RIDE LEVEL - Multi Day Ride
COORDINATOR - Gord and Jenny
DISTANCE - From 70 - 105 km, depending on the day
PACE - go at your own pace but for Jenny and I approximately 22 km/hr.
ELEVATION GAIN - 670 - 1300 meters depending on the day
Book and Pay As you Go:
Jenny and I are planning on doing a couple of the routes on the Shuswap Cycle Touring guide
I have started setting up the event and routes in RideWithGPS
The routes are paved and appropriate for road bikes, although some of the pavement is rough (perhaps a k or so of gravel) so we would recommend at little more tire. Jenny and I will be on our Diverge Adventure Bikes with 29mm tires and rack trunks. All speeds are relative on a bike but when on tour Jenny and I prefer to slow down a little and to do a few stops.
Basing out of Salmon Arm British Columbia, Jenny and I are booking into the Hilltop Inn (Salmon Arm) and getting one of the kitchen suites. There are common areas around the pools so we will have a place to gather. (Perhaps we can get Jenny to lead a post ride Yoga Session). The prices were better on Booking.com then I was getting direct from the hotel, so I recommend booking that way, although it may differ if you have not been using that site.
We are arriving the evening of Thursday May 12 and checking out on the Sunday Morning, others may wish to stay another night but we have to be back in Calgary midday Monday so will drive half way home on Sunday.
You will need to get to the trail head on two of the three days, so a vehicle will be required.
Friday: Drive to Tsútswecw Provincial Park (formerly Haig-Brown Park) and Ride out and back to St Ives on the North side of Salmon Arm. (Ride 1 Moderate) 84km/960m. A number of stores and beaches for us to stop at. Jenny and I started this ride once but were beat back by the rain very early on. Plan to have lunch 10km back from St Ives turnaround at the Ross Creek Community park.
Saturday: Salmon Arm Century Ride (Metric) (Ride 19 102km/1290m Difficult) This is the route of the Salmon Arm Century Ride, although we will start and finish in Salmon Arm. It includes four climbs of around 5% for 10km (www.bikeforyourlife.com/100k.html). Good resupply points on this ride and some shortcut opportunities (75km option). Jenny and I have only ridden about 20% of this ride, down near Armstrong.
Sunday: Drive to Enderby and Ride the Enderby to Mable Lake Rd, along the Shuswap River (Ride 28 Easy/Moderate 70km/670m) Out and Back. Few facilities on this route because we are riding it previous to the May long weekend. Bring a good supply of food and water. Jenny and I have ridden this ride, we stopped at a midpoint that does not appear on the map, hope to refine the RideWithGPs route. Lunch at the public boat launch at Mabel Lake.
If we get more than 20 participants, we may solicit extra coordinators and stagger things.
This is our first multiday event, so we are trying to keep things pretty simple, let us know if we have missed any necessary details or if you have any questions. (I will be back country skiing from March 22-29 and unable to respond to any emails during that period)