Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)




What will the 2021 event look like?
Obviously the last 18 months have been challenging for everyone. We’re looking forward to delivering a quality, safe event again on September 19th, 2021. This year, participants can expect some changes to the course (most notably, the addition of the Green Lake Road out-and-back, and the subtraction of the Summerland section), as well as the wave start at the beginning of the ride. For 2021, the event will feature three distance categories (Cortofondo, Mediofondo and Granfondo), as opposed to the usual four. All of these changes were initiated to improve participant safety and to allow us some flexibility should COVID-19 restrictions change abruptly. Our team is working feverishly to enhance all the on- and off-route offerings.

Will additional general registration entries be available for the 10 th Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan (September 19th, 2021)?
Due to a large number of roll-overs from 2020, and the 400 spots that were sold earlier in March 2021, we only have a limited number of available entry spots. These will go on sale on Tuesday, July 13 th at 9 a.m. through our website and registration partner, CCN Bikes.

What changes are being considered to make the event “COVID-19 safe”?
In July 2021, the Government of British Columbia signalled that outdoor sporting events – like the 10th Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan (September 19th in Penticton, B.C., Canada) – are now largely free of COVID restrictions. Phase 3 of the Province’s ReStart program also includes Canada-wide recreational travel (so inter-provincial travel is allowed). For US and International travellers, we are still awaiting additional information and a timeline from federal authorities for cross-border travel. That said, we are optimistic that fully vaccinated international participants will be granted entry into Canada by September.

Despite the lifting of restrictions, our event will activate a comprehensive communicable disease prevention plan, that will include hand sanitizer stations, available masks, proesses/plans to limit high traffic/congregation points, etc…

How do the Wave Starts work?
Wave starts will be based on anticipated average speed and limited to 45 riders per wave, with a 3-minute gap between waves. The longest categories (e.g. Granfondo) will start first. Participants will be assigned to check-in to one of three pre-start muster points at a designated time. From the muster point, you will move up to the start line just prior to your start time. Physical distancing will be maintained, and masks will be required in the pre-start area. Electronic chip timing will be used and considered as your official time.

Are the course routes changing for 2021?
2021 will no doubt see changes to the course routes – largely as a result of the introduction of wave starts to maintain social distancing. The change to wave starts has increased the time it will take to get everyone started. This extended start time would require keeping some roads closed for too long. For 2021, the event will feature three distance categories (Cortofondo, Mediofondo and Granfondo) as opposed to the usual four.

Will there be any festivities after the event?
We are actively working to restore a festival-like atmosphere to our Finish Area. Details will soon be available.

2020 Registrant Roll-Overs

Registration for the 2021 Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan (GFAMO) is now open for participants who previously registered for the 2020 edition. 2020 registrants can use their roll-over credit – provided as a result of the cancellation of the 2020 GFAMO – to register for the 2021 event at no additional cost. These participants will re-register using their original contact
information (i.e. the same e-mail address used in 2020). We encourage you to use your roll-over credit and register early.

I registered for 2020, but I can’t make it to the event in 2021, what should I do?
Just like in previous years, you can transfer your registration to another participant. The roll over credit itself cannot be transferred, so you will have to register first for the 2021 event – using your own roll over credit – and then you would transfer your 2021 registration to another participant. More information on our transfer policies can be accessed here:

Do I have to ride in the same category that I registered for in 2020?
If you were registered in the Granfondo, Velocefondo, Mediofondo or Cortofondo category in 2020, you can register in any category of your choosing for 2021. Please note that for 2021, only the Granfondo, Mediofondo and Cortofondo distance categories will be available.

This FAQ should answer many of your questions relating to the Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan (GFAMO). If you have questions or need more clarification, please e-mail us at:, and we will do our best to reply to you as soon as possible.