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MULTI-DAY ROAD RIDES

Upcoming Multi-Day Trips

TitleStart DateDifficultyDurationSupported?

1Jasper to BanffSat, Aug 26 2017Intermediate4-1/2 DaysTrue
This is a fully supported ride with a driver in a van with a bike trailer never far away.
Day 1: Saturday, Aug 26th- We meet at the Parkdale Community Center (where we will be leaving our cars) load up and are driven to Jasper where we will be staying at the Jasper Hostel.
Day 2: Sunday, Aug 27th - Today we cycle 90km with stops at Athabasca Falls, Sunwapta Lodge and Falls then on to the Beauty Creek Hostel.
Day 3: Monday, Aug 28th - Today we cycle 56km with stops at the Icefield Center, hike Parker Ridge or Stanley Falls then on to the Ramparts Hostel.
Day 4: Tuesday, Aug 29th - Today we cycle 70km with stops at Mistaya Canyon, Peyto Lake, Num-Ti-Jah Lodge then on to the Mosquito Creek Hostel.
Day 5: Wednesday, Aug 30th - Today we cycle 85km with stops at Lake Louise and Castle Junction then on to Banff for the van ride back to Calgary.

2Drumheller Loop & Optional ConcertFri, Aug 25 2017Intermediate2 nights, 2 - 1/2 daysFalse
Arrive early Friday to set up camp at the River Grove Campground & do a short ride to the townsite of Wayne cycling across the 8 bridges to the Last Chance Saloon - or arrive late afternoon and join the group for a Pot Luck social in the campground at 6 PM. Saturday ride east to Dorothy approximately 70 km with stops at the East Coulee School Museum and the Atlas Coal Mine. Sunday ride west to the Bleriot Ferry with a lunch stop overlooking the Horse Thief Canyon. Return via the Dinosaur Trail to Drumheller on the south side of the river approximately 60km. Option to attend a Concert at the Passion Play amphitheater featuring Randy Bachman of the Guess Who Saturday night. Tickets are approximately $69.00. Please call 403 823-2001 to buy tickets. Ask for seats in the central area rows 12 - 14. The River Grove campground phone number is 403-823- 6655 & reservations can be made in starting in May. There are cabins, teepees, tent sites and RV sites available.

3Foothills Frolic Sat, Jul 1 2017Intermediate3 daysFalse
Meet at the Longview campground at 9:00 AM to set up camp for a 10:00 departure south on the Cowboy Trail to the Bar U Ranch for Canada Day celebrations. We will do the majority of the ride thru the foothills to avoid traffic and enter the Bar U from the east. Option to stay all day and return to camp the same route (45km) or continue to High River for lunch & return via the Coal Trail for 90km. Saturday night Social/Pot Luck in campground at 5:30. Sunday we will leave camp at 9:00 riding west to the Highwood House for lunch and return (88km) with the option to go to the pass for a full century ride - if you dare! Monday we will ride north to Black Diamond & tour thru the country passing by the Millarville Race Track with optional distances.

4Foothills Frolic Motel Rv OptionSat, Jul 1 2017Intermediate3 daysFalse
Meet at the Longview campground at 9:00 AM to set up camp for a 10:00 departure south on the Cowboy Trail to the Bar U Ranch for Canada Day celebrations. We will do the majority of the ride thru the foothills to avoid traffic and enter the Bar U from the east. Option to stay all day and return to camp the same route (45km) or continue to High River for lunch & return via the Coal Trail for 90km. Saturday night Social/Pot Luck in campground at 5:30. Sunday we will leave camp at 9:00 riding west to the Highwood House for lunch and return (88km) with the option to go to the pass for a full century ride - if you dare! Monday we will ride north to Black Diamond & tour thru the country passing by the Millarville Race Track with optional distances.

5Penticton Tour One Single Or Couple SpacSun, Jun 4 2017Advanced and IntermediateSeven daysTrue
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Note: One single or one couple space is still available The LiveSplendidly – Guided Tour Penticton 2017

Penticton, B.C., June 4th – 10th

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.

Your hosts: Colleen Parsons and Gordon Saunders

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 cg.parsons@live.com

 

 

 

Itinerary – General

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.


6Golden TriangleSat, May 20 2017Advanced3 daysTrue

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.

Registration fee is $315. You MUST pay online at the time of registration.

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' .


7Volunteers for Golden TriangleFri, May 19 2017Easy4 daysTrue
Do you want to spend a fun week-end in the mountains? Please think about being a volunteer for the Golden Triangle event. Come celebrate Canada's 150th year and 34th Golden Triangle in the mountains.

If you are interested, please sign up for this event. Volunteers will be drawn from the registrants depending on past experience and positions available.

Volunteers are required for registration, course marshals, snack crew, lunch crew, luggage delivery, Radium hot pool shuttle, and for the bar at Golden dinner.

We especially need a REGISTRATION CO- ORDINATOR for the event. If you are interested in being the Registration Co-ordinator, please call Bud Sedman immediately. Also, If you have any medical training, please call Bud. Thanks.

If you would like a week-end in the mountains with fellow EVCC members and with lots of gratitude from the cyclists, please consider volunteering.

Accommodations, meals, and vehicles for transportation are supplied for volunteers.


Recent Multi-Day Trips

TitleStart DateDifficultyDurationSupported?

1Tulip TourSat, Apr 8 2017Intermediate11 daysTrue

An 11 day loop tour starting and ending in Sidney BC.

Route highlights include the

    • San Juan Islands (4 days),
    • Skagit Valley tulip fields during the annual tulip festival (2 days)
    • Olympic Peninsula, Galloping Goose and Lochside trail systems, Victoria (5 days)
  • 8 -10 ferry connections
  • Baggage shuttle
  • Double occupancy hotels (with single option)
To accommodate the sometimes hilly geography and many view points, side attractions (art galleries, cafe's, beaches, etc.) and early season fitness levels, the suggested daily itineraries involve moderate distances of 40-70 km/day.



 



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