A great post from one of this year's riders: Cool Camaraderie at Kootenay Rockies Gran FondoThe Bucket Rider - Cool Camaraderie at Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo
Our second Kootenay Fondo (we were here the 1st year), it just keeps getting better and better. Course was very well marked, with lots of volunteers. Coming into the first aid station in Kimberly was amazing. Thanks to all the volunteers who swept as well (shoulder was in great shape). Great job all round! Love the size, very well run but not as intimidating as the bigger ones. Also attended the kids Fondo, great fun for the younger ridersAnonymous 2015
You guys put on the best gran fondo I've ever done. thank you so much to all the volunteers, they did great. I love all the food and water at the aid stations. iIll spread the word about this race. It’s amazing. Well doneAnonymous 2015
Loved the friendly non-competitive aspect of this event. Your Aid stations were super and everyone was really positive and encouraging. Thank you!Anonymous 2015
Thank you for another exceptionally well-run event. We have enjoyed both years now and will look forward to returning again next year.
P.S. The $5 gift cards for the casino were a welcome novelty for those of us who have never stepped into a casinoAnonymous 2015
I've competed in sports events since I was a kid and this by far was the most fun, and best organized event I have ever participated in. The communities of Cranbrook and Kimberly should be proud of the TOP NOTCH QUALITY volunteers who made the "KRGF" so enjoyable. The venue and everything was absolutely outstanding!!!! Can't wait till next year!! Thank you!!!Anonymous 2015
This was my first Fondo and honestly, it was a great first time! Couldn’t make it better! Bravo!Anonymous 2014
This first-ever Gran Fondo was a fun and well-organized participation event.
Thank you to the Sunrise Rotary Club, the other service clubs, and the many volunteers for a job well done.We are planning already to register for KRGF-2014.Patricia Stock – Cranbrook
I just want to say thank you for organizing such a great event! It was awesome, lots of people, great course and overall a great ride! Thank you for all your hardwork can’t wait until next year!Jordan Vandermolen – Age 16 Cranbrook
Thank you for your quality organization and attention to the priorities to give this inaugural GF a good start.John Mandryk (Chairman, North Star Rails To Trails Society)
A huge thank you to the sponsors, organizers and communities for an excellent inaugural Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo experience last Sunday. Most places can put on an "event" but your unique location and community spirit allows for an event, in a "world class" setting with the full support of the hosting communities. The paved Rails to Trails portion, with the bridge over the river, is a tremendous asset to have in your area. The organization was impeccable and the aid stations, road crossing patrols,after ride buffet, live music and swag bag were all "over the top". It was great to see locals parked along the route offering encouragement to the riders. There was definitely some serious thought put into this event to facilitate 3 different ride lengths which all finished at the same starting point, thus eliminating the stress full logistics involved for the riders, volunteers and spectators when the start and finish are different geographical points. The "ultimate" was the downhill finish; it made me feel like a kid again. The bar has been set and I’m looking forward to next year.William McKenzie (Langley, BC)
The “ultimate” was the downhill finish, it made me feel like a kid again.Anonymous 2014
The organization was impeccable and the aid stations, road crossing patrols, after ride buffet, live music and swag bag were all “over the top”. It was great to see locals parked along the route offering encouragement to the riders.Anonymous 2014