They wanted to do a 30 for 30 on Dirty Phil.  

He declined, he wasn't able to take a day off for filming. 

Here are the answers to the questions, that would have been asked...



How do I register for this year’s event? What is the cost of entry?    

To register, or to view a list of all ride categories (and prices) click here.

Online registration closes on Friday, June 15 (12 p.m. PDT). Can I still register in-person at the event?    

Dirty Phil. doesn’t wait for anybody.  The 2017 event will completely sell out and we highly recommend you register early. There will be no race day registration, please plan accordingly.

How can I confirm my registration for the event?

A confirmation email with all registration details will be emailed to you once you have completed the registration process.     

Can I switch my entry to a different distance (e.g. Big Phil. to Little Phil.)?

You can change your distance from a longer distance to a shorter distance at no extra charge. This can be done right up until June 15, by emailing

During event weekend changes can be made at the solutions desk at The Dirty Phil. Showcase located at the Mission Recreation Park on Friday June 16 from 3-7pm. No race day changes will be allowed.

You can also change your distance from a shorter distance to a longer distance at the cost of the difference in registration price between the two distances with an additional administration fee of $25.00. This can be done right up until event weekend by contacting us at package pickup on June 16. No race day changes will be allowed.

Can I pick up my registration information race morning?    

Yes, you may pick up your race kit on race morning from 6am - 7:30am, however the preference for everyone involved is that you collect it at The Dirty Phil. showcase - Friday June 16th, 3-7pm.

This will give riders the opportunity to ask questions and to attend the rider meeting, practice your banter and enjoy the welcome BBQ.

These times are your only opportunity to pick-up your ride number and registration package. The package pickup, riders meeting and welcome BBQ are located at the Mission Recreation Park Kelowna,  4105 Gordon Dr, Kelowna, BC.    

Will event waivers be available in advance? Can I pick up a friend’s ride package?    

Yes, event waivers will be available to complete and print prior to registration, however you will be required to sign a copy of the waiver in front of race personal during race package pick-up. For this reason all athletes must attend package pickup in person and supply ID for race package pickup.

I’m unable to compete in this years event, can I get a refund? Can I sell my entry?    

In the event of injury, jury duty, cat’s funeral, etc., until May 17, 2016 registered riders can roll-over their 2017 registration to the 2018 event for a nominal fee ($50 service fee). You can also transfer your entry to a friend. Email us at to facilitate the transfer ($50 service fee).

What is included with the entry fee?

  • 100 or 171km of mixed terrain including smooth fire trails, single track, pavement, grass and dirt!
  • 1343m or 2090m Elevation
  • Over 90km on Gravel!
  • 3 fully stocked rest stops
  • On-course medical and mechanical support
  • VIP Access to The Dirty Phil. Showcase
  • Complimentary Food and Beer at the Pre-Race and Post-Race Party
  • Exclusive The Dirty Phil. Finisher's item

Do I need a racing license to participate?

No - Dirty Phil. reckons riding bikes should be for everyone. We challenge and encourage all riders to be involved, we do recommend you position yourself at the start line relevant to your ability. Be aware that the further forward you position yourself, the larger the crowd you will be riding in to begin.

Is there a minimum age for participants?

Riders 18 and under must have a permission form signed by a parent and/or legal guardian in order to participate. A  ‘Phil.’s younger cousin’ aka “Minor’s Participation Form" should be completed by their parents or legal guardian to authorize participation - contact to request a copy. Minors are strongly encouraged to carry a cell phone, ride with an adult during the event, and ensure support are there to greet them at the finish area. The official permission form will be emailed to all registered minors 2 weeks before the event. The signed permission form is to be handed in at the at Package Pickup.

What type of bike can I ride for the event?

We suggest that you use a road bike, as it is the best option to ride in groups. Dirty Phil. recommends the Cervelo C-Series bikes. He is willing to rent you one from his personal collection. (While supplies last)  

Other options include Cross-type bikes with a minimum of a 28c tire, but a 32/35c is better with some kind of grip/knobs. Slicks are not recommended, as there are some light trails on the course, so something with some tread is best, and you may have to walk a little. Mountain bikes are fine, just know there is pavement too, so you gotta pedal that baby home. For the brave touring bike, hybrid bike, single speed (with two brakes) are also ok.  Please leave your motorised bikes and tandems at home, folks.

What are the categories for The Dirty Phil.?

There are overall Men’s and Women’s categories in both the Big Phil. and Little Phil.  There will also be a KOM and QOM section for each distance.



Event Weekend & Travel Info

Is there an Expo where I can see new cycling products?

Yes, although we have creatively named it The Dirty Phil. Showcase. That is where you'll complete package pickup, the riders information meeting and welcome BBQ. Everything goes down at Mission Recreation Park. 

Where do I stay overnight?

With the support of the Kelowna and West Kelowna communities, our local hotel partners have offered preferred rates to all visitors in town for the The Dirty Phil. Gravel Fondo. Further information can be found here.

Yo, I'm driving to the race, where do I park?

Parking can be found at the Mission Recreation Park (Start line and festival location is in the North East Corner of the grounds) with entrances to a large lot at the corner of Gordon Dr and Lequime Rd.

Where do I park my Jet? 

Kelowna International Airport (YLW) is about 15 minutes from downtown Kelowna. Direct flights are offered from many major Canadian and US Airports.

If you're flying Private, Phil. wants to chat, maybe a sponsorship deal is in order. 



Ride Info & On Course Details

How many Rest Stops does The Dirty Phil. Gravel Fondo have and what do they provide?

There will be 3 aid stations on course. Aid stations will have Medical personnel, mechanical assistance, food, water and Nuun Hydration products.

There are long stretches of the course where you will not have immediate access to support, medical, mechanical or fuelling.  Please be prepared. At a minimum you should start with 2 full bottles, calories to get you through 2 + hours and a spare kit.  Self-supported makes Phil. happy.  Don’t be that guy or girl concerned about a few grams and then runs out of fuel.

Aid Station #1 - Is located at Chute Lake on the KVR section at the 59 km mark of the course.

Aid Station #2 - Will be located downtown Penticton (100km), this will be the largest of the 3. Aid Station #2 will also be the finish line for all racers riding the Little Phil with food, entertainment and a shuttle service back to Kelowna. (You must register for this service, spots will be limited).

Aid Station #3 - Will be located in Peachland off Hwy 97 at approximately the 138 km point of the race. Home stretch!

Does The Dirty Phil. Gravel Fondo start if it’s raining?

Especially if it’s raining! Phil. may actually delay the start until it begins raining or snowing.

How do riders line up at the start?

The starting order will be self seeded, with quicker projected finish times to the front of the starting pack.

Are the roads closed for traffic?

No, both the Big Phil. and Little Phil. will be run on open roads with all BC Road rules applying and enforced. BC Road Rules can be found here.

Dirty Phil. always stops at red lights. You should too.

How fast do I have to ride?

Course sweepers and support riders will be following the last rider riding keeping a minimum average speed of 20km/h. This average speed will give riders 5 hours to complete the Little Phil., with arrival in Penticton by no later than 1:30pm. Riders attempting the Big Phil. will be required to be completed in 8 hours and 30 minutes with a finish time of 4:30pm arriving back in Kelowna.

All riders wishing to continue to complete the Big Phil. will be required to depart aid station #2 in Penticton by 2pm. The Little Phil. course cut-off is 2pm in Penticton - Shuttles coming back to Kelowna will be available leaving hourly from 12pm until 3pm on race day.

Will there be restrooms at the start/finish and on the course?

Yes, Facilities will be provided at The Dirty Phil. Showcase. Extra restrooms will be located at the start line the Mission Recreation Park, aid stations along the route and any public facilities passed along the course such as Chute Lake and Penticton may be used by all riders.

If I have a mechanical issue on the course, what do I do?

Firstly, move out of the path of fellow cyclists and off to the side of the route. The Dirty Phil. is a fully self supported race. We highly encourage all participants to know basic safety and repair skills, including in particular fixing a flat tire. Be prepared and bring your own pump or CO2 cartridges and extra tubes for your bike. If you can fix the issue yourself, move off the course and proceed with your repairs. If you are still unable to make the repair, you can dial the event hotline for assistance. There will be limited roving SAG support on course, however, the KVR section of the course does not permit motorized vehicle use which may take extended periods of time to reach riders on the course where possible, a SAG wagon will take you to a rest stop where mechanical support may be available, or to the finish line. Please note that the wait for assistance and/or a ride to the nearest rest stop can be long and by waiting, you run the risk of not being allowed to finish the event.

If I need medical service, what do I do?

If you or a fellow rider is experiencing a medical trauma or emergency, dial 911, and report your exact location using the course cue sheet as a guide, then if you have the opportunity dial the event hotline, and report into the Command Center.

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will be on call. Volunteers will be at aid stations and guiding athletes for turns at some intersections. If you need help, inform a ride official or volunteer on the course and they will get help to you (or someone else) as quickly as possible and stay with you until help arrives.

If I have a bad day and realize I won't be able to finish, what do I do?

SAG (Support and Gear) vehicles will be staged at various points along the route for any cyclists who are unable to finish the event.

Try to make it to the next aid station en route, where you will have food, water, emergency medical services as well as volunteers to keep you company.

If you are unable to ride to a aid stations, there will be SAG vehicles patrolling the route to pick you up. If you are unable to ride, move off the road and wait along the shoulder of the road until a marshall or support vehicle comes by, they will be on the lookout for stopped cyclists – to signal a SAG wagon or support vehicle, hold both arms in the air with a “Thumbs down”. If you are riding and you see a cyclist on the side of the road who asks for help, if you can do so safely, stop and assist them, if not report to a SAG wagon or aid station volunteer that you saw a stopped cyclist and their approximate location. You can also call the number printed on the back of your race number to request assistance. Please note, there are sections of the course (KVR Section) which does not permit motorized vehicle use which may take extended periods of time to reach riders on the course

When and where do I find the King and Queen of Mountain results?

We will announce the winners at the awards ceremony at 4:30 P.M.

Will there be food at the finish?

Yes, there will be a wide variety of food and drinks at the Dirty Phil. Showcase and at the welcome BBQ. All registered riders will receive complimentary food and drink. Make sure you keep your wristband on to receive the free food and beer.

My family will be coming with me but not riding in the the event – what is there for them to do while I am riding?

There will be music and entertainment at The Dirty Phil. Showcase at the Start Finish area throughout the day. There will be a shuttle from Kelowna to keep the cheer and support going to meet racers in Penticton either finishing the Little Phil. or continuing on the complete the Big Phil. Spectators are also encouraged to enjoy the local communities of Kelowna and Penticton.

They may also find it fun to volunteer at one of our aid stations along the route.

What’s the weather going to be like in the South Okanagan over the race weekend?   

The weather history for the region in mid June is typically hot during the hours of the day with temperatures dipping at night. We recommend cyclists hydrate appropriately prior to, and during the event. Average highs of 24’C (75’F) during the day and average lows of 10’c (48’F). Please bring appropriate clothing for out of character weather conditions.