1 DAY OF GRAVEL RACING IN BC's OKANAGAN

Course Info

Gravel Explorer LT
Sept 25th 2022

The total distance is 91km, with a 71km timed race route. The finish for timed racing is at the famous Little Tunnel on the KVR north of Naramata BC. The remaining 20km are fashioned to reflect the “Slow Ride” concept and tours the Naramata Bench showing vineyards, viticulture, orchards, artisans, and crafters that make this area the Tuscany of North America.

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DETAILS

Location –  Naramata to Naramata

Sept 24th, 2022 – Registration Day
Sept 25th, 2022 – Race Day

91km Total Distance:
71km Timed Race
20km Untimed – Slow ride tour through local vineyards from Naramata back to the finish line festivities

1600m Elevation

Start/Finish Location: Manitou Park, Naramata

This course is a loop route designed to meet the needs of one-day racers as well as serving as the first stage in the five-day BCBR Gravel Explorer. It includes, paved roads, gravel roads of varying grade and compaction, singletrack, rail-grade, and even woodchips.

The total distance is 91km, but the timed race route is 71km. The finish for timed racing is at the infamous Little Tunnel on the KVR north of Naramata BC. The remaining 20km are fashioned to reflect the “Slow Ride” concept and tours the Naramata Bench showing vineyards, viticulture, orchards, artisans, and crafters that make this area the Tuscany of North America. This ride has the kinds of parcour that truly capture “Everywhere a gravel bike can go”.

Parcours:

  • 6km steep paved rollout mass start.
  • 3 km gravel rail-grade road.
  • 3 km of rolling singletrack with one technical rock section.
  • 7 km of gravel road climbing.
  • 3 km of uphill singletrack.
  • First Aid Station
  • 2.5 km of downhill gravel road.
  • 20 km of back country gravel road.
  • Second Aid Station
  • 25 km of rail-grade down-country trending at 2% grade.
  • Timing Finish Line and Third Aid Station. Start of Slow Ride.
  • 4.5 km on rail-grade gravel.
  • 16 km of rolling paved and de-graded farm roads.

Start Notes: Mass Start with Moto Lead out. Self-Seeding on first stage.

Finale Notes: No photo finish, timing mat only. Use caution sprinting.

Cautions: Shared road with cars. Riders should always be mindful of vehicles and pay attention to Motos and course marshals. Use caution approaching corners where Traffic Control Professionals are working.

We at BCBR are excited about our routes and all the adventures we plan for our riders. Going forward under the context of accessing permits, conversations with land owners and coordination with others who seek to enjoy the trails and roads, we will begin to keep only limited course details available online. Information provided will be enough to plan your training and allow you to be properly prepared in terms of both on and off bike experience at BCBR events.

BCBR is a curated experience, and the race day course reveal will deliver an incredible experience on event day.

Races that are not fully detailed ahead of race day exist to provide a level playing field for all participants. We believe this element will allow for the greatest race experience for all, and will allow us to be as fluid as possible while planning the great adventures we’ve become known for.

Steady, smart riding over the entire week will yield the best results.

If you want to access pre-race info in greater depth than we will provide, you can get out in person or virtually to see the trail networks using Trailforks to get the vibe, taste and feel. Take in all the favorites from each area we are racing this fall and see how the zones generally differ from one another, and how they flow.

We are known around the world for our awesome course marking and will provide GPS course information closer to the event.

Count on us to use the best trails and routes available!