Thursday, January 20, 2011

Penticton Bike Camp - Prelude

Hello Everyone,

As a follow up to my chat at the AGM about the bike camp in Penticton, here is some preliminary information on the upcoming trip in May. Day 1 of the camp is Sunday, May 15; Day 7 is Saturday, May 21. Transportation, food and accommodation are your responsibility. Two rides will be scheduled each day: one longer and one shorter. Feel free to choose either one. The shorter rides will be from 60km to 160km while the long rides will be from 80km to 230km. We start the rides either at 7 a.m. or 9 a.m. depending on the distance and always at Denny’s (Sandman Hotel on Burnaby Ave). If you are not comfortable riding alone, bring someone with you who will fall back with you or hammer with you if the group’s pace is not to your fancy. We do our best to keep the group together, but there may be 20-40km stretches before the next stop when the IPod may be your only company. Know how to change a flat tire.

If you are coming, the first thing you need to do is book the time off work- you can come for the whole camp (eight nights) or just for part of it, it’s totally your call. Then, book a place to stay. I recommend renting a condo or house with a bunch of people as it’s substantially cheaper and you get the comforts of home. If you are renting a hotel room for the week (remember to ask for weekly rates), rent one with a full kitchen or make sure there is a kitchen available for you to use in another room. The cost to you for the week will be gas, food, room, bike stuff, and extra-curricular activities you set up on your own.

Keep in mind it’s not a coached camp so pace, effort, what you get out of it and the amount of fun you have is up to you. I can guarantee you at least 60 per cent fun, but you will have to come up with the rest. I can also guarantee you will be morally supported during the rides because at the very least, you gave up a week of your vacation to be here. The only formality is you need insurance either through obtaining an ABA license or paying the $30-40 for a week’s worth of insurance, which we’ll set up on the blog for purchase before camp starts. Every few weeks beginning in February, I’ll post some more information on the rides and details about the camp. Leave your questions in the comments section and I’ll be more than happy to answer them.

First follow up post and day 1 and 2 rides: Here

Second follow up post and day 3 rides: Here


Thomas said...

This looks great Ryan, thanks.

acnoel said...

Hey everyone! I'm still looking for accomodations for the week. Please let me know if you have an extra spot where you're staying!
My email is

Thanks so much!


Lelly Matthews said...

Hello all,

My friend Scott and I are planning to tag along at the end of the week, arriving in Penticton on Wednesday night, riding Thursday-Saturday. If anyone has spots to fill in their accommodations, let me know - my email is or call me at (403) 585-0523.

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