Our group rides include both road and gravel trail rides. We do not generally tackle downhill mountain bike trails. Routes are generally close to the North Okanagan, with the exception of the yearly camp out, which can be further afield.
The focus of rides is enjoyment, exercise, and camaraderie. Our rides are geared for cyclists who have experience on public roads and/or gravel trails (as appropriate to the route of the day) and a moderate level of endurance. Most days we offer a choice of two rides - a shorter, slower paced ride and a longer, generally quicker paced ride with fewer stops.
Each ride is described in the CALENDAR tab of this website, where you will find the rides of the day, distances, difficulty rating, leader’s name and contact #, meeting spot, lunch location, and gratuity (if ride sharing). While the meeting place each Thursday is usually the Vernon Curling Club parking lot (3400 39th Avenue near the Recreation Complex), you are strongly urged to check the calendar the day prior for any updates or changes.
If you’re unsure whether or not a particular ride is right for you, please contact the leader to discuss. Some rides may be more leisurely, and some more focused on speed and distance. This will be indicated on the calendar along with the leader’s email/phone#. Generally, routes start out easier in the spring, and then become more challenging as the season progresses.
RIDE RATINGS (degree of difficulty):
A Leisurely < 35 km 15 km/hr Frequent stops Mainly flat terrain
B Intermediate 35-50 km 15-20 km/hr Occasional stops Flat to rolling terrain, some hills
C Advanced >50 km 20-25 km/hr Limited stopping Hilly with some steeper climbs
HOW WE RIDE:
Safety is emphasized. To that end:
WHAT TO BRING:
WHEN WE RIDE:
All rides are listed on the cycling calendar under the website CALENDAR tab.
Make sure to recheck the calendar the day prior to each ride as unexpected circumstances (weather, road construction, etc) may have necessitated changes. Please be prepared to be flexible.
*** FOOTNOTE: Please read GENERAL INFO FOR ALL ACTIVITIES under the RESOURCE tab regarding your responsibilities, leaders, guests, use of alcohol/smoking, sign in sheets.