British Columbia is renowned for our logging industry, Fire Mountain above Okanagan Falls is a textbook example of shared resource development involving active logging and active recreation. The result for gravel riders is a network of haul roads that accesses densely forested pockets of the interior. Under pressure from seasonal freeze-thaw cycles, fire, year-round logging and recreational use, the roads go through many changes in condition throughout the year. But we know that fall-time is all-time, and this is the perfect season to race these roads! The forest here is dry, and that’s because this place doesn’t get a ton of rain! Stage 3 takes place on roads that live between 1200m and 1700m elevation, where ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir forests naturally occur but have often been replaced by big tracts of younger denser second growth forests that are sometimes interrupted abruptly by a cut-block of industrial activity. Watch for animals and logging trucks as you grind the gravel 62km through this shared-use area.
*Proposed course subject to change & pending final approvals