Photo: Josh Shulman
10-year-old Stone Shulman shows off his skills at Three Blind Mice.
There’s a new cycling event coming to the Penticton Peach Festival this year, hoping to make its mark and stick around for years to come.
The “PeachDuro” will take place on the Three Blind Mice trail system on August 7, the final day of this year’s triumphant Peach Fest return.
It is sponsored by the festival itself, RPR Heating & Air Conditioning, the Penticton and Area Cycling Association and Freedom Bike Shop. Bikers as young as 12 are invited to sign up for the family run which will start and end at Origin Winery.
Class 1 e-bikes are also welcome in the race, making PeachDuro the first enduro race of its kind in British Columbia to feature e-bike racing.
Riders can choose between two courses depending on their skill, experience and sense of adventure.
The short course includes 450 meters of elevation gain and three timed race stages on green and blue runs. For those looking for more of a challenge, the long course requires 850 meters of elevation gain and offers five timed racing stages on black, blue and green rated runs.
Runners will be hydrated and fed during their race lap at two aid stations along the course.
Hydration and electrolyte-based snacks from Skratch Labs and 7 Summits will be available for runners, and one of the aid stations will even serve fresh-cooked bacon courtesy of Tony’s Meats.
And at the finish line, race organizer Josh Shulman of Freedom Bike Shop plans to offer food at WoodWood Pizzeria and Wienery.
Beer and wine will also be served for adults courtesy of Origin Winery, Slackwater Brewery and Firehall Brewery, as well as an assortment of games to play in the arrival/meeting area as well as live music courtesy to Oliver’s “Desert Arms”. .
Freedom Bike Shop will also be arranging shuttles to the beach so riders can cool off in the lake after their rides are over.
And if you’re not the cycling type but want to have some fun, you’re always welcome. Race organizers invite spectators to head out to the trail network to cheer and heckle the runners as they complete their lap of the race on Tsweet Tsu located just near the bottom of the Three Blind Mice network.
Those who are not running are also welcome to come and enjoy food, drinks, games and music.
Potential participants can register now for races on August 7 online here.