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Who cycles in winter?

All things considered, it was a pretty good day for Kelowna's Winter Bike to Work Day.

This reporter took up the challenge and joined Kelowna's winter cycling commuters on the roads in the wee hours of Friday morning.

The good news about hitting the streets before the sun rises is there's not much traffic to worry about.

"Let's see, 6:40 a.m. and we're celebrating the people who still cycle throughout the weekend," said Kelowna organizer Landon Bradshaw.

This is the fourth year for the event, which encourages year-round cyclists to join with cities around the world. The idea is to show their commitment to winter riding.

"Some of my best cycling tips came from a group in Edmonton. They know how to make their own studded tires. We don't hibernate in the winter, we keep going."

Neal Swett says: "I like working my workout into my daily routines, so I don't have to go to the gym or worry about parking."

Last year, just over 100 people took part in the Kelowna event.

The day started at 6:15 a.m. at Bliss Bakery, with Lion Cyclery providing some winter tuneup help. A wrap-up party will take place at Kettle River Brewing from 5 to 7 p.m. with ChainLine Cycles providing basic mechanical help and a winter cycling presentation by Erika Bullock from UBC Okanagan.

"I'm doing this to show my support," says Swett. "Everybody should give it a try."



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