Penticton & Area Cycling Assoc. AGM notice

The Penticton & Area Cycling Assoc.’s Annual General Meeting is on March 3, 2015.

The AGM kicks off at 6pm at the Cannery Brewing. Address 112-1475 Fairview Rd. All ages welcome. Bring cash for beer and your membership- $25 adult, $10 youth. Snack food will be provided.

This is a good time to come out to meet your fellow PACA members, learn about our accomplishments and help plan theĀ future. The evening will be an informative and social opportunity.

Start thinking about how you might be involved in 2015. Either as a board member, ride leader or at any of our numerous events, such as Bike to Work Week, PACA 100, Vortex cyclocross race, First Sunday of the month trail day etc.. We understand that you are busy but even a little bit of help goes a long way to making our events better and better!

Hope to see you there!


Skills Park survey

Hello biking community!
We need your opinion on a location for a bike skills park. We would like to see as many adults and kids on bikes as possible and where, if not in a skills park would you have the possibility to practice, learn, watch other bikers and just hang out?
Last years search narrowed options to land at Munson Mountain where we used to have our cyclo cross races. Do you like this location?
Please take 20 seconds to answer Yes/No in the following survey.
Thank you and we hope to have more details on this topic soon.

3 Blind Mice Partnership Agreement

The public open house for the 3 Blind Mice Trail network Master Plan will be on February 4th, from 6-9pm at the Lakeside Resort, Penticton.
The draft Master Plan for the trail network- prepared by Alpine Bike Parks for PACA, Rec Sites & Trails BC and the City of Penticton will be presented with an opportunity for feedback and discussion. Several representatives from Rec Sites & Trails BC, an Alpine Bike Park employee and PACA members will be present to give info on what we are trying to achieve.
We saw the re-zoning of the city-owned land in December; this covers the remaining larger portion of the trail network, which lies on crown land.
These are exciting times for our community! Please show up to learn more and help secure the remaining larger acreage of the 3 Blind Mice!

Successful Public forum and fundraiser

Sorry for the tardy update- things got a little hectic around Christmas time!

On December 15, the riding community came together to show their overwhelming support for re-zoning the city owned land at the 3 Blind Mice trail network from Low Density Residential to Parks and Recreation. The By-law was voted on by council and they unanimously adopted this change! City staff and council were shown how strongly we feel about our trails and access to recreation. PACA will continue their efforts to secure access to the larger portion of 3BM trails on Crown land early in the New Year. In the meantime we have enthusiastic and strong support from local government for our future plans and activities.

After the council meeting we moved on to the Barking Parrot for a fundraiser for the 3BM trails where we sold 80 tickets for a burger and beer and held prizes for our volunteers from the past year. We raised $783 through the fundraising efforts! Wow, it was a success on all fronts!

Trail Forks – Penticton

We are quite enjoying the Trail Forks Website by Pinkbike. It contains all the information you need on the local trails and the best thing about it, its all user maintained.
Add the trails you’ve ridden, photos and videos you’ve taken, keep everyone up to date on trail conditions and any warnings or concerns. This will keep all our trails running well.
We see lots of great potential in this and we will be adding our very own content as well.
You can even download the GPS files so you can use them on your Smartphone or GPS device.

Be sure to add your Trail Karma with 100% of donations going to PACA.

There are also a couple of Phone Apps to help keep Trailforks updated.

3 Blind Mice as parkland?

Save the Date:

The City of Penticton’s Climate Action Committee has recommended that the City change the OCP to re-zone the 332 acre city-owned property on Riddle rd from Low Density Residential to Parkland. This property is the portion beginning at the top of Riddle Rd. and the one in which PACA has had a Licence to Use for approx. one year.

The Climate Action Committee hopes to qualify for an “avoided forest conversion” which would give carbon credits to the City.

City staff will be bringing forward this recommendation to Council on October 20th and if approved, there will be a Public Open House on November 3rd to discuss this plan.

This would be an incredible tie-in to our current application for creating a Recreational designation on the adjoining ~4000 acres of crown land in which the trails traverse.

Let’s hope that Council approves this recommendation and moves forward with the pubic consultation. We know how special the 3 Blind Mice network is when comparing it to other top North American riding destinations. Many of these places have gone through the process of recognizing and protecting their assets; I hope we can do the same. The payoff would be huge.

Remember to Save the Date: November 3rd for a possible chance to attend this info session which would have a great impact on the land tenure of the trails.


The Vortex 2014 Photos from Race 2.

Photos from The Vortex 2014.
See more on our Facebook page.

Take a Kid Mountain Biking

This weekend marks the eleventh annual celebration of IMBA Canada’s Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day (PACA isĀ making a weekend of it).

See the attached poster for Saturday and we will also be setting up a kids stunts and obstacle course at The Vortex cyclocross race at Munson Mtn on Sunday, Oct. 5

The day begins on Sunday at 9am and will run approx. until noon. Please bring your eager cyclists and if you are able to help out with the event send us a message. There will also be a kids event in the Vortex cyclocross race.


TAKMBThe Vortex flyer 2014