If you’re going to be out and about on South Okanagan highways this weekend, expect to have some company — lots of it — of the two-wheeled kind.
Upwards of 2,500 bike riders are expected to gear up and race the roads of the region this Sunday as a part of the ninth annual Prospera Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan.
Riders from across the globe, ranging from 12 years of age all the way to 91 – and even some celebrities – will depart Penticton starting at 7 a.m. en route to Summerland. The trip will then take them through Kaleden, Okanagan Falls and Oliver — as far south as Road 22 — for a total of 160 km.
Part proceeds from the event will benefit the not-for-profit Axel Merckx Youth Development Foundation, which promotes and helps steers the future of young Canadian cyclists.
The event runs the entire weekend, with the 160-km Granfondo race kicking off Sunday, and a variety of other events today and Saturday.