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Gran Fondo registration deadline approaching

Taylor Rocca

The registration deadline for the Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo is quickly approaching.

Those interested in riding in the second-annual cycling event must register to do so by Aug. 31 at 11:59 p.m. (MST).

The Gran Fondo features three rides the Piccolo Fondo, Medio Fondo and Gran Fondo all of which begin and end at St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino outside of Cranbrook.

The Piccolo Fondo spans 57 km from the golf course to the North Star Rails to Trails pathway system. The Medio Fondo, a 102-km ride, takes cyclists from St. Eugene along Rails to Trails before cruising past Fort Steele. The Gran Fondo is a gruelling 152-km ride. All three rides also travel through the Kimberley Platzl.

Last year, 260 riders registered for the event. Registration for the 2014 edition of the Gran Fondo has already surpassed that mark.

Money raised through the event goes towards maintenance and upgrades on the North Star Rails to Trails path system as well as the Pain the Train Project.

Prior to the ride, Juno Award-winning singer-songwriter Barney Bentall will sing the Canadian national anthem. Following the event, Bentall will once again grace those in attendance for the post-ride dinner at St. Eugene. The native of Toronto will perform a few solo numbers in addition to a handful of tunes with the help of some special guests.

Riders can commit to the Piccolo ride for $119, the Medio for $159 or the Gran Fondo for $179.

The Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo is presented by Taylor Adams Chartered Accountants and organized by the Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary Club.

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