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 –  Penticton to Penticton

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 in Penticton with stops at various wineries.

1600m Elevation

Start/Finish Location: Okanagan Lake Park, Penticton

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.

Have a look: Trailforks 1 Day/Stage 1