The Velocefondo (120km) category features more than 1,200 m of elevation gain along the South Okanagan’s most scenic roads. The ride starts on Penticton’s Main Street, and then rolls up Vancouver Ave towards Naramata and back into Penticton before heading out along Skaha Lake. McLean Creek Rd will be the Reach for the Peach Hill Climb, and onto Oliver, B.C. Riders should expect some fast, flat sections alongside several lakes, and rolling hills punctuated by some >7% pitches west of Oliver. The route continues through the White Lake Grasslands Protected Area – a beautiful, remote area that’s home to White Lake (white mineral deposits precipitate from its waters during hot summer months), as well as the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory (an internationally recognized facility for science and technology research related to radio astronomy). The Velocefondo includes five aid stations spaced roughly every 25 km, and passes as many as 34 of Canada’s top wineries.
(All distances approximate)