The South Okanagan is a cyclist's haven, with its beautiful lake and mountain vistas, tons of biking trails for every ability and a steady schedule of biking events. Picture yourself riding through vineyards, alongside bluer than blue lakes, and breathing fresh mountain air.
It's no wonder Penticton calls itself a 'biking community.' This year, the the city and two neighbouring communities of Summerland and Naramata host Chain of Events.
Now, there are plenty of reasons to get your bike tuned up for non-stop cycling adventures in the south Okanagan this spring.
Velo Vino Wine Tour
Starting May 1, 2016
Hop on your bike and enjoy what the South Okanagan is known for all over the world, wine! Along with absoutely stunning scenery, this tour is the perfect way to see what the Okanagan Wine Country has to offer.
Enjoy a shuttle to Chute Lake Lodge, cruise down the scenic Kettle Valley Trail and visit some of our favorite boutique wineries. Get more information about the Velo Vino Wine Tour here.
Tickets range from $125 and can be purchased here.
Triathlon BC 2016 Barley Mill Pub
and Bare Bones Duathlon
May 7, 2016
This is a draft-free individual endurance event, for elite and age group competitors alike. Entrants must be 18 or older (standard distance), or 16 years for the Junior race, and in good physical condition. The race consists of a 5-km run followed by a 32-km cycle and finished off with a 5-km run to the finish.
Standard/Olympic Distance until May 5 - $50
Sprint Distance until May 5 - $40
Junior (16-19) until May 5 - $40
For more information, head to the official Triathlon BC website.
Get out on bikes with your friends.
Photo by bikepenticton.com
Tea at the Top of the Fur Brigade Trail
May 8th, 2016
Enjoy panoramic views of Okanagan Lake from Penticton to Kelowna from 400m above sea level. Learn about the history of the Fur Brigade Trail from historian Dr. David Gregory. Visit the recently rehabilitated Ritchie Lake wetland area guided by Conservation Program Manager Bryn White.
Arrive by 11:30am and park at Priest Camp, just past the dam. A 4km ride (8km return) on rough road surface. Bring a bag lunch, water, helmet and stury bike (mountain bike preferrred). The ride will finish at about 3:00 pm
For more information head to the event's facebook page here.
Taking out the fat bike in winter in Summerland on Antler’s Saddle
Photo by ET2Media
Adventure Addiction Fest
May 12 - 14, 2016
Introduced to Penticton in 2011 as the Skaha Climbing Festival, as part of the 100 Years of Adventure in B.C. celebration, this festival keeps growing. It now includes some of the adventure sports that are so popular in the region, and is hosted at Barefoot Beach Resort. There are climbing competitions, biking workshops, war canoe racing and many more events to get your heart pumping.
This year tere are $40 shuttles to Myra Canyon, where some spectacular biking trails can be found. Read more about Myra Canyon here.
For more information head to the official Adventure Addiction Festival website.
Climbing the gorgeous hills in Summerland
Photo by Sophia Jackson
3rd Annual Giant's Head Grind
May 21, 2016
Race up Summerland's Giant's Head Mountain in this race for a good cause. It begins at Peach Orchard Park on the shores of Okanagan Lake where entrants run straight up the Giant's Head Mountain to the finish. The race covers 5.6 kilometres with a 500-metre elevation gain. This year, the Giant's Head Grind introduces an optional bike race that lets you trek up Summerland's volcanic landmark in the morning. If you're feeling super energetic, you can ride up the mountain in the morning and run up the mountain in the afternoon. Get more information about the race on the official website.
Bike Giant's Head Mountain - 9 a.m.
Run/Walk/Hike Giant's Head Mountain 1 p.m.
$59 Hike the Grind
$59 Bike the Grind
$89 Hike & Bike
$25 Post Grind BBQ
Race registration includes: Breakfast at Local Lounge and Grille - 7 - 9 a.m.; Yoga at Peach Orchard Park - 11:30; barbecue - 3 p.m.' race awards - 5 p.m.
Home to gorgeous scenery, spectacular cycling, and of course, world-famous B.C. wines - South Okanagan has it all.
Biking on the Kettle Valley Railway in Summerland.
Photo by Eric Simard
Meadow Lark Nature Festival
May 19 - 23, 2016
This event offers 79 events, all against the backdrop of the unique landscapes and natural attractions of the Okanagan and Similkameen valleys. Guided by experts in their fields, such as biologists, ecologists, geologists, Aboriginal leaders, artists and adventure guides, Meadowlark offers tours to areas of ecological, geological and historical importance, some not typially accessible to the public.
Enjoy the biking events on the following dates:
May 20 - KVR Birding Cycling Tour with Dick Cannings - $85 - Information
May 20 – Cycles in the Night Sky - $20 - Information
May 21 - Chute Lake to Penticton Bike Ride - $50 - Information
May 22 - Okanagan Big Day Challenge - Free - Information
May 22 - Trout Creek to Penticton Bike Ride - $50 - Information
Are you heading to the South Okanagan for some cycling? Check out the the area's hotels, motels & resorts.
Read our FestivalSeekers story by Leigh McAdam about biking in the South Okanagan region.
Ready for some biking adventures this spring? Share this page with your friends and get planning.