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Old 10-03-12, 01:47 AM   #1
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Calgary to Vancouver starting end of october

I realize weather is difficult to predict, but maybe someone can give
a shot anyway ? I know rain will probably be an issue, but what about
snow and freezing temps this time of year ? Normal ? Daylight from ? to ?
Expect to use about a week , staying in motels/hostels.

Not sure what route is best, Banff - Revelstoke - Kelowna - Merrit - Hope ? (Coqihalla ok for cycling ?)

Or turn south from Banff ? Cranbrook - Trail - Penticton - Hope - Vancouver ? (going to Tsawwassen)
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Old 10-05-12, 04:17 PM   #2
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I just got in today from a week in the south-central mountains of British Columbia. They are about the same elevation as the roadways through the Rocky Mountain passes. I was snowed on (not very much accumulation), experienced very violent winds, lightning and rain showers, and shortened my stay because it was -7C or more overnight the last 2 days. By the end of October there is about 10 hours of reasonable light for riding, and 8 hours max of daytime temperatures for riding. Average temperatures through the Rockies are 0C high to -10C lows. If you dress for the cold, and are staying indoors overnight, your only real problem will be if there is snow accumulations.
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Thanks for the info. Sounds too cold, so will look at cycling from San Fransisco up the coast to Vancouver instead.
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I realize weather is difficult to predict, but maybe someone can give
a shot anyway ? I know rain will probably be an issue, but what about
snow and freezing temps this time of year ? Normal ? Daylight from ? to ?
Expect to use about a week , staying in motels/hostels.

Not sure what route is best, Banff - Revelstoke - Kelowna - Merrit - Hope ? (Coqihalla ok for cycling ?)

Or turn south from Banff ? Cranbrook - Trail - Penticton - Hope - Vancouver ? (going to Tsawwassen)

Weather will be a big issue. Calgary had snow forecast. I think the Fraser canyon is better than coquihalla. At this time of year, motels will be cheaper in some towns... Usually the ones with hostels. Can you cycle 1100 Kms in a week with large elevation gains with shorter days?
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Weather will be a big issue. Calgary had snow forecast. I think the Fraser canyon is better than coquihalla. At this time of year, motels will be cheaper in some towns... Usually the ones with hostels. Can you cycle 1100 Kms in a week with large elevation gains with shorter days?
Yeah, shouldn't be a problem riding that distance, but of course weather and daylight could be an issue. Did a 375km roadrace (very different of course) in 11hrs40min last month, so reasonably fit. Lots of experience riding in mountains as well. Anyway, not an issue now as I don't feel like riding in snow/freezing temps. So looking at other options, like SFO to Vancouver.
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I think if you can get to Kamloops, you'd be fine. From Kamloops, you can take the relatively low route to Cache Creek, then down thru the Fraser Canyon to Hope. The Coquihalla and the Connector from Kelowna to Merrit have some pretty high passes. I've been skiing at Silver Star in November, & coming back has been a total white-out on 97C (Pennask Summit).

I agree, you're much better off riding the coast route to SFO. Pretty unpredictable weather, expect lots of rain, but it might even be warm!

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That's a good route. Less snow for sure. You will hit rain, rain, rain. That's why the trees grow so well here. If you are not particular with direction, go north to south. Winds blow more favourably in that direction. Coast highways during the offseason will give you a fantastic ride.
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