Rules & Regulations

Are you ready for an epic ride through B.C.’s Okanagan wine country?

The 7th edition of the Prospera Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan rolls on Sunday, July 9th, 2016 (7 a.m. start). Choose from four distance categories: the Granfondo (160 km), Velocefondo (126 km), Mediofondo (92 km) or Cortofondo (55 km). For a description of each ride route, click on the Ride Category icons below.



[Until Jan. 5th, 2017
(2 p.m. PST)]
[Jan. 5th to June 15th, 2017
(2 p.m. PDT)]
[June 15th to July 3rd, 2017
(2 p.m. PDT)]
Cortofondo (55 km) $120 $145 $165
Mediofondo (92 km)  $185  $210  $235
Velocefondo (126 km)
Granfondo (160 km)
Classe Speciale       $500
***Package Pick-Up: Friday, July 7th (1 p.m. to 7 p.m.) and Saturday, July 8th (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) at Penticton Trade & Convention Centre (273 Power Street).

Riders in all four categories (including Classe Speciale) will receive the following:

  • A fully supported and traffic-controlled ride on some of the most scenic roads in Western Canada.
    Official 2017 PGAMO “Ride Hard. Smile Often.” technical t-shirt.
  • Full mechanical support throughout the duration of the ride provided by The Bike Barn and Velofix Mobile Bike ProShop.
  • Aid and medical stations along the route, complete with food (Honey Stinger products, SunRype, fruit) and beverages (Ultima Replenisher and water).
  • Secure bike parking during post-event celebrations.
  • Complimentary barbeque for 2017 PGAMO riders.
  • Official 2017 PGAMO swag, including a custom specialty item, water bottle, and more…
    Pre- and post-event activities and entertainment for you and your family.
  • A complimentary beverage at the Tree Brewing Peloton Patio upon completing your ride.
    Final results will be posted by 10-year age categories.

Rules & Regulations


Rules & Regulations


The following are the rules for riding the 2017 Prospera Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan (PGAMO). Anyone violating these rules is subject to removal from the event:

  • Helmets are mandatory: Helmets must be worn correctly and done up at all times.
  • No aero bars: Bikes with fixed or clip-on aero bars will not be permitted on the course.
  • Non-standard bicycles (e.g. tandem bicycles, recumbent, and race wheelchairs): PGAMO requires non-standard bikes to exercise extreme caution. The majority of riders may not be familiar with non-standard bicycles. PGAMO staff may require non-standard bicycles to start at the rear of the group. Due to size issues, it may not be possible to transport these bicycles back to the finish area should you require it. Unicycles are not allowed.
  • “Stay Aware, Ride with Care”: Look for obstacles, ride safely and predictably. Don’t swerve and weave, keep your head up, and ride in single file when possible. Please be aware of and exercise good road riding etiquette.
  • Road rules: Obey all directions from police, traffic control personnel or course workers. Riders MUST give way to emergency vehicles. Many roads are open to traffic; be aware and do not cross the centre line. Where the route has a delineated lane closure (e.g. cones), crossing into the non-delineated lane is prohibited.
  • “Stay to the Right”: Unless passing another rider, ensure that you stay as far to the right of the road as you can; making it easy for other riders to pass you safely on the left.
  • No personal support vehicles on course: Please let us take care of you on your ride. Avoid clogging up the route with additional cars and trucks.
  • No unregistered riders: Riders found on a course for which they are not registered will be charged accordingly.
  • Timing chip and number placement: All participants must mount their chip and number according to the instructions supplied in the rider package. Chips will be collected at the finish. Riders who do not finish (DNF) must return their chip to the finish area or hand it in to event personnel. If the chip is not returned, you will be charged a $50 replacement fee.
  • Start Zones: Riders will be assigned to a start zone based on the anticipated average speed provided at registration. Riders will not be allowed to move forward into a faster zone, but will be allowed to move into a slower zone.
  • No personal audio devices (iPod, headphones, etc.): These devices present distractions, and ultimately place you and other riders at risk of accident.
  • No littering: Throwing anything on the ground during in the ride will result in removal from the event.
  • No public urination: Facilities are provided on course (Aid Stations) and at the Finish.
    Caravan vehicles: Riders must heed instructions from course officials. Do not pass the Lead Event Vehicle at any time.
  • Cut-off times: For course management and road safety, all Granfondo riders must be at the Fairview Golf Course aid station by 2:30 p.m. and at the White Lake Observatory aid station by 3 p.m. Riders outside of these times will be asked to leave the course, your timing chip and number will be removed, and you will be offered a ride to the finish area. The finish line closes at 4 p.m.
  • Treat course workers and volunteers with kindness and respect: We want our crew and volunteers to have a great time too. Abuse of PGAMO volunteers will not be tolerated; smiles and thank-yous will.
  • Right to refuse entry: The event organizers reserve the right to refuse entry into the event if any of the above rules are violated by a participant.
Event Policies


Event Policies


Package Pick Up (PPU) & Event Waiver

Riders must bring photo ID and sign their own event waiver in person at PPU during regular PPU hours. PPU will not be available on the day of the event.


There are no refunds for the 2017 Prospera Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan (PGAMO) events. Unfortunately, there are no exceptions. However, we recognize that injuries and unforeseen events can happen. As a result, we have two policies in place to help registered participants should they be unable to ride in the 2017 PGAMO.

Roll-Over Policy

In the event of an injury or unforeseen circumstance, the Roll-Over Policy allows riders to defer their registration (minus a nominal fee) to the next year. The roll-over system for participants registered in the 2017 PGAMO will be in effect from now through June 15, 2017 (2 p.m. PDT).

For those who applied to roll-over your registration by the deadline, you will be sent a roll-over confirmation e-mail following the 2017 event, along with instructions on registration procedures for the 2018 event.

Transfer Policy

In addition to transferring to a different category, a registered rider can also transfer an event entry to another individual using the user account created when you first registered. Please note there is a transfer fee of $30 + tax (processing fee included). A registered rider can transfer an event entry to another rider by June 29, 2017 (2 p.m. PDT).

Category Change Policy

As a registered participant, you can also change the category in which you’re currently registered. Please note that no refunds are provided for individuals switching categories to a lower priced category (e.g., Granfondo to Cortofondo), however, there will be a charge of the price difference between two categories when switching to a higher priced category (e.g., Cortofondo to Mediofondo).

2017 PGAMO Youth (14 to18 years) Rider Policy:

A rider aged between 14 and 18 years of age is considered a youth rider. Rider age is the age of the rider on the day of the event (July 9, 2017). Riders under 14 are not eligible to enter.

All youth riders must have:
• the consent of a parent or guardian;
• some experience of group riding;
• a solid understanding of road riding safety and etiquette;
• their waiver signed by parent/guardian at Package Pick-Up; and,
• present proof of age and photo ID at Package Pick-Up.

Under 16 (U16) Riders: Only ‘coached’ riders under 16 years are allowed to ride. ‘Coached’ riders are defined as:
• U 16 riders who are an active member of a Cycling BC affiliated club with a youth program or;
• Riders who present a letter from a certified NCCP cycling coach. The letter must provide the coaches certification, coaches experience with the rider and confirm that the rider has been instructed in road riding safety and had demonstrated that they are capable of safely riding in a mass participation ride.

Riders under 16 are only eligible to participate in the Cortofondo (55 km) or Mediofondo (92 km) at the discretion of the organize.