New Routes for 2019!
The Similkameen Valley
The Okanagan isn’t the only valley we explore. New for 2019, we’ve also included a route in the spectacular Similkameen. We start in the heart of BC’s historic interior mining region, near Princeton. Then we ride along the Similkameen River to Hedley. After that, it’s on to BC’s newest estate winery stars near Keremeos and Cawston.
Green Mountain is one of those routes that will bring the smile to the face of any road cyclist. A little punishment on a long, gradual climb, an exhilarating sweeping descent, quiet roads and absolutely spectacular scenery. This is one of the showcase rides in the South Okanagan!
Historic Boundary Country
We’ve added another route on the Kettle Valley Rail Trail and this time we’re heading east! Ride through the historic towns of Rock Creek, Midway and Greenwood as we tell the rollicking stories of Gold Rushes and Ghost Towns.
Cycling That is as Varied and Interesting as Our Guests!
The best thing about cycling the Okanagan is the endless variety of cycling it offers. With Giro, we embrace diversity! Our routes run the spectrum from long road rides on quiet roads to spectacular off-road trails. Below is just a sampling of the cycling bounty the Okanagan offers.
“This was the most scenic ride I have ever done , and will remember it always”
- Steve Phillips, atlanta
The South Okanagan is a cycling mecca. We're home to hundreds of road cyclists, mountain bikers and triathletes. International cycling and athletic events such as the Prospera Granfondo Axel Merckx and Challenge Penticton call this region home. Ironman Canada was born here. Of course, we're also on a featured stretch of the TransCanada Trail, with the historic Kettle Valley Rail Trail. There is a tremendous variety of terrain, exceptional scenery, challenging climbs and rolling backcountry lanes. In short, if you love cycling, it just doesn't get any better than this.
3 levels of cycling
These are vacations geared for cycling enthusiasts. We assume that anyone choosing a cycling vacation will be pretty familiar with cycling and have a base level of experience and conditioning*. This is the Okanagan, which means climbing is all part of the experience. That said, no matter how much experience you have, cycling is a lot more enjoyable when the routes and pace are a good match for your ability. At Giro Okanagan, we group our rides in 3 different levels:
Casual - These rides use recreational paths when available, are meant for hybrid bikes, include more destination stops and are generally from 35 to 55 kilometers in length each day.
Scenic - These rides are primarily on roads, are meant for road bikes and are longer in length (65 - 90 km). The pace is moderate and we include a number of destination stops.
Avid - These rides are meant for road bikes and include significant climbs and longer distances (80 - 120 km). The pace is faster and we keep stops to a minimum.
* Any cyclist on a Giro Vacation should be comfortable riding 40 - 60 km, climbing 400 meters and riding in moderate traffic.
VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF CYCLING
In the Okanagan, some of the best destinations are beyond the pavement. That's why we include a mix of both off-road and road cycling in our packages. The Kettle Valley Rail Trail and the TransCanada Trail are not to be missed. We even make it easier to broaden your cycling horizons with our GiroFlex Rental option.
You're in the Right Valley
What's the first thing cyclists always talk about after a great ride? The big climb of the day. We'll give you plenty to talk about. We're in a mountain valley, so climbing is just part of the charm of an Okanagan cycling vacation. If you're a KOM enthusiast, ask us about Green Mountain and Apex, the See Ya Later Wall, the Richter and Anarchist Passes, Carmi, Giant's Head and Mount Baldy.