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VIDEO: Kettle Mettle Gravel Fondo Returns to the KVR Trails

The oldest Gravel Fondo in Western Canada was back again this Salturday in Penticton after its pandemic hiatus, with dozens of bikers taking on the Kettle Valley Rail Trail. Western Canada's Premier Gravel Fondo celebrated its 8th edition!

The 8th edition of the oldest Gravel Fondo in Western Canada, the Kettle Mettle showcased the Kettle Valley Rail Trail and the amazing scenery of the Okanagan while also providing a safe and challenging ride this weekend.

Race organizer Dean Stanton from Tri1Events, commented "When we first started the event year's ago, it was really quite small but it has grown. We have people from all over and we've added different distances. This year we had a two day ride."

"It's great to see the whole thing grow. We're coming back and hoping to build this bigger and bigger",  Stanton continued.

"The Kettle Mettle Gravel Fondo brings out participants from across Canada and the United States to Pendicton.

"85% of participants are are from outside Okanagan, 25% are from Alberta. We have less Americans this year due to COVID, but before COVID we had Americans from Oregon, Washington and Montana and Ontario. This event has a very wide reach and appeal. It's known to be a pretty cool, epic, amazing views, tressels, just awesome."

"Kettle Mettle is one of our three events, part of the Triple Crown of Gravel series. We had one on Vancouver Island earlier this year, the Cowichan Crusher and we have our last event in the series on a few weeks time, the new Sea 2 Sky Gravel Fondo in Squamish."

Register for the new Sea 2 Sky Gravel Fondo!

The Sea 2 Sky Gravel Fondo takes place in Squamish, BC and you will experience amazing mountain views, large rivers, creeks as well as wide gravel Forest Service roads on October 1st, 2022.

This brand new Gravel Fondo in British Columbia is the final round of the BC Triple Crown of Gravel series, the most respected series in Western Canada.

The Sea 2 Sky Gravel Fondo features three routes; a 25km Beginner Fondo, a 50km Medio Fondo and a full 92km Fondo and caters for all abilities of cyclists from beginners to advanced, and takes place all on gravel roads.

There are individual and team competitions and the team results are based on combined times, this year there is prize money for the top 3 overall male and female riders on the full 90km Fondo route!

The start and finish is in the Squamish River Valley.

This is a great event with a post celebration including a race meal with cold beer, music and a souvenir t-shirt and tons of draw prizes!  

The Sea to Sky Gravel Fondo takes place on the traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the Skwxwu7mesh (Squamish) and the Selílwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Registration is still open, limited spots left for the inaugural ride on October 1st!

The Sea 2 Sky Gravel Fondo takes place in the Squamish, BC on October 1st, 2022.