The ride starts at the Centennial Park in Armstrong and weaves its way through some residential areas before finally grabbing a hold of rural roadways on the outskirts of town. Riders then follow well paved rural roads all the way to Salmon Arm (about 55k). This portion of the ride is scenic but challenging with lots of rolling hills but no major climbs; however, That all changes once you hit Salmon Arm. A steep long climb out of Salmon Arm greets you at about 55-60 km into the ride. This hill is no picnic so be prepared. After that, there are a few climbs to do but they generally pale in comparison. Eventually you connect back with the original road and cruise back into Armstrong for the finish. A map of the course is at the bottom.
The event is well organized but it is a century ride so it is not a timed event. The riders had no real identifying markers or numbers to indicate that they were participating so it was not difficult for a few unscrupulous individuals to bandit the course. Overall, the event went fairly smooth. The organizers had aid stations on the route and a couple of support vehicles patrolled the course to assist with any mechanical issues that riders may come across. Even though this is an open course, there were some volunteers running traffic control at busy intersections within the city limits.
WHO IS THIS RIDE GOOD FOR?
Realistically, anyone who has had minimal riding experience should be ok on this ride because of the multiple distance choices (56 km option is available). This ride really allows participants to work together in packs and go at your own pace. You will have to have some solid riding experience to tackle the century though. There are a couple of climbs that are no joke especially the hike out of Salmon Arm. If you are looking for a metric century that offers a good challenge, support, and low-key appeal then the OSCR is definitely for you.
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