap for the Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo has been set at 500, with three courses laid out to challenge cyclists of all abilities.

Proceeds from the event go towards the North Star Rails to Trails Society, supporting the Kootenay Rockies Kids Fondo and other local service clubs, including the Cranbrook Noon Hour Rotary Club, Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary Club, Kimberley Rotary Club, Kimberley Volunteer Ski Patrol, Mark Creek Lions Club and Wasa Lions Club.

The piccolo fondo is a 52-kilometre ride targeting recreational and first-time cyclists. The medio fondo provides a challenge for more seasoned cyclists, covering a span of 102 km. Finally, the gran fondo is set to test the most experienced cyclists through 152 km of the East Kootenay’s most beautiful terrain.

Dobie said the fondo is also still seeking volunteers. Those interested can visit krgf.ca/volunteers to register.

Interested cyclists can register at krgf.ca/registration. There are many benefits to registering ahead of the super early-bird deadline, including a chance to win a two-night stay at Trickle Creek Lodge at Kimberley Alpine Resort.

Gran Fondo Registration Fees:

Super early bird (before May 31) — $139; Early bird (before July 31) — $159; Final registration (Sept. 2) — $179.

Medio fondo registration fees range from $129 to $169, while piccolo fondo registration fees run from $99 to $139.

Those registering after the super early-bird deadline but prior to the regular early-bird deadline will be eligible to win a two-night stay at St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino as well as two return flights from Cranbrook to Vancouver on Pacific Coastal Airlines.

Participants receive a Dri-Fit t-shirt, water bottle, Clif Bar, post-ride breakfast, nutritional aid stations every 30 km, mobile mechanical and medical support as well as a pre-ride yoga class.

With files from Trevor Crawley