The Penticton Peach Festival and RPR Heating & Air Conditioning have announced the RPR PeachDuro will be held Sunday, Aug. 7 at Three Blind Mice. (Left to right) RPR owner Terry Olfert; Peach Festival president Don Kendall; Peach Festival director Josh Shulman; and RPR owner Leanne Diack. (Submitted)

The Penticton Peach Festival and RPR Heating & Air Conditioning have announced the RPR PeachDuro will be held Sunday, Aug. 7 at Three Blind Mice. (Left to right) RPR owner Terry Olfert; Peach Festival president Don Kendall; Peach Festival director Josh Shulman; and RPR owner Leanne Diack. (Submitted)

Penticton Peachfest adding mountain biking event

The family-geared race will be held at the scenic Three Blind Mice Trail

Penticton’s Peach Festival is bringing back old favourites and new events with their first enduro-style cycling competition added to 2022’s 75th festival this August.

The PeachFest RPR Heating & Air Conditioning PeachDuro will be held at the Three Blind Mice Trail above the Naramata Bench, and the festival’s organizers hope it will become an annual family favourite.

The short course will be geared towards the younger racers and new riders looking to get a feel for what it is like to race bikes. The long course is designed for the more serious, competitive racers and will have a cash prize for the fastest racers of the day.

“Riders will be treated to challenging climbs, epic views and fast technical descents in a race against others and themselves,” said Josh Shulman, one of the directors of Peach Festival.

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Shulman believes the event is perfect for PeachFest as the two different courses make it inviting for the entire cycling family to participate.

The RPR PeachDuro will take place on Sunday, Aug. 7, starting at 8 a.m. Awards and an aprés race social will take place at Origin Wines.

The RPR PeachDuro will include a short course, with two timed stages, and a long course, with five timed stages. Registration is $78 for the long course and $53 for the short course – this includes your entry fee, swag and a good time on a bike. All riders under 16 must ride/race with a guardian.

The event will be capped at 200 riders, so organizers are encouraging cyclists to register as soon as possible so they don’t miss out on this inaugural event. Register online at www.peachfest.com/peachduro.

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