BCBR launches Gravel Explorer LT. One and done ride day.


The Gravel Explorer LT is just a little taste of the BCBR gravel experience and is a great option for anyone not able - or ready - to commit to the full XLT 5-day stage race.

Located in the South Okanagan wine Country of British Columbia, this new one (1) day event will pair nicely with the successful five (5) day stage race and big brother, the original Gravel Explorer XLT. Save the date for the LT, Sept 25th, or the longer XLT, Sept 25-29th, 2022.

Registration for both Gravel Explorer events is now open at with tiered pricing and limited capacity.

The Gravel Explorer LT, with 1600 meters of elevation gain over 91kms will showcase a variety of terrain to create a legendary gravel grind with grit. From the lakeside start line, through the vineyards to the rolling hills of the high country and back again, you will be challenged with a wicked fun time on two wheels. The total distance is 91km, but the timed race route is 71km. The finish for the timed section is at the Little Tunnel on the KVR north of Naramata BC. The remaining 20km are designed to reflect the “Slow Ride” concept and tour the Naramata Bench showcasing the vineyards, viticulture, orchards, artisans and crafters that make this area the Tuscany of North America. You can expect stops along the way to sample the offerings from the local merchants as you make your way to the finish line festivities in Penticton.

Based on the principles successfully executed in inaugural Gravel Explorer (our 5-day stage race) last year, the Explorer LT will deliver a great experience. The aim is to take you everywhere a gravel bike can go, while retaining the essence of an amazing and challenging experience for all riders.

Powered by the BC Bike Race organizing team, we bring passion, experience and dedication to each and every unique cycling event we create. The Gravel Explorer LT and the XLT will be curated and delivered as Fall Classics in the making. Together these two events will offer riders a choice on how they want to enjoy one of the world’s most beautiful locations: Penticton, Naramata and the South Okanagan.

Train all summer with a goal in mind. Enjoy all the other rides and races of summer, knowing the final test and year end celebration will take place in the majestic wine country of the South Okanagan. We hope to see you there!

BCBRGravel LT from BC Bike Race on Vimeo.