What is The Intrepid Stage Ride?

The "Intrepid" is like nothing you've ever seen or done (unless, of course, you're a former professional bicycle racer from the 1920's). Embodying the classical traditions and spirit of cycling, "The Intrepid" is the perfect two-wheeled to begin or finish a season. Each ride is thoughtfully powered by the legendary Italian cycling brand De Rosa Bikes

Breathtaking scenery and heart pounding thrills await those who dare to pursue personal and team success on this three-day multi-stage event; each day's rich reward include sumptuous meals, luxurious accommodation and fraternal gatherings.

You will experience some of the most incredible paths and roads less traveled in British Columbia's Okanagan Valley as you work to claim your own honours amongst a select group of like-minded adventurists.

You and your team pulled off an absolutely fantastic event. The atmosphere was incredible and the feat of this adventure together unforgettable. Albeit tough, this truly ranks up there with one of the coolest experiences I’ve been part of.
— Nikola Girke (Three-Time Canadian Olympian)
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‘Best cycling experience of my life.’
- Jay

While the specific details of each day’s course will only be revealed closer to the event, riders can be assured that the carefully-curated route will include the best of the Okanagan.  

Rolling hills giving way to majestic lake vistas and serene vineyards leading to heart-in-your-throat climbs; the route has been precisely planned to take advantage of the finest country roads the area has to offer. 

The stages will offer challenges that will push you to discover your inner strength.

Though the journey of the Intrepid is challenging, your transportation to and from the event in the Okanagan need not.  We have coach transportation for you and your trusty steed from and to Vancouver, and for those on a tighter timeline, Air Canada has hourly flights to and from Kelowna that allow you to work Thursday and be home Sunday night.  We can even assist with bike and shuttle services.

It’s still sinking in how brilliant The Intrepid weekend was. It was the most amazing experience on the bike for me and I can’t wait until registration opens for next year. You and your entire team deserved every kudo and thank you that was sent your way. You’ll no doubt need a while yet to fully absorb the event, but I wanted to let you know how much I appreciated being part of it.
— Michael

The Intrepid is an intimate cycling experience; it is neither geared towards the novice rider nor exclusive to those with an elite riding pedigree.

The Intrepid is designed to challenge but is accessible to those with fortitude.  Participants should train and be prepared and be confident in their capacity to complete the event. The 2013 inaugural year had a range of highly experienced cyclists to someone who had never completed a cycling event and had just over 500km's under his belt. Teamwork and the fraternity of the group allowed all starters in 2013 to complete each day and the entire course.

Those who can manage cycling a course between 120 - 170 KM that sees considerable elevation changes will comfortably be able to complete each day’s rigours, particularly given that riders are prone to getting stronger with each successive day. Keep in mind that you will not be alone, before, during or after the event.  Extensive support will include, mechanical, medical, static and mobile aid, and a finely-honed nutrition plan.

Anyone who has completed a GranFondo, should feel comfortable registering.

I must say, completing the Intrepid was a life changing experience for me. At first I was pretty intimidated when I saw the distance and elevation gains for the three days. I am not an elite athlete nor did I train 6 months prior to the event! The course was extremely challenging but is set in one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to. I was pushed to my limits, but with the camaraderie of the other cyclists, the great food and accommodations, the event support, all helped make it possible to finish with a smile on my face each day. I could not have been happier to have experienced the “Intrepid” and recommend this event to anyone who has a developing passion for cycling and adventure.
— Bejan


In a partnership with GranFondo Canada, The Intrepid Stage Ride is pleased to introduce Club Prestigio, a frequent rider club for dedicated granfondo riders. Club Prestigio is open to everyone who has ridden in any past GranFondo Canada or Intrepid Stage Ride event since 2010. Rewards include SWAG, discounts and upgrades.

For this year only, register for the GranFondo Banff, GranFondo Whistler and the Intrepid Stage Ride by June 1st and you'll be upgraded to Alta Classe in the granfondo of your choice. Full details.

I thought your vision for the 3 days was truly remarkable. I can’t wait for 2.0!
— Trevor