Long journey to Penticton for missing mountain biker

A missing mountain biker believed to be on Little White Mountain turned up in downtown Penticton Sunday evening.

A missing mountain biker believed to be on Little White Mountain turned up in downtown Penticton Sunday evening.

RCMP activated search and rescue on Oct. 2 when they received a report of missing mountain biker Michael Mitchuk at 4:52 p.m. He had been cycling with three friends at Little White Mountain.

The search for the missing 25-year-old man began immediately with the assistance of the Southeast District RCMP’s fixed wing aircraft.

At 10:37 p.m. RCMP said Mitchuk had been located safe and sound in downtown Penticton. After becoming separated from his friends, Mitchuk ended up going down different slopes and failed to meet at the base of the trails. He continued down and followed what turned out to be a service road which led him into the Penticton area.

“The RCMP wish to thank the volunteers with Central Okanagan Search and Rescue and the man’s friends, who searched into the evening along with the RCMP fixed wing aircraft,”

Friends and family of the man said he was an experienced cyclist.