103 km • 800 m of ascent
There’s a reason why the Okanagan Shuswap Century ride fully books up within minutes of the registration opening– it’s a great road ride. But you can do the same route anytime. Start in Armstrong’s Memorial Park and ride through the lush farm scenery of the Salmon River Valley up to Salmon Arm. The official route takes a few twists and turns in Salmon Arm before you hit the most challenging climb of the ride, the 200 m grind up Okanagan Avenue. Leaving Salmon Arm, you’ll ride for a short distance on Hwy 97 C (with fairly wide shoulders) before turning right on Deep Creek Road and driving through more bucolic scenery back towards Armstrong. This is a great sampling of the rolling farmlands of the North Okanagan!
(This is a great ride, but the route is a little complex in places..and the names of roads seem to switch and then reappear later with little reason or logic. Precise turn-by-turn directions would make this post longer than the ride itself! Therefore, use the following as a rough guide and take a map of the route with you on the ride)
Kilometer 0: The ride starts from Centennial Park in Armstrong and heads out of town on Pleasant Valley Road.
Kilometer 5.5: Turn right on Crozier Road, then left on Otter Lake Cross Road
Kilometer 9.5: A right on Otter Lake Road takes you to the first climb of the ride.
Kilometer 12.5: Follow Salmon River Road west and north (it takes many turns that defy naming logic, so consult the map before heading out)
Kilometer 50.5: Turn right on 70th Street and go through a few right angle turns until you get to Foothill Road SW. Take this all the way into Salmon Arm
Kilometer 61: Again, follow the map to navigate through Salmon Arm to Okanagan Avenue East, where you'll start the second big climb of the ride.
Kilometer 71: If your map reading skills are up to par, you should turn onto the Salmon Arm Grindrod Highway here, for a short ride to Deep Creek Road
Kilometer 98.7: You're almost back. Turn left on Woods Avenue and loop through Armstrong back to your starting point.