For those wanting to see the beauty of the mountainous lake shore on two wheels, it’s not too late to sign up for the Creston-Kootenay Lake Gran Fondo.
Originally set to take place on June 18, the event was rescheduled for Oct. 1 due to rainy weather.
After a two-year hiatus during the pandemic, this year’s ride will build on the success of the inaugural Kootenay Lake Gran Fondo that was held on Sept. 21, 2019, which saw 130 participants.
Now with a new name, the event has been organized by the Rotary Club of Creston and sponsored by the Town of Creston, RE/MAX Discovery Creston, and the Creston and District Credit Union.
Competitive cyclists looking for a challenge will appreciate the aggregate elevation gain of more than 1,500 metres over a 151-kilometre (94 mile) route that includes a combination of mountain switchbacks, stunning lake shoreline, and agricultural valley.
On the 97-kilometre (61 mile) Medio and 56-kilometre (35 mile) Piccolo routes, riders will enjoy the southern end of Kootenay Lake with the beautiful mountainous horizon, as well as the lush valley views of Canyon-Lister.
Register online at crestonkootenaylakegranfondo.com/register. Discounted registration rates are available until Sept. 15. Registration includes a t-shirt, water bottle, CLIF Bar, continental breakfast, pre-ride stretch, mobile medical and mechanical support, post-ride lunch with beverage, and more.
Ride maps and videos of portions of each route are also available on the website.
Net proceeds of the event go towards funding local Rotary community projects.