College cyclists gear up for campus-to-campus ride

Okanagan College cyclists to connect the dots between all four campuses with a three-day open ride June 21 to 23

An ambitious group of Okanagan College cyclists have decided to connect the dots between all four campuses with a three-day open ride June 21 to 23.

“This is unlike any other event in the region,” said Markus Heinrichs, OC4 Cyclosportif organizer and geography professor.

“The community is going to have a chance to learn something about this unique region, visit each campus, get some exercise and enjoy some great gourmet food.”

Registration for the event is open to everyone for $100 the first day, and $25 for each additional day. To register, and learn more about OC4 Cyclosportif, visit www.okanagan.bc.ca/OC4.

Proceeds from the event will create bursaries for the college’s two nursing programs.

Heinrichs emphasizes this is not a race.

Riders can select anyone of the three day’s events, or the entire OC4 Cyclosportif. They can also choose to ride a portion of the course, and still take part.

“I can’t imagine anyone training for this,” said Heinrichs, who is a regular triathlete.

“But to get the most out of it, cyclists should be able to ride for three to four hours.”

The first leg starts in Salmon Arm. It’s the shortest and easiest leg, mostly downhill on back roads to the Vernon campus.

The second day, riders will head from Vernon through Lake Country to the Kelowna campus.

The final, and most challenging leg, will see cyclists make their way from Kelowna down to Penticton.

Each day will include draw prizes and a meal featuring beverages in Vernon from Okanagan Spirits, in Kelowna from Urban Distilleries, and in Penticton from Maple Leaf Spirits.

“I’d like people to see how great the College is and associate OC4 Cyclosportif with the best event in the valley,” said Heinrichs.