We call this type of ride garbage collection: hitting all the hotly contested segments (and the lesser known “garbage” segments), and in the process accumulating a surprising amount of elevation in a short amount of time. You’re never far from home, so bailing out or joining your riding buddies later is always an option!
The route departs from Kal Beach, heads east towards Lavington & Lumby through Coldstream, back to downtown Vernon along Buchanan Rd, climbing past BX Park to Dixon Dam, down Silver Star Rd, west to Swan Lake, then south down Old Kamloops Rd, finally climbing up to The Rise, and then back to Kal Beach.
Surfaces & Traffic
~95% pavement, light-to-moderate traffic throughout the route. Kalamalka Rd and Buchanan Rd are paved with light traffic. The route past BX Park to Dixon Dam has light traffic and is paved up until the gate before Dixon Dam, 1.8 km of gravel road lead to the end of this segment. The rest of the route is paved and light-to-moderate traffic. Caution: Old Kamloops Rd is a key alternative road to access west Vernon, but the road has narrow shoulders, potholes, and can be busy at rush-hour times.
At the beginning of the route near Kal beach there is the Rail Trail Cafe that offers sit-down options and a convenience store.
A Petro Canada station near Lavington at km 15 of the route.
km 26 after turning off Buchanan Rd onto HWY 6, there is a 7-11 at the corner of 15 ST.
A Chevron station at km 96 on Okanagan Landing road, just after the Vernon airport offers another opportunity to refuel near the end of the ride.
- Buchanan TT West is a 7.8km effort that is flat to start, descends from kilometer 3-5, then a steady uphill climb to the finish. Hopefully you have a tailwind, as good times on this segment are incredibly weather dependent.
- The Full Bold Road Climb is a 8.6km 3.2% grind. The segment runs along BX Rd, turning into Dixon Dam Rd, then onto Tillicum Rd before joining Silver Star Rd where the segment ends. At the end of this segment, turn around and head back 1.5km to Dixon Dam Rd.
- The Climb to the Dam is a steep 7.4% climb that’s only 1.9km in length, but the full climb is about 4km total. Once at the top, turn back and head back onto Tillicum Rd, joining Silver Star Rd to descend back into downtown Vernon.
- The Goose Lake Climb segment is split into two parts, lower and upper and should be reviewed as the start point for the lower climb segment can be easily missed. Goose Lake is a fishing destination but requires special permission to access the waterfront; the road has a 6% average gradient.
- Captain Nicholls Power Climb is a punchy 1.7km 7.5% category 3 climb up Turtle Mountain that will test your legs near the end of this ride.
- The Rise Climb Gate to Gate segment is a challenging 3.6km 6% climb up to The Rise community and Golf Course.
Points of Interest
- Kal Beach @ 0km
- Creekside Park @ 0km
- Lavington @ 14.5km
- The BX Press Cidery @ 36km
- BX Park @ 40km
- Swan Lake @ 62km
- Goose Lake @ 70km
- Turtle Mountain @ 76km
- Davison Orchard Village @ 82km
- Planet Bee @ 82km
- The Rise @ 85km
- The Rise Vernon Golf Course @ 88km
- Kin Beach @ 93km
- Vernon Airport @ 95km
Take what you want from this collection: split it up, make it shorter, make it longer.
For a truly epic day, start in Lake Country and head to the route over Predator Ridge or along the Rail Trail. Or, after the Dixon Dam Climb, keep pedaling all the way up to Silver Star Resort and then back down!
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