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Symons Valley Ranch/Madden loop, int, 84K, Lyle O

  • Thursday, August 05, 2021
  • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Symons Valley Ranch Market Store, 14555 Symons Valley Rd
  • 3


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         Symons Valley Ranch to Madden loop counterclockwise

         Coordinator: Lyle Opseth

Distance: 84 Km

Pace: 22-25 kph

Difficulty: Intermediate

Elevation Gain: 742 m

Route description:

NOTE: Due to the hot weather, I have moved the start time to 9:00 am.

Where the prairies and foothills meet, we will enjoy the grain fields (barley, wheat, canola, etc.) and the rolling hills of the eastern edge of the foothills. The canola will have long finished flowering and the other grains will not yet be turning golden. We will get views of the mountains to the west. We will cycle past a saskatoon berry farm on 766--yumm! There are many u-pick farms in this region.

A variation of the Symons Valley/Madden loop, we will go counterclockwise. We start on 766 but we will avoid the big climb up on 766 and use Mountain View Road and 566 instead. Mountain View Rd is the first right on 766, then left on 566 and right back onto 766 at the top of the hill. This route is less steep and avoids the busy part of 766. 766 rapidly becomes much quieter past this point. Regroup at Goldenrod Community Centre (hwy 766 and hwy 567). Continue onto Madden for a lunch stop.

We then continue briefly north of Madden to Township Rd 290 and turn left, continuing west onto 766. 766 goes west then south as Lochend Rd for about 28 km when we turn left (east) onto Township 262, right (south) on Bearspaw Rd, left (east) on Burma Rd (144 Ave), returning to the start. Be familiar with the route or load the map onto your GPS if you plan to ride ahead.

There is no sweep for this ride.


  • Arrive at least 15 minutes early
  • Wheels rolling at 9:00 a.m.  
  • Out of respect for those who arrive on time, we won't wait for latecomers.

Social elements:

  • Longer stop to snack at Madden. Food and water are available at the golf course.
  • Tailgate party following the ride.

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