The Granfondo category features more than 1,430 m of elevation gain along the South Okanagan’s most scenic roads. The ride starts with a ride up Vancouver Hill, through Upper Bench Road, and then straight south along Main street 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 continues west of Oliver to Willowbrook, where cyclists will enter the new out-and-back section along the scenic Green Lake Road (passing Mahoney Lake and Green Lake) before turning around at See Ya Later Ranch. 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 five aid stations spaced roughly every 25 km, and passes as many as 25 of Canada’s top wineries.
In the Granfondo category, prizes will be awarded to the ‘top male team’, ‘female team’ and ‘mixed team’.