Pentictons Okanagan Valley Tour deVine
A Cyle Tour with a delicious difference, thanks to our instant communications via the electronic highway. What a difference from my days at the Edmonton Journal. Editor
A Spring Okanagan Wine Festival event in Penticton, British Columbia, Tour de Vine was created to cater to wine and bike lovers alike. Continued below
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Miles of sunny beaches
A variety of routes are being offered
for every skill level. Choose from a number of relaxing
romantic guided rides featuring
a paddle wheeler lake crossing on the S. S. Sicamous with
impromptu tastings and lunch at enroute wineries or ride
along the Kettle Valley Railway. While visiting the
wineries, wander through the facilities with industry
professionals to find out why BC's wine industry is
considered one of the best in the world and be sure to
purchase your favorite wine selection to take home. The
routes are appropriately named after the various wines in
Each fully-guided tour includes roadside support, catered lunch, winery visits and tastings and delivery of wine back to the start of your tour.
Avid cyclists looking to test their skills, can challenge the laws of nature on the 100-km century ride (Merlot Tour) through the south end of the Valley while racers will put their skills to the test with a <http://www.tourdevine.bc.ca/roadrace/roadrace_index.html>road race along Willowbrook Road. Everyone is welcome to cheer the racers on while they battle for position to claim the prize in this premier event.
This year's guest cyclist was Alex Stieda - he has raced road bicycles for 15 years of his life, from when he was 17 to 32 years of age. He raced for Canada's national team from 1979 until 1992, the last 7 years as a professional. He competed an average of 100 races a season, over his 15 year career including winning the Yellow Jersey in the 1986 Tour de France (first North American to do so), 3rd in the 1983 Universiade (Edmonton) and 1982 Commonwealth Games (Brisbane), and representing Canada at the Olympics (1984).
Alex is currently involved in the cycling community in Edmonton, organizing an annual children's Bicycle Rodeo at Laurier School as well as promoting Edmonton's only BMX track. He also conducts cycling skill clinics and motivational seminars throughout North America.
This is the third season for the Okanagan Tour deVine, which is the brainchild of former professional cyclist Ron Hayman. "The idea is to promote cycling in the area," he says. Seeking ways to introduce more riders to the beauty and potential of the south Okanagan, Hayman recognized the natural fit with the Spring Wine Festival.
The Okanagan Tour deVine
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