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 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.
Featured Events To be finalized. Here's what to look forward to from previous years.
The Tasty Chain - Penticton to Naramata
Saturday, May 6, 2017
Ride Begins between 10 and 11 am, ends at 3pm.
14 km’s of riding (with an optional 12 km out and back to Little Tunnel add-on).
Ride begins in Penticton and finishes at JoieFarm Winery In Naramata.
$95 per individual. Limited space Available. Price includes 3-4 tastings at each of the
3 wineries - Laughing Stock Vineyards, Elephant Island and JoieFarm along with food prepared by local chefs. There will be an opportunity for wine/spirits purchase, with pickup available after or ship them home (charges apply).
You will have a private opportunity as the first guests to visit JoieFarm’s brand new tasting room. Lunch will be served Picnique style at JoieFarm.
Vehicle shuttle back to Penticton.
To register visit www.bikepenticton.com
Triathlon BC 2017 Barley Mill Pub
And Bare Bones Duathlon
May 13, 2017
This race consists of a 5-km run followed by a 32-km cycle and finished off with a 5-km run to the finish Entrants must be 18 or older (standard distance), or 16 years for the Junior race.
Standard/Olympic Distance until May 5 - $50
Sprint Distance until May 5 - $50
Junior (16-19) until May 5 - $40
For more information, head to the official Triathlon BC website.
4th Annual Giant's Head Grind - Summerland
Saturday, May 20, 2017
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
Tea At The Top Of The Fur Brigade Trail
May 28th, 2017
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
Meadowlark Nature Festival - Penticton
May 18-22, 2017
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 area's hotels, motels & resorts.