Special thanks to Valley First Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan participants

The inaugural Valley First Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan is officially in the record books. Whether you rode the Mediofondo (92km) or the Granfondo (160km), we hope you enjoyed your day under the hot South Okanagan sun. And we really hope you can join us again next year for the 2nd annual Valley First Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan on July 8th, 2012. Read below for more details. And thanks again for a great weekend!

In the Granfondo category, 2011 Canadian National Road Racing and Time Trial Champion, Svein Tuft, rode away from the masses over the 160 km distance in a time of 3 hours and 57 minutes (average of 40.5 km/h). Others of note include Axel Merckx in 4 hours and 12 minutes, and former Vancouver Canuck, Trevor Linden, completed the course in 4 hours and 18 minutes.

In the Mediofondo category, Carolyn Russell of Vancouver, B.C. surged near the end for a 2 hour and 36 minute finish. Eddy Merckx and Jodi Merckx (Axel’s wife) finished together in 2 hours and 48 minutes, while Iron Chef Rob Feenie completed the 92 km route in 2 hours and 49 minutes.

Full results are available here! Please click appropriate category:

Teams Female
Teams Male
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Teams Female
Teams Male
Teams Mix

Don’t delay in registering for the 2nd Annual Valley First Granfondo Axel Merckx, July 8th, 2012!

All for a good cause…

Thanks to your participation in this year’s event, we’ve raised substantial funds for the Axel Merckx Youth Development Program, as well as the Feed the Valley initiative.

On Monday morning, we dropped off our extra event food to the local Salvation Army – including eight large boxes of mixed mini bagels, 250 apples, 60 boxes of granola bars, 300 bags of chips, 12 boxes of squiggles ( X 80 per box), and about 10lbs of trail mix. We look forward to continuing our commitment to Feed the Valley.


Feedback and photos

Later this week, we will be sending you a survey to enhance next year’s event to continue our commitment to give you, our participants, an event that not only meets, but exceeds, expectations.  If you have some thoughts on how to improve the Valley First Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan, please contact us at: info@granfondoaxelmerckx.com.

For those looking for photos, our photography partner MarathonFoto captured all of yesterday’s action. In approximately one week, you’ll receive an e-mail from them with information on your event day photos.

Also, if you have some photos from yesterday’s event, please post them on our official Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/gfaxelmerckx.

The organizers would like to thank title sponsor, Valley First, as well as all of the partners of the 2011 Valley First Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan. An additional thanks to the City of Penticton, Argo Road Maintenance, and the towns of Summerland, Okanagan Falls, Oliver and Kaleden.

Thank you again and we hope to see you in 2012. Safe travels!


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