News from Kamloops

January 3, 2013

Kamloops Indoor GranFondo

Kamloops, B.C. - The City of Kamloops, the MS Society and PacificSport are pleased to announce the first ever Indoor GranFondo.

What is a GranFondo? Loosely translated from Italian, Gran Fondo means "big ride". These rides are often a hundred kilometres or more and designed for a large number of cyclists at a variety of skill levels - everyone from the competitive cyclist to the amateur enjoy these events. The City of Kamloops, PacificSport and the MS Society are proud to present an indoor GranFondo.

The GranFondo takes place on Sunday, February 10th, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Tournament Capital Centre Fieldhouse. Participants can ride for 6 hours, 4 hours, 2 hours, or any open amount of time, with all riders finishing together at 4:00 pm, led by local Olympic cyclist Catharine Pendrel. Cost is $50 for adults, $25 for youth aged 13 to 18 and children are free. All proceeds go to benefit the MS Society of Kamloops.

Participants can bring their own bike and bike trainer (bicycle stand), or a limited number of bike trainers will be available for rent. A limited number of spin bikes are also available for free.

Registration includes assistance with set-up, a custom yoga mat, concierge service, aid stations, and a ticket to the social after the event. There is also an option at registration to sign up for the Saturday night carb-loading dinner.

Come enjoy an active Family Day weekend at the Tournament Capital Centre, featuring free entertainment, bike challenges, and speakers on stage throughout the event. There will also be a free swim from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, Kidzone, Tots Parade, Workshops, and Cycling Expo, plus much more.

Go to to register. Register by January 15th and be entered to win a one-month pass to the TCC. For more information visit the Facebook page at Kamloops Indoor GranFondo.

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Media Contact:
Alex de Chantal, Community and Wellness Event/
Project Coordinator
City of Kamloops