Gord Hotchkiss Giro Okanagan

Gord Hotchkiss

Giro Okanagan

When Western Living magazine asked me to put together 5 iconic rides in the Okanagan Valley, the biggest problem was sticking to 5. I've restricted myself to 5 rides that span the Valley from North to South, ranging right from the Shuswap to close to the US border. These 5 rides showcase the Okanagan in spectacular fashion, taking you through some of the best scenery to be found. And the riding is awesome! Of course, this is the Okanagan so there's lots of climbing involved, but most routes are easily edited to match the degree of challenge you're comfortable with.

General Safety Notes: Quieter Okanagan roads generally lack something in the way of regular maintenance. You can expect potholes and some rough pavement in many areas. If you’re riding in a group, make sure the lead rider is vigilant and points out hazards on the road. Also, some routes have cattle guards. I don’t recommend bunny hopping over them – constant speed and a firmly held front wheel is my personal strategy. If it’s raining, use extra caution. Other than that – happy cycling!

Armstrong Riding!

Armstrong Riding!

The Okanagan Shuswap Century Ride

A Classic North Okanagan 100 K ride - the same route as the very popular OSCR ride held each spring.

Predator Ridge

Predator Ridge

Lake Country - Predator - Wood Lake

Two lakes - a classic climb - one of Western Canada's top resorts and amazing vistas around every corner. One of my favorite rides!

The View from Knox Mountain

The View from Knox Mountain

 

Kelowna - East Kelowna - The Mission - Knox Mountain

A great route circling Kelowna with two optional climbs thrown in! Plenty of orchards, wineries, rural roads and a little city cycling for good measure.

 

The View from Giant's Head

The View from Giant's Head

Summerland - Giant's Head - Fish Lake - Bottleneck Drive

For a short route (just over 60 km) this ride packs a lot of punch. It starts out with 500 m plus of climbing and then takes you through the gorgeous surroundings of Summerland, including a loop through the Bottleneck Drive wineries.

The Vineyards of OK Falls and Vaseux Lake

The Vineyards of OK Falls and Vaseux Lake

Penticton - Okanagan Falls - Black Sage Road - Kaleden

We head south, taking many of the same roads as Axel Merckx's annual Granfondo. Ride along lakes, through some jaw droppingly beautiful vineyards and then cross the Valley to head into the Okanagan high lands.