This week-long cycling tour is intended to kick start the outdoor season by enjoying the lovely surroundings of Penticton, BC and area. All riders should be of sound health and will be asked to complete a Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire prior to registration. The riders must be relatively fit, but not necessarily ‘race ready’. Registering early has the added bonus of receiving indoor bike workouts to get you ready for the tour.
This tour is not a competition in any way, shape or form. The environment will be encouraging and supportive… but don’t be fooled - you should expect to be challenged! This is a mixed gender week that will allow for up to 8 riders including 3 doubles and 2 singles due to accommodation restraints.
The tour will consist of the following:
· Four to five days of guided riding with single rides ranging from 40- 110km in and around the Penticton area including rides to Summerland, Okanagan Falls, Oliver, and Naramata. Tips on riding technique, hill climbing, drafting and pacing will be discussed and practised throughout.
· Six night’s accommodation in a vacation house with all the amenities that may be required. There are 3 bedrooms that can accommodate doubles and two rooms that are best suited for singles. There are 2 full bathrooms, W/D, hot tub, large outside deck for relaxing, dedicated ‘bike storage room’, on- street parking, close to town for walking to local shops.
· Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner prepared most days by your hosts so that you may enjoy the week, relatively worry free. Dinner on your own on three occasions, lunch - once.
o Meals will include healthy and hearty hot and cold breakfasts, lunches may be on the road or at the house, delicious evening meals, snacks and home baked cookies and desserts.
· A private yoga session at a local studio at the end of the day on two days.
· Other recreational activities may include: wine touring, coffee drinking, shopping or just some much needed RnR.
Colleen has spent many years cycling in this region. As a former ride-guide with the Elitewave.com cycling camp, now in its 22nd year, she knows the routes very well, and the challenges that come with them. No one will be left behind, ever.
Gord and Colleen will prepare delicious healthy meals for you most days so that you may enjoy your time, between training sessions. Riders with food allergies or special dietary needs should contact us directly before registering. There are some situations that we will not be able to accommodate.
Costs for Riders: $1535 double and $1695 single (2 single rooms only) (a $500 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your spot, remaining amount due April 1, 2017).
For more information: Please contact Colleen at 403-836-5833 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The following is the overall program however we will make adjustments based on riders and weather.
Day 1 Sunday – Arrive in Penticton after 2pm. Welcome and Dinner at 6:30pm.
Day 2 Monday – Skills and safety session followed by a ride to OK Falls via Lakeside Road along Skaha Lake with diversion to McLean Creek Road. Coffee shop stop an option. Lunch will be served at the house. Afternoon available to enjoy on your own. Wine tour recommendations may be provided. This ride covers 311m elevation gain over 37km.
Day 3 Tuesday – Apex Crossover. This loop ride will take us up to the Apex Ranch along Green Mountain Road. A beautiful, quiet road that takes us out to HWY 3 and up to Yellow Lake where lunch will be provided. Following lunch, we will head back toward Penticton with a detour at Twin Lake Golf Course. This road is very quiet and will drop down through a beautiful meadows before taking us back to into OK Falls and then take Lakeside Rd. back to Penticton. A private yoga session will be provided in the late afternoon before dinner. This ride covers 1313m elevation gain over 82km.
Day 4 Wednesday – Summerland and Faulder. After approximately 10km along HWY 97 into Summerland, we will climb into the hills of the Summerland area and beyond to Faulder and Camp Boyle. This is a challenging and nice out and back. This ride covers 906m elevation gain over 76km and has an alternate distance for those looking for a shorter ride. A late lunch will be available at the house.
Day 5 Thursday – Naramata or Day Off. This is a beautiful ride from Penticton to Naramata. Options include a simple out and back on the main road or drop down into the quaint town of Naramata. This is a great day to take advantage of some extra time for RnR or wine touring. This ride covers 265m elevation gain over 34km and can easily include a stop for coffee/tea. Lunch at the house after the ride.
Day 6 Friday – Black Sage ride. This is a wonderful way to finish off the week. We will head south to Oliver and beyond. Lunch will be delivered to us at a nice little park on a lake after which we are homeward bound. This ride covers 882m elevation gain over 105km and has an alternate distance for those looking for a shorter ride. A private yoga session is planned the late afternoon before dinner.
Day 7 – Farewell/departure.
34th Golden Triangle 2017
LET'S CELEBRATE..... CANADA 150 and 34 years of Golden Triangle rides!!
Come and enjoy.....Golden Triangle cycling in one of North America’s most spectacular settings – waterfalls, hanging glaciers, towering peaks and NA’s longest contiguous wetland along the Columbia River!
It starts at Castle Mountain Gravel Pit located 26 km west of Banff near the junction of Hwy 1A and Hwy 93. The tour travels clockwise from Castle Mountain to Radium to Golden and back to Castle Mountain. The total distance is approximately 320 km. Photos from the 2013 GT here . Short GT video here. One of the thank you letters we received after the 2016 GT here.
We carry your gear for three days, feed you and provide support to you. Be ready for changeable mountain weather, longish 7-8% grades and do some pre-GT riding to get in shape.
We will deliver your luggage to the campground or to a list of hotels/motels provided in the questionnaire in the registration. Baggage tags for hotel luggage will be available at check-in to direct your bags to the right venue each afternoon. Luggage will be picked up at each hotel/motel the next morning. PLEASE NOTE: No luggage can be over 35lbs/16kg per bag. Cyclists requiring luggage delivery to hotels will be charged for a second bag (see pre- registration info).
There have been some changes for 2017. PLEASE READ the pre- registration information by clicking here , then login if you are an EVCC member or join if you are not already an EVCC member. Then, register for the GT at the bottom of this page.
Early Bird Registration fee is $315 - March 18 deadline - and includes a Garneau Tour Jersey Diamond Standard Fit (Pro Fit) with a full zip jersey. You MUST pay online at the time of registration. After March 18, the registration fee will remain at $315 but it will not include a jersey or a T-shirt.
Earlybird registrants please see this link to choose the correct size of jersey: Sizing . It is a full zip Standard Fit (Pro Fit) jersey. The GT co-ordinators will not take responsibility for cyclists ordering an incorrect size of jersey.
Registration cut-off date is May 5, 2017 at 6 p.m.
By registering for this event, you agree to abide by the'Golden Triangle Safety Pledge' .