Granfondo searching for race volunteers

The 2011 Valley First Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan is looking for volunteers for a broad range of roles.

The 2011 Valley First Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan is looking for volunteers for a broad range of roles.

“This is going to be a great event and lots of fun for all those involved,” said volunteer co-ordinator Crystal Froese. “No matter if you’re young, old, love cycling or know nothing about the sport, we look forward to seeing you.”

The Granfondo takes place on July 10 and includes a 92 kilometre, a 160 km ride and a grand celebration of all things cycling. More than 2,5000 cyclists of all skill levels will participate in a ride that will take them on a heart-thumping journey through the picturesque South Okanagan. Adding to the exciting weekend is the 2011 B.C. Provincial Masters Road Race Championships (Girofondo) and the Piccolofondo — a one to two km ride for kids.

Volunteers are needed for the whole weekend (July 8-10) and they will receive an official Valley First Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan t-shirt provided by Oakley, refreshments for the day and a chance to be part of one of the biggest cycling events in North America.

People are needed for registration, set-up, food stations, aid stations, medical and course support, finish line support and more.

“While there are many ways you can help, they all have one thing in common — you are part of the event,” said Froese. “Volunteers play a key role in creating an unforgettable experience for athletes, spectators and tourists from all over the world who will attend this great event.”

Those interested in volunteering or want to know more can visit www.granfondoaxelmerckx.com/volunteers. The website will allow you to sign up to volunteer by creating your own user name and password, choose the area you wish to volunteer for, choose the time you are available and allow you to volunteer for more than one area.

If you don’t have access to the internet call volunteer co-ordinator Froese at 250-490-6586.