Thursday, April 4, 2013

Penticton 2013 - Update (Day 3, 4 and 5 routes)

Day 3
(Long) Mt. Baldy (195km) - Map
(Short) Mt. Baldy (up to the gravel) (127km) - Map
(Long Alt.) Ironman, Apex (180km) - Map

Start: Denny's in the Sandman hotel (939 Burnaby Avenue W)
When: Ride will roll out at 8:00 am

Day 3 is a special day, why you may ask? Because we have 3 options! The classic Mt. Baldy route is not for the faint of heart at 195km with 35km of gravel. The gravel section also includes a category 2 climb up to the Mt. Baldy ski hill. Bring at least 3 bottles of water for this one. The short Mt. Baldy ride follows the same route up to where the gravel starts then returns back down. The climb up to the gravel is no slouch at 15km long and an avg grade of 5%, rated category 1 and is one of the most scenic roads in the area (if you can lift your head to look around). For those that don't want to ride gravel but want to get in a big ride the long alt. route is the area classic Ironman loop (with Apex for those that want even more).

Day 4 - RECOVERY DAY!
Giants Head, Camp Boyle (60 - 95km +) - Map

Start: Denny's in the Sandman hotel (939 Burnaby Avenue W)
When: Ride will roll out at 10:00 am

And with a sigh of relief...today is traditionally a "recovery day". The group will ride out to Summerland to do repeats of Giants Head. Then the remainder of the day is up to you, do more repeats, go for coffee, ride out to camp boyle, have lunch, check out some wineries. For those that are feeling adventurous I will be leading a group from Summerland back to Penticton on the Trans Canada Trail via the old Kettle Valley Railway (there will be dirt and gravel and maybe blood...).


Day 5
(Long) USA, Oroville, Loomis (220km) - Map
(Short) Seven Summits (145km) - Map

Start: Denny's in the Sandman hotel (939 Burnaby Avenue W)
When: Ride will roll out at 8:00 am 

Bring your passport!!  In order to do the Day 5 long ride you will need a valid passport because we will be entering the good ol' US of A. Washington bound via Oroville and Loomis the group will do a short loop down into the states and re-enter Canada via the Nighthawk border crossing just south of Richter on the Ironman course. This is a long ride in distance but not as much elevation gain as other days. The short ride will be a climbers delight with a selective route of ascents in the area. Starting with Carmi up to the Lost Moose Lodge and featuring the Wall, Maclean Creek, Seacrest and more.

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