2016 Prospera Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan

This blog post is for information only, and is from the Granfondo Axel Merckx website.


Ride Hard.


The 2016 Prospera Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan (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, Granfondo Women’s Night, and of course, the Big Ride on Sunday, July 10th. Stay tuned for more updates about the 2016 event.

The Ride

Some cyclists will ride casually. Others will race. The beauty of the 2016 Prospera Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan (PGAMO) is that everyone will finish in Penticton with a smile on his/her face. All ride categories start at 7 a.m. from Penticton’s Gyro Park (also the site of the Finish Area).Ride Categories




Nestled between Lake Okanagan and Skaha Lake, Penticton, B.C. has been ranked as Canada’s top cycling destination. With over 60 wineries within a 20 minutes drive, a local farmers market, beautiful beaches and loads of festivals and events throughout the year, Penticton and the South Okanagan has something for the entire family. Penticton is indeed one of Canada’s best-loved vacation spots, with millions of visitors flocking each year to its semi-arid desert climate.


Penticton offers an amazing array of accommodations to fit just about anyone’s preference and budget.

Ramada Penticton is the official host hotel of the 2015 Prospera Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan. Other accommodations – from camping and budget motels to high-end hotels and B&Bs – can be searched via Explore Penticton at: http://explorepenticton.com.

Getting to Penticton

For a map of Penticton, click here.

By Air

  • Penticton Regional Airport (www.cyyf.ca) has great air service from Vancouver. Air Canada Jazz offers daily scheduled flights at the Penticton Regional Airport with connecting flights to all Canadian and International Destinations. WestJet recently launched daily non-stop flights between Calgary, AB and Penticton.
  • Kelowna International Airport (www.kelownaairport.com) is the 10th busiest airport in Canada with daily direct departures to Seattle, Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto. Kelowna is approximately 60km North of Penticton, and shuttle services, as well as rental vehicles, are available.

By Vehicle or Bus

Penticton, BC is easily accessed via Highway 97 from the US and other Okanagan locations. Highway 16, Highway 1 and Highway 93 provide access to the South Okanagan from Alberta. Vancouver is a five-hour drive from Penticton on either of two different routes.

Greyhound Lines of Canada Ltd. (www.greyhound.ca) connects Penticton with destinations across Canada. To reserve in Canada, call 1-800-661-TRIP (8747). For connecting service to the United States, call 1-800-231-2222. For the Penticton depot, call 250-493-4101.


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