Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Penticton Bike Tour - May 16-22, 2010

Penticton Bike Tour/Wine Camp Summary
Here are some final points for the Penticton trip:
  • We’re meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 15, at the Tim Horton’s in Revelstoke for a couple hours of riding. If you’re passing through during that time or are staying in Revelstoke Friday night, you’re more than welcome to join us.
  • Day 1 of riding is on Sunday, May 16, 2010. We meet at Denny’s in Penticton at 9 a.m. Here are the rest of the meeting times: Day 2 (Mon), 5 (Thurs), 7 (Sat): 7 a.m.; Day 3(Tues), 4(Wed), 6(Fri): 9 a.m.
  • I switched the Mt. Baldy ride (turns out I’ve been calling it Mt. Baker all this time) and the Day 5 rides. The reason for this switch is Trev and Lockie, who did the Mt. Baldy ride last year, want to be part of it this year and they won’t be in town to ride until Thursday.
  • Bring food and drink on the rides. We’ll be on the road for up to 6-7 hours sometimes and always over lunch (pack a sandwich). Grab a couple of cheap boxes of bars and gels from Costco, Super Store or MEC and remember to eat breakfast.
  • Make sure you have the gear to fix flats and know how to use it: pump, CO2 cartridges, CO2 dispenser, tubes, patch kit, mini tool kit. There is a bike shop in Penticton in case you need last minute supplies.
  • The rides are not hammer-fests. BUT, expect to be by yourself during some of the rides. Be okay with this. Embrace it. Bring an IPod or bring someone who’s your pace. The group will make sure no one gets lost and we’ll wait for everyone at certain points during each ride.
  • Bring every piece of cycling clothing you own. Dress for the weather and understand that we’re riding for seven days straight.
  • Wear sun block.
  • Don’t feel pressured to ride every day. Vacation first, riding second. Always. Diana and Karalee will be in town to ride from Thursday on, but want to focus on some other rides and do their own thing (crash a number of wineries). That’s totally cool. Here is a low-key ride to consider: http://www.mapmyride.com/ride/canada/bc/penticton/651127358505431240. You can follow Naramata Road for a while, or you can turn around whenever you want. It is super scenic and a great place for wineries. We can help with more rides like this one if you want.
  • I would, at the very least, like for everyone who is in Penticton to ride together for the Giant’s Head/Summerland ride on Day 6 (Friday). It would be great to ride as a full group at least once.
See you on Sunday at Denny’s (Burnaby Avenue, behind the convention centre) for 9 a.m. Here is a recap of all the ride posts and who we know is coming and when:

Here are the rides!!:

MEET AT DENNY'S PARKING LOT AT 9am if the scheduled ride is <> 150km.

Day 1 Sunday
Day 2 and 3 Monday and Tuesday
Day 4 and 5 Wednesday and Thursday
Day 6 and 7 Friday and Saturday

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