Big White Ski Resort, now open for the summer season, is scheduled to host its third annual L’Alpe de Grand Blanc road bike ride on July 23rd.
L’Alpe de Grand Blanc is a challenging valley-to-village 60km road ride from Kelowna to Big White. Riders are treated to a fully supported ride with multiple rest stops along the route as well as a commemorative t-shirt, Big White souvenirs, and a free burger and Okanagan Springs beer or Sunrype Cider at the end of the day.
The event started three years ago to engage Kelowna’s cycling community and give local riders a challenging but enjoyable road ride.
“Participating in this event is the best, safest and most enjoyable way to tackle the ascent of Big White,” says Trevor Hanna, Vice President of Hospitality at Big White Ski Resort. “In local cycling circles, the Big White climb is the crown jewel of the Okanagan, so we want to celebrate everyone’s effort with on-course support and encouragement along with a great post-ride celebration.”
All local cyclists, from casual to competitive, are encouraged to sign up and participate in this flagship summer event. Even local Olympian Kelsey Serwa will be taking part in the race this year, alongside her grandfather and Big White co-founder, Cliff Serwa.
The event offers two distances: the full 60km ride from Kelowna, as well as a free youth/kids race, a 9.8km hill climb starting at Gem Lake parking lot and ending in the Village. New this year is the Swagman “King and Queen of the Mountain” competition, with prizes going to the fastest man and woman to complete the Black Mountain section of the course.
Overall men’s and women’s winners will each receive a cash prize and a limited edition ‘polka dot’ jersey, in keeping with the traditions of the Tour de France. Many great draw prizes will also be given out during the awards presentation. Family and friends are all welcome to visit Big White Village and cheer on the racers as they cross the finish line. Live entertainment, a post-ride BBQ, cold refreshments, and an outdoor kids carnival will be waiting upon their arrival.
Registration to participate is still available, starting at $65 for an individual adult rider and $150 for a three-person team. For more all event information or to register now, visit the L’Alpe de Grand Blanc event page.
For a glimpse of what’s to come, watch the 2017 L’Alpe de Grand Blanc teaser trailer!