The 2016 Axel Merckx Granfondo saw close to 2

Great ride for Greater Trail cyclists at Penticton Granfondo

Cyclists from Trail and Rossland pedalled to top placings at the Penticton Granfondo on Sunday.

Greater Trail cyclists raced to the front of the pack at Penticton’s 2016 Prospera Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan (PGAMO) road race on Sunday.

Trail’s Jackson Konkin came first overall in the 55-kilometre Cortofondo, while Rossland cyclist Evelyn Cross raced to top spot in the 92-km Mediofondo for her age group, and Rino DiBiasio placed second in the 80-99 year old category.

“I know it’s kind of crazy but I climb that Rossland hill once a week, and I’ve been doing that for quite some time, and I don’t know if that helped me or what,” said Cross.

The 73-year-old Rossland resident has raced in the event since its start six years ago, and this year was her best finish yet.

Konkin, 16, blew away all comers in the 55-K event finishing in 1:33:16, and beating close to 300 racers in the Cortofondo, including the second-place finisher by over six minutes.

“It felt a lot better than last year,” said Konkin, who finished second in last year’s race. “I definitely got a lot stronger.”

About 2,700 cyclists participated in the event that included the 55-k Cortofondo, the 92-km Mediofondo, the 126-km Velocefondo, and the 160-km Granfondo.

“There are some really good bike riders up in Rossland.” says Cross. “It’s a motivator. I bike ride, I go out to Waneta and up the Pend d’Oreille … There’s more people riding in our area and I just think it’s good to cover some of that, because we have a good training ground here.”

The PGAMO is much more than an epic ride through the heart of British Columbia’s wine country. It’s an entire weekend of cycling camaraderie, family activities, Okanagan sunshine and regional delicacies. Highlights of Granfondo Weekend include the Kids’ Piccolofondo, lululemon’s Wheels and Reels, Granfondo Women’s Night, and of course, the Big Ride on Sunday.


Just Posted

Police seek witnesses to fatal weekend accident

Wayne Kernachan was struck by a vehicle while responding to an accident

Pedestrian killed on Highway 22 Saturday evening

Police say 51-year-old man died after being hit by car

UPDATE: DriveBC says highway re-opened after accident

Highway 22 closed for seven hours on Saturday

Forestry workers set to begin job action in Kootenays

Operations in Castlegar, Cranbrook, Galloway, Elko, Radium, Golden may see job action this week.

Métis Flag flies in Trail on Louis Riel Day

Area students, officials and public attend flag raising at Trail City Hall

Six students arrested, charged in sex assault probe at Toronto all-boys school

The school’s principal, Greg Reeves, described the video of the alleged sexual assault as ‘horrific’

Laine scores 3 as Jets double Canucks 6-3

Injury-riddled Vancouver side drops sixth in a row

Deportation averted for Putin critic who feared return to Russia

Elena Musikhina, a vocal critic of the Kremlin, has been granted a two-year visitor’s permit in Canada

B.C. to allow Uber-style ride hailing services to operate in late 2019

Fee will be applied to fund options for disabled people

Auditor general takes aim at Liberals’ fighter-jet plan

Suditor general Michael Ferguson is about to release a new report on Canada’s attempts to buy new fighter jets

B.C. couple converts ambulance into a traveling home

The Revelstoke couple plan on touring B.C. ski hills then driving to Mexico

Cyclist defecates, throws own poop at car following B.C. crash

Man defecates in the street before throwing it at a driver locked in her vehicle

Jamie Koe, other curlers kicked out of bonspiel for being too drunk

‘You don’t kick around other players’ bags, it’s disrespectful and we expect better of our players’

Homicide victim found under B.C. bridge identified as Hells Angels member

Chad John Wilson was one of four men arrested in Spain in 2013 on allegations of smuggling cocaine.

Most Read