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15-year-old Kelowna cyclist wins L’Alpe de Grand Blanc road race

Conor Martin crosses the finish line in first place.
Image Credit: Contributed/Big White Ski Resort
July 24, 2016 - 5:30 PM

KELOWNA - Today, 15-year-old Connor Martin won the L’Alpe de Grand Blanc road bike race for the second year in a row.

The starting gun went off at 9:00 a.m. today, July 24, at the East Kelowna Community Hall. A total of 136 riders raced 60 km to Big White Road and finished at the Big White Ski Resort Village, according to a release.

It’s quite a feat to finish the race, let alone win it two years in a row.

“It was a lot harder to break away at the beginning than last year. But the weather was much nicer, which made the race easier – last year, it was so cold I couldn’t shift the gears,” Martin said.

Marg Fedyna, a 51-year-old cyclist was the first female to cross the finish line.

“It feels great to win this year. It was a hard effort with the hill climb, fortunately there were people to work with along the way. The wind was strong but it was a lovely day, sunshine can’t be beat, and it was great to see such a good turnout,” Fedyna said.  

The prize for the oldest competitor went to 80-year-old Cliff Serwa, co-founder of Big White Ski Resort.

The exhausted cyclists were met with in the Village Centre with free massages, live music by Cod Gone Wild, a kids carnival and a barbecue.

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