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21 Sunday Sails Group Ride

Category
Surface
Distance
75km
Elevation
961m
Tag
Cloudy
Kelowna 9ºC
Video
1 Video

Map Strava | GPX | TCX

Maximum
661m
Minimum
343m
Selected
-m

Video


Summary

The “SRR” (aka Sunday Road Ride) departs from the “Sails” sculpture on the Kelowna waterfront at 9AM (8AM if it’s especially hot in mid-summer).

Weather depending, larger groups start forming in late March and early April (checking this webcam of the Sails is a good way to see if rides are starting to form in the early season). At a minimum this is a 75KM and 100% pavement ride, although many riders pedal to the start of the ride or add on additional miles after; perhaps some efforts up and around Begbie, McKinley, Dilworth, or Knox.

Exclusively inclusive — this is typically a no-drop ride but ego wagging, stop-sign sprinting, $20,000 bike-bragging antics appear en masse, and there might even by some regional pros out for a flex. This is the main social ride for Kelowna, and is similar but shorter than other “donut” rides you’ll find in places like Toronto, Calgary, and Vancouver. This ride may be as small as 10 and as large as 50 riders. Groups naturally separate and form on the climbs, so regardless of ability level or # of glasses of pinot grigio consumed the night before, rest assured you’ll have someone to ride with.

The last true effort of the ride is a rolling portion of Anderson Road, up around the north end of YLW Airport, finishing with a sprint on Airport Way. The ride is typically wrapped up with a coffee stop near Knox Mountain.

Points of Interest

Surfaces & Traffic

100% pavement with light to moderate traffic.

Paved throughout, with the exception of a 200m stretch of gravel connecting Black Mountain to Swainson. Sunday mornings are typically light traffic on most of the roads in south and east Kelowna.

Refuelling

This ride does not stop for any snacks during the route.

OKRoutes recommends bringing 2× 750ml bottles and at least 2 bars/gels. On hotter days, it is advisable to bring a 3rd 500ml bottle in the back jersey pocket.

Key Segments

Enjoy!

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