The Granfondo category features more than 1,000 m of elevation gain along the South Okanagan’s most scenic roads. The ride starts with a ride up Vancouver Hill, rolls along the highway up to Summerland for the Swagman King of the Mountain (KOM) Challenge, before proceeding back through Penticton and onto Oliver, B.C. Riders should expect some fast, flat sections alongside several lakes, and rolling hills punctuated by some >7% pitches West of Oliver. The Granfondo features a halfway lunch/rest stop at Le Vieux Pin winery (East of the Oliver town site, along Black Sage Road), where riders, should they choose, can enjoy a selection of gastronomic treats. The route continues through the White Lake Grasslands Protected Area – a beautiful, remote area that’s home to White Lake (white mineral deposits precipitate from its waters during hot summer months), as well as the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory (an internationally recognized facility for science and technology research related to radio astronomy). The Granfondo includes seven aid stations spaced roughly every 20 km, and passes as many as 34 of Canada’s top wineries.
In the Granfondo category, prizes will be awarded to the ‘top male team’, ‘female team’ and ‘mixed team’.