GranFondo impacts traffic

A major cycling event will have some impact on traffic in Vernon.

A major cycling event will have some impact on traffic in Vernon.

The second annual RBC GranFondo starts in Kelowna Saturday and runs north to Vernon along Okanagan Lake and returns to Kelowna through Lake Country.

“There will be impacts and closures along Commonage Road, Bench Row Road, Okanagan Avenue and Mission Road from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m.,” said Kirsten Mihailides, media contact.

“Cyclists will be riding on the Highway 97 southbound shoulder from 9 a.m. to noon.”

A 70-kilometre-an-hour speed limit will be enforced.

To learn about the specific traffic impact details, go to www.July14.ca.

Vernon will be hosting the start of the Medio, a 60-kilometre route that will end in downtown Kelowna.

Local residents are encouraged to take in the Medio. which will start at 9 a.m. at 30th Avenue and 34th Street.

“Come cheer on the riders and join in on the celebration,” said Mihailides.

The Medio celebration is from 8 to 10 a.m. in front of Nature’s Fare.

The activities include prizes for decorated bikes, a bike rodeo, face painting. a bouncy castle, bike tattooing and bike safety education.

More than 1,000 cyclists will participate in the GranFondo, which covers a total of 122 kilometres.

For more information abot the event, go to www.rbcgranfondokelowna.ca