Alpe de Grand Blanc 2017

Updated: Jan 14, 2020

This was a great taste of what the Okanagan has to offer. A couple of buddies, Graham Pierce & Trevor Hanna have done this one for a few years, the latter being an organizer of it. I've ridden with both of these fellas & know that they like to go up.

When in doubt, sign up, show up & go up. It's that simple. Leaving from the community center in East Kelowna, we meander a few back roads and than hit Highway 33. This takes us up until we hit the 'Big White' turn off. That's when the fun starts.

There is a 'KOM' section for this event and it near the beginning so it worth finding a good wheel to try and hold onto in the first several kilometers. The gun goes and we follow a fancy set of wheels that local car dealership August Motors lends out to us for the morning. The pace is usually a little jumpy off the start as people look for that perfect spot to draft from getting ready for the KOM. A couple punchy climbs creat