Maybe a little closer to your own heart, Mike is the RBC Gran Fondo
scheduled for July 16th in Kelowna.
Letters to the Editor are already trickling in because the GF people have applied for road closures, especially the Southbound lane of Westside Road/
Example: "... has prompted me to make local residents aware of a dangerous proposal being put forward by a for-profit sporting Event ..." "... There are no alternate routes to this area which means traffic will have to co-exist with these cyclists ..."
Westside Road is a beautiful and challenging, twisty up-and-down route. An afternoon closure of a single lane would allow this fresh-air event by a dreaded for-profit (OH NOOOOO!) sponsor [RBC] to offer a unique and challenging "Gran Fondo" experience to a field of expert riders. Not to mention the International publicity and serious cash coming into the region in tourist-challenged times.
But it will now be a battle of wills and influence between the RBC Fondo Kelowna group and the well-heeled residents of luxury lakeside communities. Will they be forced to co-exist with "these cyclists
"? Or will RBC's bankroll, experience (Whistler Gran Fondo) and political influence win out?
For the record, I'm betting on the Bank