ROAD RIDES IN KELOWNA AND CENTRAL OKANAGAN
At just over 70km, this outing takes in a big chunk of the orchards and vineyards that provide East Kelowna with its distinct personality. This ride has it all. Some steady flat, some fast descents, and plenty of short and longer climbs to challenge you along the way. The bulk of the rise is on country roads, but there is a very short section on Hwy97 just after the airport. Plenty of Strava challenges dotted along the course and the strip behind the airport allows you to relive the infamous ‘Tom Cruise racing planes on a motorcycle’ Top Gun scene.
You can grab a snack and unique sparkling juice from Karma Farming (check their open hours) on McKenzie Road. But be sure to bring enough water and snacks for yourself, there are very few opportunities to stock up.
Start at Cyclepath to stock up on nutrition and spares. The warm up is flat all the way, taking you through the orchards to Pandosy Village. The route then takes you along Abbott, Lakeshore and Hobson, affording you views of the lake and some of Kelowna’s finest properties. The first real climb (at 10km in) is where Lakeshore Road gets funky. It turns right at the lights at the top of the climb and you want to stay on it. This part of Lakeshore is pure Okanagan. Wineries, vineyards, lake and mountain views. Rolling with a couple of short and steep hills that pop you out at the top before you get too tired. keep an eye out for the wildlife, plenty of rodents, lots of deer and the occasional bear. One you leave Pandosy Village there are no more fuel stops.
Skip through the downtown core and head up the first leg of Knox Mountain before heading into the more open areas of Glenmore. The main stretch of Glenmore Road has a narrow shoulder, if it has one at all, so be cautious, stay single file, and the traffic is usually well behaved. After a quick climb you drop into some great switchbacks heading down to Carr’s landing before shadowing the lakeshore through to Commonage Road where you start to climb up through the orchards. This is where the fun starts, a steady 7km climb up to the top of Predator Ridge. If required you can take a 5 minute detour to stock up on fuel or drink at the golf course stores. A long downhill drops you back onto the highway for a while before you head up around the back of Wood Lake. Another short highway stretch and you head back into Glenmore, reversing the first part of the ride back into town. Fuel stops are: In town, Carr’s Landing, Predator Ridge Golf Course, Pioneer Park (Oyama)