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Penticton - OK Falls - Black Sage - White Lake - Penticton

Penticton - OK Falls - Black Sage - White Lake - Penticton

103 km • 910 meters of ascent

This is one of the most popular rides in the South Okanagan – and with good reason! Start in Penticton and ride along Eastside Road, hugging the shore of Skaha Lake. I would recommend turning on MacLean Creek Road and taking that into Okanagan Falls. It’s the safer alternative. From here, you’ll ride through wine country back to Hwy 97 past Vaseux Lake. Continue towards Oliver until you reach Tuc-el-Nuit Road. After a quick jog in Oliver, this becomes Black Sage Road – a nice, rolling ride that takes you through the vineyards of the Golden Mile towards Osoyoos. After you pass Burrowing Owl on your left, you’ll turn on Road 22 and start heading north on Hwy 97. Turn left on Road 7, then right on Sumac Street until you come to Fairview Road. After turning left, you’ll start a long climb up to the Okanagan highlands around White Lake and what we locals call “Area 51” (it’s the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory). From here, you’ll descend back to Hwy 97 and take a much quieter detour through sleepy Kaleden. Then, it’s a short sprint on Hwy 97 back to Penticton and your starting point.

Note: This route does have cattle guards!

Riding Notes

Kilometer 0: We start out in Penticton's Skaha Lake Park and head south on Eastside Road.

Kilometer 9: I recommend turning left on Maclean Creek Road and taking that into Okanagan Fall's rather than sticking to Eastside, which has some tight blind corners on the last stretch. The pavement is a little rough but you'll get to ride through some pretty ranch land.

Kilometer 17.3: In Okanagan Falls, turn on Oliver Ranch Road and ride back up to the vineyards that overlook Vaseux Lake. Exceptional!

Kilometer 19.8: If you're enjoying the riding along this stretch, consider an optional out and back up Allendale Road. This will take you past Liquidity Winery to Blue Mountain - the end of the road. This is one of my favorite stretches of road to ride. It's where we taped our promotional video aerial footage. There are cattle guards on this stretch, including a double guard just before Blue Mountain. Use caution.

Kilometer 22.8: You'll be coming downhill back to Hwy 97. There's another cattle guard just before you get to the highway

Kilometer 32: Turn off Hwy 97 onto Tuc-el-nuit road

Kilometer 37.5: You're have to take a quick jog to your left to get on Black Sage Road.

Kilometer 50: Turn right on Road 22 and take it back to Hwy 97 where it's another right turn

Kilometer 59.5: Take Road 7 to Sumac Street. Here the climb starts up to the Okanagan Highlands and White Lake

Kilometer 62.5: Turn left on Fairview Road, then at 64.5, a right on Willowbrook Road. You're almost at the top of this hill!

Kilometer 83.2: Turn right on White Lake Road. You'll be riding past the Dominion Observatory, or Area 51, as it's been christened locally.

Kilometer 91: Turn left on Hwy 97, then right on Lakehill Road at 93 to take a detour through Kaleden.

Kilometer 96.5: Back on Highway 97 for a short down hill ride back to Penticton and your starting point

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East Kelowna and the Mission

East Kelowna and the Mission

91 km • 1,380 m of ascent (with current climbs included)

I’ve packed a lot of climbing in this route, but it’s easy to edit to match the level of challenge you want. This is a circle route that goes through downtown Kelowna, so it’s a good choice for those staying downtown. I’ve included a climb up Knox Mountain and over the ridge at Wilden to add some extra elevation, but if you chose, you can stick to the Valley bottom and head to the bench lands above Rutland (there is currently road construction where Sexsmith/Old Vernon road crosses Hwy 97, so use caution here). From Rutland, you climb back up to Belgo and ride through the orchards of East Kelowna to June Springs Road. Here, you can test your Strava KOM ambitions on the optional climb up to the end of the pavement (a little over 400 m of ascent). Then, it’s a nice rolling ride over to Lakeshore Drive for an out-and-back along Okanagan Lake, then back to downtown.

Note: my start and stop is from close to where I usually cycle in Wilden. This is good for those that crave uphill sprints at the finish line, but the start and stop can be moved to pretty much anywhere along the route!

Riding Notes

Kilometer 5.5 - this is where you're crossing Highway 97. There will be construction at this intersection for most of 2017, so ride with caution. As of May, it was certainly passable, but with lots of debris on the shoulder of Sexsmith while crossing.

Kilometer 12.7 - You'lldo a little jog to get across Highway 33 here. When traffic is clear, move over to the left as quickly as possible and take the left turn lane at the first light, getting on Molnar Road

Kilometer 14.6 - You have an option here. I prefer turning left on Lewis Road and doing the small climb up to Garner Road. If you wish, you can stay on Belgo, avoid the extra climb and take the short cut.

Kilometer 26.5 - Start of June Springs Road climb (an additional 280 m over 4.5 km - average 6% grade with a few stretches pushing 15%). If you're not feeling up to it, just turn right on Matthews Road and continue on.

Kilometer 47.5 - Paret Road. Look for concrete barriers blocking road going up hill to vehicle traffic. Ride through and continue up the hill. 

Kilometer 60 - End of pavement on Lakeshore Drive. Turn around and head back to Kelowna

Kilometer 75.4 - I've stuck to Lakeshore as it's the easiest way back into town, but here you'll probably want to transfer to the bike path beside Lakeshore and takes a route through Gyro Beach Park.

Kilometer 76.7 - I'd recommend cutting over to Richter to ride through downtown and head down to Knox Mountain. It's a little quieter than the other options.

Kilometer 81.7 - A two blog jog towards the Lake lines you up to tackle Knox Mountain (starting at 82.2). The climb is about 250 m. If you choose to skip the climb, take the short bike path at 82.7 (end of the first hairpin) and connect to Royal View Drive, where you can make your way back to either downtown or the Glenmore Valley.

Kilometer 86 - Top of Knox. Take a moment to enjoy the view before the descent.

Kilometer 86.5 - At the first hairpin turn down, look for the cut off taking you into Magic Estates. Get on Rio Drive and take across Clifton Road to the Wilden Subdivision. You'll have another short climb over the crest and then will descend back to your starting point.

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Lake Country - Predator - Wood Lake

Lake Country - Predator - Wood Lake

70 km • 1,120 m of ascent

Kilometre for kilometre, this could well be the most scenic ride in the Central Okanagan. You’ll start in Winfield and head down to Okanagan Centre, where you’ll follow the lake up through Carr’s Landing. Then, it’s the long, gruelling climb up to Predator Ridge (300 m plus of climbing). The good news? This was recently paved, so it’s tough (used by more than one NHLer for training in the off-season) but better than it used to be! If you chose, you can ride right up to the Sparkling Hills Resort (just a little more climbing for the masochistic). Then, you head back south. An option is to stay on Commonage as you come back to Carr’s Landing. Some of this is gravel but the views make it worth it. You wrap up with a lovely circle route around Wood Lake and back to Winfield.

Riding Notes:

Kilometer 0: I've suggested starting at the bottom of Okanagan Centre Road. There's plenty of parking spots nearby. You'll have a nice ride over the top and a great descent down to Okanagan Centre. Watch the hairpin at Kilometer 3..there can be some loose gravel that can cause some issues if you come down too fast.

Kilometer 8.25: After a bit of an uphill climb, turn left on Carr's Landing Road. Watch your gears..there's a very short but pretty steep uphill coming soon.

Kilometer 15: The climb up to Predator Ridge begins! You only have 12.5 kilometers and 400 meters to go until Sparkling Hills.

Kilometer 25: The turn off to Predator Ridge. Turn here if you want to see Sparkling Hill's Resort. If not, turn around and enjoy the ride back down. There was some significant road construction here in May of 2017 but may be finished by the time you visit to ride.

Kilometer 38: Here you have the option of riding on Barkley Road. It's gravel but provides great views. If you'd rather skip the gravel, stay on Carr's Landing Road

Kilometer 45.5: Turn left on Okanagan Center Road E which becomes Oceola and you'll come down to a strip mall with a Tim Horton's. You'll take Pretty Road behind the strip mall and will get on a bike path that will take you to Pelmewash Parkway. This is the old Hwy 97..a great stretch along Woods Lake to Oyama.

Kilometer 54.5: Turn Right on Oyama Road and ride through the little village to the east side of the Lake. There's a general store and food truck here if you're hungry. You've got a bit of a climb ahead to get out of Oyama

Kilometer 63: Turn on Woodsdale Road to Bottom Lake Road. This will take you back to Winfield.

Kilometer 67.25: Turn right on Beaver Lake Road. You've got a short but steep climb back up to the finish point. After you cross Hwy 97 turn on Glenmore Road to finish off.

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