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Granfondo needs volunteers

Competitors in a previous Granfondo event round a corner in downtown Penticton. Volunteers are urgently needed to help with a variety of tasks at this year’s ride, including directing participants along the proper routes. This year’s Prospera Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan is Sunday, July 13.   - Western News file photo
Competitors in a previous Granfondo event round a corner in downtown Penticton. Volunteers are urgently needed to help with a variety of tasks at this year’s ride, including directing participants along the proper routes. This year’s Prospera Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan is Sunday, July 13.
— image credit: Western News file photo

Susan Robinson has just the ticket for people wanting to experience one of the province’s premiere cycling events at ground level.

The volunteer co-ordinator for the July 13 Prospera Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan is still searching for a number of good men and women to help in a variety of duties.

“It’s a lot of hard work but this also gives people an opportunity to be part of a world-class event because we have participants from around the world participating,” said Robinson, who is in her first granfondo at the co-ordinator’s position. “This is in the upper echelon and we really want to put our best foot forward. And besides, where else would you have the chance to mingle with the likes of Clara Hughes and Axel Merckx?”

Hughes is riding in this year’s event and is described as one of Canada’s top Olympic athletes, having won medals in two sports, speed skating and cycling.

Merckx, as well as being an Olympic medalist, is a former professional rider, having a long list of victories to his credit as well as multiple Tour de France appearances.

“It’s really an event to remember,” said Robinson.

The specific need right now is for another 75 or more people to round out the more than 400-plus who give of themselves to make the event happen.

“People are very generous in Penticton when it comes to volunteering,” she added. “Without them there is just no way we do something on this scale. A lot of the time it is the same people who come out, I just hope we haven’t burned them out.”

Specifically, the jobs Robinson is looking to fill involve routing signallers for cyclists, people to remove timing chips at the finish line as well as post nutrition and hydration station staff.

Experience is not required and the necessary training will be provided.

Those interested in volunteering can go online to see the positions available and register.

 

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