Event Policies


Event Policies


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
signing the waiver document.

Personal insurance

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.

Roll-Over Policy

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.

Transfer Policy

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 info@granfondoaxelmerckx.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: info@granfondoaxelmerckx.com 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.