Okanagan Mountain Bike Camp

The Ideal Skills Camp with BC Provincial Coach Adam Walker

Whether you’re new to mountain biking or are an experienced rider looking to sharpen your skills, our week-long camp combines world-class coaching, ideal singletrack, and top-notch accommodations and service to create the perfect MTB getaway.

Dates: April 11-18, 2021

Description:

Welcome to British Columbia’s mountain bike playground.

After a cold, wet winter off the bike, the prospect of throwing yourself at the wet roots and rocks of Squamish or the North Shore makes many of us shudder. Instead, our Spring MTB Camp will see you riding smooth, flowing singletrack of the North and South Okanagan, shaking off the winter rust and honing your skills under the tutelage of Adam Walker, coach of the BC MTB Team and owner of The Cycling Co, an elite coaching company that focuses on MTB skill development.

Split between Vernon and Penticton, your camp will see you riding six distinct MTB areas that provide over 2000kms of singletrack to choose from. Your days will consist of a relaxed breakfast followed by a morning skills session with Adam. After a hearty lunch, we’ll guide you on an afternoon free-ride session exploring the best trails of the area, and we’ll split into a couple of groups so that you can ride the pace and terrain that best suits you.

In true MTB fashion, we’ll finish each day with a social gathering, whether cracking an ice cold micro-brew in the parking lot at the end of the session, or sharing stories in the hotel lounge before dinner.

Evenings will be a treat, as we’ll arrange dinners that showcase the amazing cuisine and wines of the Okanagan, including Sparking Hill’s famed PeakFine restaurant, Ned Bell’s celebrated Naramata Inn, and winery dinners at Poplar Grove and Hillside.

Thinking you’ll be crammed into an Air BnB like most ‘cycling camps?’ Not a chance! With 3 nights spent at Sparkling Hill Resort and Spa, and 4 in the Penticton Lakeside Resort’s newly renovated West Wing, your nights will be spent in comfort and luxury.

Trip Highlights:

  • Ride the scenic canyon rim of Penticton Creek and climb the smooth, sandy switchbacks to the summit of Campbell Mountain before the hoot-and-holler descent of the Campbell Downhill for one of the most grin-inducing loops in BC.

  • Crack a cold one at Neighbourhood, Marten, Bad Tattoo, Slackwater or any of the other great craft breweries that make you realize that wine isn’t the only great libation in the Okanagan.

  • Roll right out of your hotel room onto Granite, the beautiful purpose-built trail that offers a fast flowing descent, smooth rock slabs, snappy berms, punchy climbs and views worth packing a picnic lunch.

  • Hone your technical skills with one of Canada’s premier MTB coaches and learn why ‘attack position’ will make you a better rider in two minutes.

  • After your ride, relax and revive at Sparking Hill’s KurSpa, the largest luxury spa in Canada overing over 100 different treatments and services.

  • Circumnavigate the Three Blind Mice area via Far Out, Neverland, Rainbow and Bronco for 18km of smooth, buff riding ending with the rip-roaring Flow Coaster/Tsweet Tsue finish that will leave you wondering if it’s worth it to go up and do it all again!

  • After a day of incredible singletrack, enjoy a private dinner paired with local wines at award-winning chef Ned Bell’s Naramata Inn

Package Includes:

  • 3 nights double-occupancy at Sparkling Hill, 4 nights single-occupancy at Penticton Lakeside;
  • 6 days of professional coaching sessions and guided rides;
  • All van transfers including airport pick-up/drop-off from Kelowna airport;
  • 7 hearty breakfasts and 6 picnic lunches;
  • 1 set of Magic Places professional-grade mtb shorts and jersey;
  • Gourmet farewell dinner at Naramata Inn (alcohol excluded);
  • Our friendly and attentive customer service.

Optional Services Include:

  • Sparkling Hill single occupancy room supplement: $500

  • Rental MTB: Contact us to discuss models and price

  • Bike transport Vancouver-Kelowna return: $75

Why Magic Places:

Now in the 30th year, Magic Places has been delivering boutique small-group cycling adventures in countries around the world. With an 84% customer return rate, we have created a ‘family’ of clients using a very simple business model:

1. We love to share our passion of exploring amazing places and cultures on two wheels.

2. We exhaustively researched and ride all our itineraries to ensure the highest standard tours.

3. We show you our appreciation every single day through care, respect and attention to detail.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive at Sparkling Hill Resort just north of the Kelowna airport where, time permitting, we’ll build bikes and head out for a shakeout ride in nearby Ellison Provincial Park before a welcome dinner at the resort’s beautiful restaurant.

Day 2: After Sparkling Hill’s famous breakfast buffet, we’ll spend the morning dialing in the fundamentals of cornering and descending on the fun, flowy network of Ellison. After a hearty lunch we’ll head up to the summit before the rip-roaring descents of Mantle and Granite. Still have some gas in the tank? If the final tear down Blister Sisters doesn’t do it, the climb back up will definitely build your appetite, and our team dinner at Marten Brewpub will definitely solve that problem.

Day 3: Another great breakfast, and we’re off to the other side of Kalamaka Lake to ride the Kal Lake trail network, described by Canadian Olympian Seamus McGrath as ‘the best riding in Canada.’ Climbing skills are the basis for this morning’s sessions and we’ll have lots of opportunity to practice on the nicely-built climb trails to the summit plateau and sweeping views. Your hard work is rewarded with a selection of choice descents, from flowing berms to rock slabs. After a picnic lunch on the beach and some time to kick back, we’ll head back out via the aptly-named Lookout Trail before another lap of Kal Lake sweetness to finish our day. You’ll have plenty of time to kick back at Sparkling Hill before our Italian feast at Vernon’s renowned Intermezzo Restaurant.

Day 4: After breakfast, we load the van and trailer and move south to Penticton, but not before we stop in West Kelowna to sample some of Smith Creek’s finest singletrack. Here we’ll review some of the important skills we’ve been building over the last day before turning you loose on the fast, loamy trails that are best known for flowing berms and beautiful views. Post-ride, we’ll head on to Summerland for a relaxed late lunch at Dirty Laundry Vineyard, with amazing pizzas, microbrews, and of course wine. A short shuttle to Penticton’s Lakeside Resort will give you ample time to explore nearby shops and cafes or simply relax at the hotel. Dinner is a short walk from the hotel, at the exquisite Elma, one of Penticton’s best new digs.

Day 5: Today we throw bikes in the trailer for the short shuttle to Campbell Mountain, where a beautiful circumnavigation of the mountain awaits with trails through flowering meadows, canyon rim riding, and a punchy climb to the summit. On top, Adam will review our descending skills, as you’ll have plenty of opportunity to practice them on the raucous descents that Campbell is famous for. A winery picnic awaits us, where we’ll enjoy local cheeses, charcuterie, and of course, wine. For those still keen, we’ll offer a second shuttle back up to Campbell and guide you up the opposite side of the mountain so you can enjoy another roller-coaster descent and maximize your fun-quotient for the day. Dinner in Poplar Grove’s gorgeous lake-view restaurant is a fitting end for a great day.

Day 6: Penticton’s extensive Three Blind Mice riding area is on the menu today, offering up a myriad of trails winding through ponderous pine forest, rock bluffs, and grasslands that are suitable for all levels of riding. Our morning session offers a short shuttle up the hillside to allow you to access Slabs, the ideal classroom to perfect your rock rolling skills. If you’re not sufficiently stoked by this point, the whooping finish down the aptly named Flow Coaster will seal the deal! Lunch is another delicious picnic, this time at Daydreamer Wines with their friendly sheep likely joining us, and then we’ll head down to Naramata for some great coffee and a wander through town. Our afternoon session sees us returning to 3BM, where we’ll guide you on an amazing circumnavigation of the area with a casual climb, long, flowing singletrack, and a descent that touches all the types of riding that makes Penticton great. We’ll enjoy dinner in the lakeside Hooded Merganser, conveniently located about 80m from your bedrooms!

Day 7: Our final day of riding is a treat (and a surprise). Suffice to say that today’s ride is the culmination of your week of skills development and you’ll enjoy an awesome day of riding one of the Okanagan Valley’s top trails that will be a highlight of your week. We’ll celebrate with great food, cold drinks and big smiles before returning to Penticton with ample time to kick back, hit the brewpub, or get a massage before our private team dinner, prepared by chef Ned Bell in the award-winning Naramata Inn.

Day 8: After breakfast, we’ll pack up and shuttle you back to Kelowna to bid you farewell with a warm smile and hopes to ride with you again.

TRIP PRICE: 3375 pp + GST

Dates: April 11-18, 2021
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