Considered a year-round training destination, Penticton attracts a multitude of athletes all twelve months of the year. According to Environment Canada, Penticton has the most attractive climate of all Canadian cities. Over 2,100 hours of sunshine and only 15 inches of rain annually give this area a moderate climate year round. Each calendar year offers four seasons and Penticton experiences each of these unique seasons in glorious fashion.
Penticton is an active city and, as such, there are amazing indoor and open air venues. The very elevation of the city makes it an attractive training location: 385 m (1,263 ft). Penticton’s population is a little over 30,000 people giving it a small town feel with big city amenities.
Penticton and surrounding South Okanagan and Similkameen roadways offer endless variations for road biking. Riders can choose from famed triathlon routes or a combination of roads to complement training. With ever changing vistas including lakes, vineyards, orchards, steep bluffs and rolling hillsides, riders will find motivation at every kilometre.
Local bike shops carry top brand lines, employ expert maintenance staff and are always eager to offer information on top rides in the area. Past events have included: Hayman Classic: BC Youth Road Championships Prospera Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan PACA 100.
For several decades triathletes and multisport competitors have travelled to Penticton from countries across the globe to compete on the famed courses in and around Penticton. The ideal waters of Okanagan and Skaha Lakes allow for single loop and long distance swim courses. On the bike, athletes will be challenged but will find motivation in the stunning vistas found in the South Okanagan and Similkameen. Putting foot to pavement, runners can challenge existing routes or create new ones to complement their training. Warm seasonal temperatures and dry roads in early spring allow athletes to begin their training far in advance of other regions. Current and past events include: Valley First Challenge Penticton, Subaru Ironman Canada, Barley Mill Bare Bones Duathlon, Peach City Classic Triathlon, Ultra520k, Peach City Runners Blossom 10 Miler, Peach City Run Festival 10k and Half Marathon.
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