Register now for the 2021 Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan, and experience one of the best cycling events in North America.
Event Waiver | Waiver of Claims and Release of Liability
In the context of this event, Waiver, Waiver Document, Release, Waiver of Claims and Release of Liability and all refer to the same document. You must sign the event waiver document during the registration process in order to participate in the event. The waiver is a legal document. By signing the waiver you agree that you understand and accept the risks and hazards of participating in the event and waive certain legal rights regarding action against parties named in the document. It is important that you read and understand the entire content of the waiver. By signing the waiver you are acknowledging that you have read, understood and agree to the terms set out in the waiver document. The waiver can be viewed by downloading the document here: Download WAIVER. We suggest that you consider seeking legal advice before signing the waiver document.
Event Waiver: You must sign the event waiver document during the registration process in order to participate in the event. The waiver is a legal document. For more information on the event waiver and our event policies, click here.
$19 for Under-19: Once again we are excited to offer under-19 participants a reduced entry fee of $19 to promote and encourage youth cycling.
Classe Speciale: Treat yourself to a VIP experience in 2021 with a Classe Speciale registration. For more details visit: www.granfondoaxelmerckx.com/classe-speciale.
All ride categories include the following services, perks and features.
- A fully supported and traffic-controlled ride on some of the most scenic roads in Western Canada.
- Official 2021 GFAMO“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 and beverages.
- Secure bike parking during post-event celebrations.
- Official 2021 event swag.
- Final results will be posted by 10-year age categories.
2021 GRANFONDO AXEL MERCKX OKANAGAN
(Limited to 400 entries)
(30km – 55km)
(80km – 95km)
(130km – 170km)
RULES AND REGULATIONS
The following are the rules for riding the 2021 Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan (GFAMO). Given the uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic, these rules are subject to change at any time prior to the event. Anyone violating these rules or subsequent version of these rules, is subject to removal from the event:
- Waiver: All participants must read and agree to the Exclusion of Liability document. The complete document can be found at: www.granfondoaxelmerckx.com/event-waiver.
- COVID-19 (subject to change & updates): Riders must comply with COVID-19 protocols as directed by the event organizer, Interior Health and/or Provincial Authorities. Participants will be required to:
- Stay away from the event if and COVID-19 symptoms are present.
- Wear masks as directed.
- Follow safe sanitary practices, including hand washing and using hand sanitizer.
- Adhere to physical distancing requirements when not riding.
- Maintain physical distancing and wear masks during all pre-start marshalling and at the start line.
- Obey all on course and aid station distancing requirements.
- Respect the safety of staff, volunteers, fellow riders and the community.
- Allow the use of personal information for contact tracing purposes.
- Helmets are mandatory: Helmets must be worn correctly and done up at all times.
- Non-standard bicycles: (e.g. tandem bicycles, recumbent, and race wheelchairs) GFAMO requires non-standard bikes to exercise extreme caution. The majority of riders may not be familiar with non-standard bicycles. GFAMO 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 and bikes with aerobars are not allowed.
- Electric Bikes are permitted in the GFAMO under the following conditions:
- The bike must be speed limited to 32km/h.
- Riders must start at the back of the start corral.
- Riders must respect the effort of self propelled riders and stay out of pace lines.
- Any team member found to be pacing with an e-bike will result in the entire team being disqualified from the team competition.
- “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. Where the route has a delineated lane closure (e.g. cones), crossing into the non-delineated lane is strictly prohibited. Many roads are open to traffic. It is up to each rider to be aware of the open road sections, to obey the BC Motor Vehicle Act and to keep as far right as possible. Do not cross the centre line (whether it is marked or not) at any time. Any rider crossing the centre line, riding dangerously or found to be violating other rules of the road will be disqualified without warning. The teams of riders who are disqualified will also be eliminated from the team competition. Disqualification will result from the report of any GFAMO staff, volunteer, course worker, Traffic Control Person, RCMP officer or Ministry of Transportation Official. All disqualifications are final and will not be subject to appeal.
- “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 traffic and other riders to pass you safely on the left.
- Course: It is your responsibility to know and follow the route.
- 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 $75 replacement fee.
- Wave start zones: Riders will be assigned to a start group of 45 riders. The group will be directed to check in at a pre-start muster point at a specific time. From the muster point the group will move to the start corral. Groups will start at 3 minute intervals.
- 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 area.
- 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, cut off times will be established for each route (TBC). 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 volunteers to stay safe and have a great time too. Abuse of GFAMO 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.
Waiver of Claims and Release of Liability
In the context of this event, Waiver, Waiver Document, Release, Waiver of Claims and Release of Liability and all refer to the same document. You must sign the event waiver document during the registration process in order to participate in the event. The waiver is a legal document. By signing the waiver you agree that you understand and accept the risks and hazards of participating in the event and waive certain legal rights regarding action against parties named in the document. It is important that you read and understand the entire content of the waiver. By signing the waiver you are acknowledging that you have read, understood and agree to the terms set out in the waiver document. We suggest that you consider seeking legal advice before signing the waiver document. The waiver can be viewed by clicking this link WAIVER or by downloading the document here: Download WAIVER. We suggest that you consider seeking legal advice before
You should talk to your insurance broker and make sure that you have adequate personal, life, disability and property insurance. Riders from outside of Canada should also make sure that they have adequate medical and emergency insurance coverage.
Event Cancellation Policy
The Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan, in accordance with and at the discretion of event organizers, municipal and provincial authorities, as well as regional law enforcement, reserves the right to cancel or alter any of the events due to unforeseen circumstances or emergency purposes such as, but not limited to weather events and related consequences (e.g. flooding), hostile threats, highway closures mandated by provincial or other authorities, wildfires and/or population health and safety concerns. If such conditions force cancellation, refunds cannot be provided since funds will have been spent in preparation for Event Day.
There are no refunds for the Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan (GFAMO) 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 2021 Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan.
In the event of an unforeseen circumstance, such as an injury or scheduling conflict, participants can now defer their 2021 entry to the following year (2022 Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan). The roll-over system for 2021 registrants is only in effect until Wednesday, August 18th, 2021 (2 p.m. PDT). All entry deferral requests must be made before that date. The cost for deferring/rolling-over an entry is $75 + tax and processing fees.
For a transfer fee of $30 + tax (processing fee included), an entry can be transferred to another individual. For example, if Person A registered for the event but decided they couldn’t attend (e.g. injury, scheduling conflict), Person A can transfer the entry to Person B. The registered participant (e.g. Person A) must e-mail the transfer request to email@example.com by Wednesday, September 15th (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). Category changes must be e-mailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, September 15th, 2021.
GFAMO 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 (September 19th, 2021). 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 organizers.