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Posted: September 9, 2019

Near perfect conditions for sixth Gran Fondo

Cyclists experienced near perfect conditions for the sixth annual Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo on Saturday, September 7.

Cyclists from all over North America, including Tennessee, Nevada, and Ontario, enjoyed our wonderful Kootenay hospitality during the Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo on Saturday.  The visiting cyclists raved about the spectacular scenery, the incredible volunteer support, and the delicious post ride buffet provided by St. Eugene Golf Resort and Casino.

Here are some of the results

Pedal and Tap King and Queen of the Mountain Champions – Fort Steele Hill


Masters (50+): Lisa Barnes, Cranbrook  5.02;

Open: Michelle Spadafora, Dundas, Ontario 4.13;


Masters (50+): Steve Donaldson, Cranbrook  4.03;

Open: Dallas Cain, Cranbrook  3.46;

The Heid Out “Team Spirit” Award

“Running Against the Wind,” Okanagan Falls, B.C.

The KRGF, organized by the Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary Club as a non-profit event, would like to thank our Title Sponsor, Apex Accounting, our Major Sponsors: St. Eugene Golf Resort, Al Dyck Financial, Pacific Coastal Airlines, Trans Canada, Western Financial, and Save- on -Foods, and the following  local businesses that underwrite the event to make it such a success.

Alpine Toyota, Bridge Interiors, Columbia Basin Trust, Canadian Rockies International Airport, College of the Rockies, Cranbrook Tourism, Culligan, FUNHOGZ, Gerick Sports, Hot Shots, ICBC, Kimberley Tourism, Ktunaxa Nation, McDonalds, Rella, Paolini & Rogers, Scotia Bank, Teck, Jason Wheeldon, Kootenay Granite, Black Dog Ski and Cycle and Sandor Rentals.

Thank you to the City of Cranbrook and City of Kimberley for preparing and maintaining the North Star Rails-To-Trails, an exceptional feature of the event that visiting cyclists rave about.

Thanks to the 160+ volunteers, including the service clubs: Cranbrook Rotary, Kimberley Rotary, Mark Creek Lions, Wasa Lions, MBSS volleyball team, Me to We program, Kimberley Speed Watch, Kimberley Volunteer Ski Patrol – you truly are world class.

Registration is now open for KRGF, September 12, 2020.

Lead image: A shot of the Team Spirit Award recipients, Running Against the Wind, from Okanagan Falls. Photo submitted

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