Penticton’s ambient weather makes for a longer than usual cycling season, from early April to October, which is just one of the reasons thousands of cyclists are drawn here every year. We also have a well established local cycling community and can offering everything you need for an exhilarating and challenging ride.
Ideally situated in the heart of the Okanagan Valley, surrounded by lakes, rolling vineyards and towering mountains, it’s little wonder that Penticton has become home to some world-class cycling and triathlon events including the Prospera Granfondo Axel Merkx and Surabu IRONMAN Canada.
Whether your looking to do some intense training or leisurely touring Penticton can offer you the ride of your life. Here are just a couple of local recommendations.
Naramata Loop – 30 km
This loop takes you from downtown Penticton, though lush vineyards and orchards along the Naramata Bench into the quaint village of Naramata. The vistas over Okanagan Lake along the way are spectacular.
Total Ascent – 310 m (1,071 ft) Max. Elevation – 471 m (1,545 ft)
Okanagan Falls via McLean Creek – 45 km
Starting from downtown Penticton, you travel through the heart of the City, then along Eastside Road, which hugs the shoreline of Skaha Lake. You then head east along McLean Creek Road, passing a few boutique wineries before reaching the charming village of Okanagan Falls. A leisurely ride offering plenty of opportunity to soak up lake and vineyard views before heading back.
Total Ascent – 222 m (728 ft) Max. Elevation – 462 m (1,516 ft)
White Lake Loop – 70 km
Initially you follow the same direction as the Okanagan Falls route, but continue riding further south along Green Lake Road towards Willowbrook. This is a great ride to take in the diverse landscapes of the region, as you skirt White Lake Grasslands Protected Area and return along the west side of Skaha Lake.
Total Ascent – 468 m (1,535 ft) Max. Elevation – 608 m (1,995 ft)
PACA 100 – 103 km
A challenging loop from Penticton to Oliver. You’ll be able to take in views of the lakes, wineries and wildlife, while pushing yourself through some technical climb sections along the way.
Total Ascent – 747 m (2,451 ft) Max. Elevation – 607 m (1,991 ft)
IRONMAN Canada – 175 km
Here is the opportunity to challenge yourself against the best athletes in the world, right here in Penticton’s back yard. This route has some fast flat sections, some long steep climbs and a few long rollers. Along the way you will experience the best of what the South Okanagan has to offer.
Total Ascent – 1,570 m (5,151 ft) Max. Elevation – 747 m (2,450 ft)