Staff of Taylor Adams Chartered Professional Accountants join the Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo organizing committee to celebrate a sponsorship deal between the two

Staff of Taylor Adams Chartered Professional Accountants join the Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo organizing committee to celebrate a sponsorship deal between the two

Gran Fondo gains new title sponsor

Registration opens for Kootenay Rockies cycling event as Taylor Adams signs on

A local business is throwing its support behind the Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo as registration opens for the cycling event’s second year.

Taylor Adams Chartered Professional Accountants has signed on as title sponsor for the second annual Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo, which will be held on Sept. 7, 2014.

“Mike, myself and our staff are thrilled to be a part of supporting this premier cycling event in the Kootenay Rockies,” said Trent Taylor, firm partner. “We really liked the fact that the Gran Fondo promotes health and fitness benefits while also being a benefit for the entire community. It is a great opportunity for us to give back to the community that supported us.”

This year’s Gran Fondo will build on the success of its first event with a couple of improvements.

All three of the routes will pass through the Kimberley Platzl so that spectators will have a better chance to see the cyclists passing by.

The event will once again be hosted by St. Eugene Golf Resort and Casino, where the three routes will start and finish. Cyclists can choose from three course lengths: the Piccolo is 57 kilometres long; the Medio is 102 kilometres; and the Gran is 152 kilometres.

The ride will begin at 9 a.m., with the cyclists returning to St. Eugene by the late afternoon for a post-ride meal at the resort.

The Gran Fondo will pass by spectacular Rocky Mountain scenery as cyclists complete the route at their own pace.

More than 500 participants are expected to register, with many travelling from across Canada and the U.S. Supporting the cyclists will be more than 100 volunteers and five different community service groups.

The event will not only bring tourism to the area, but funds raised will support the North Star Rails to Trails.

“Funds raised by the event will be used to enhance and maintain the North Star Rails to Trails system, as well as support other local community service projects,” said Glenn Dobie, chairman of the organizing committee.

“With these goals in mind, we are delighted to have Taylor Adams as a partner who values community service as much as we do.

“We also hope the Gran Fondo will encourage healthier lifestyles, support our local businesses, and enhance tourism by showcasing the beauty of the Kootenay Rockies to our visitors.”

For more information or to register for the Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo, visit www.krgf.ca.